Nov 27

A Look Back: One Last TCR Thanksgiving for 2014

Colbert News Hub A Look Back Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


Happy Thanksgiving, Hubsters! I hope our U.S. community members are having a great time with family and friends. I am preparing to deep-fry a turkey for the first time, so keep me in your thoughts/prayers. We may be ordering take out if all else fails.

Although I am doing my best domestic diva impression, thoughts of TCR and its impending finale loom heavily in my mind….how about you guys? I haz a sad, especially with the holidays upon us.

I thought it would be nice to review some great turkey-related moments from the Report before the show shuts down. We are going to feature Joseph Gobbles, the best TCR turkey ever to be had, and a pretty fierce segment about that weird time last year when Hannukah and Thanksgiving intersected. Review these great moments, and shout out your thoughts in the comments!

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Nov 03

A Look Back: Stephen Colbert featured in “The Greatest Love”

He’s back in Korean! Following his bitter 2008 feud with Korean popstar Rain, Stephen Colbert was briefly featured in episode two of the Korean romantic dramedy, “The Greatest Love” (최고의 사랑 or Choego-ui Sarang) which aired for 16 episodes in 2011 on MBC.

After seeing some screencaps from the episode posted by raburabujutsu on tumblr, we here at Hub were naturally curious about Stephen’s random appearance on a Korean dramedy “about true love in the fake world of entertainment”.

In the scene [14:14 – 15:28], Dokko Jin (Cha Seung-won), a popular yet flawed celebrity, is laid up in bed pretending to be injured from an accident as an excuse for not making it to Hollywood. Kim Jae-Seok (Im Ji-Kyu) enters the room to find Dokko Jin watching foreign language television to improve his English skills – more specificially, Stephen Colbert’s 2007 interview on ‘Larry King Live’ (CNN) [Transcript].

(Thank you to CNHelper for tracking down the episode, and Jess for all of her K-Drama knowledge!)

Sep 14

A Look Back — Stephen on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Stephen Colbert A Look Back Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


Way back in April 2004 then Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss his brushes (or lack thereof) with Candidate Greatness on the ’04 presidential campaign trail. We all remember his *one* question with Howard Dean, right? He also talks about his wife’s discomfort with a NSFW comedic piece he did on Kimmel’s Comedy Central show Crank Yankers. Stephen ends the interview with an edited piece about editing a piece, channeling tyrannical bits of what soon would become his character just a year and a half later. Check it out:

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Particularly poignant is when Stephen first gets onstage, he looks around and says, “This feels good. I’ve got to get me a gig like this.” I think you just did, sir.

Jun 20

A Look Back: Second City’s “Life on a Spit”

Stephen Colbert A Look Back

Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


Due to the abrupt closing of the Boston Market down the street from Chicago’s Second City, the theatre paid homage by releasing a little gem of scene from 1994 called “Life on a Spit,” featuring our fearless host as a philosophical “Boston Chicken” Man behind the counter:

I love that this scene takes something as innocuous as a place famed for its runny mac-n-cheese, then injects a little bit of profundity into it. Wouldn’t it be better if we were all revolving, and evolving? The results would be delicious. Enjoy the vid!

Feb 08

A Look Back: 2010 Vancouver Olympics

The Sochi Olympics have kicked off, and needless to say, they’ve been kind of a debacle. From the weeks-long media focus on Putin’s strong disregard for and legislative push against the LGBT community, to Pussy-Rioting, to international yogurt intrigue, to facilities and hotels with less-than-adequate accommodations, it’s been a rough go for Russia, and undoubtedly the athletes as well.

The Winter Games’ previous host, Vancouver, was a far more benign, if almost snow-less, venue. Thanks to the Colbert Nation raising $200,000 for the U.S. speed skating team, our fearless host found himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and hosting a week of shows for the Games. Let’s take a fond look back at the Winter Olympics that were (with functioning toilets.)

© Sports Illustrated

© Sports Illustrated

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Feb 01

Photos of Stephen Colbert as a Student at Northwestern

Stephen Colbert in college

© David Downs (via Buzzfeed)

During his tenure as an acting teacher in the theatre department at Northwestern University, David Downs took many candid photographs of students, including these of a young, and ridiculously cute Stephen Colbert.

Head to Buzzfeed for the complete set of photos.

(Thank you to Clem and StephenSmile64 for the Tip!)

Jan 03

Best of 2013: The Colbert Report in Review

The Colbert Report Emmys

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Forgive me if this post seems a bit repetitive and reminiscent of my Eighth Anniversary post, but it seems behoovy to step back and enjoy 2013 and the year that was for Stephen & co. and The Colbert Report. The Emmy celebration did not seem to abate after the show clinched its two wins in September — in fact, it still seems we are all celebrating now. Perhaps, unwittingly, Jon Stewart taking the summer off to direct Rosewater gave Stephen a slight edge, allowing him to take the ceremonial slot of Best. In any event, it was good to see our host and our show get accolades they richly deserve.

Let’s review 2013’s best moments for Stephen and the program as we prepare for another great year of shows.
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Oct 21

A Look Back: Character Breaks

Colbert News Hub A Look Back

Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


Stephen Colbert’s character breaks never fail to be equal parts charm and side-splitting hilarity. Character breaks prove that under the sometimes starchy construct of Stephen’s character is a real man bursting with a profoundly silly sense of humor. When said silliness leaks out on air, the results are priceless.

Colbernation.com has been running some compilation videos, their “5 x Five” series, and put together an homage to some great character breaks:

These are some good selections, but I would say you’ve got to consider BasilMarceaux.com as well. And I know it’s going back, but Filliam H. Muffman was also a pretty critical early character break.

What are some classic character breaks you might suggest? Let us know in the comments.