Stephen Colbert, addressing the graduating class of Wake Forest University on this beautiful spring day, delighted the crowd with zingers about rival universities Duke and UNC, Wake Forest’s own curious campus traditions, and a few topical jokes for good measure.
In the core message of his speech, interestingly, he likened his own personal transition to The Late Show to the transition to careers the graduates are undertaking. It was a surprising and touching approach:
Stephen Colbert Tells Wake Forest Graduates: “It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Person We’ve Become
“I just spent many years learning how to do one thing really well. I got so comfortable with that place, that role, those responsibilities that it came to define how I saw myself. But now that part of my life is over. It’s time to say goodbye to the person we’ve become, we’ve worked so hard to perfect, and to make some crucial decisions in becoming who we’re going to be. For me, I’ll have to figure out how to do an hour-long show every night. You at some point will have to sleep. I’m told the Adderall wears off eventually. Good luck.”
Comedian, political satirist and late night television host Stephen Colbert will deliver Wake Forest University’s commencement address on Monday, May 18, 2015.
[…] “We are thrilled Stephen Colbert has accepted the invitation to speak at Wake Forest’s commencement ceremony,” said President Nathan O. Hatch. “I’m not sure what our graduates will enjoy more – how his creative genius reflects the exaggerated extremes of politics and contemporary life or how so many of us at Wake Forest will find ourselves on the receiving end of his jokes.”
Wake Forest’s commencement ceremony is a ticketed event reserved for graduates, their families and guests and is not open to the public. The ceremony takes place on Hearn Plaza at 9am. EST.
A livestream webcast of the ceremony will be available at go.wfu.edu/wfu15. Media who wish to attend must request credentials online by May 8.
Jerry Seinfeld talking about ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ on ‘The Colbert Report’, July 17th, 2013.
‘Extra‘ spoke to Jerry Seinfeld at the New York premiere party for Colin Quinn’s new web series “Cop Show,” where he revealed some of the famous faces who will be appearing on the sixth season of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee‘, which will return on Sony’s Crackle digital platform on June 4, 2015.
“Coming up this spring we have Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher, Steve Harvey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.”
Stephen Colbert made his CBS debut last night as host of the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. While Stephens role was largely to open and close the show, he did briefly appear on stage with David Letterman, who was on hand to and to introduce Tom Hanks, as the pair made a fleeting reference to upcoming transition which will take place on the “Late Show” in 2015.
FedEx CEO Fred Smith was ostensibly the main man at the Ad Council’s annual fundraising dinner on Wednesday night, but it can be hard even for the winner of a public service award to compete with The Man Who’s Succeeding David Letterman.
Yes, Stephen Colbert, in his waning days as host of Comedy Central’s Colbert Report and just months away from taking the reins of CBS’s The Late Show, shined in his role as emcee of the event, which drew some 1,400 ad executives to the Waldorf Astoria in New York and raised a record $3.5 million.