In an emotional address, and flanked by family and friends, Colbert Busch singled out her army of volunteers in particular, stating “your time, your hard work, your dedication, and your confidence in me will take me to wherever my next journey is.” She concluded by saying, “my only pledge was to the people of the first district, and I respect your decision. This is the beauty of our country,” adding, “I assure you I will continue to fight for the state of South Carolina.”
Welcome to the ‘Six Degrees Catch Up Edition’ featuring all the latest happenings and goings on in the world of ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert Report’ staff and ‘Friends of the Show’.
In this month’s catch up we have a new humour piece from Frank Lesser, discusses on comedy writing with Meredith Scardino, J.R. Havlan, Josh Lieb and Lewis Black, a new book from David Sedaris, and Steve Carell talks about his Daily Show screaming rivalry with Stephen Colbert.
‘The Hollywood Reporter’ talks to Comedy Central’s programming chief Kent Alterman about letting Jon Stewart take leave to direct a feature film, future opportunities for John Oliver, and how concerning it is to hear Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s name suggested as future successors of David Letterman.
Stephen Colbert’s and Stewart’s names have come up in many recent late-night stories, most often as potential David Letterman replacements. How concerning is that for you?
They have not approached us about wanting to do that. The great thing for us right now is that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are beating every one of those other late-night shows in our demographic of 18- to 49-year-olds, and I haven’t heard anything that indicates that they’re about to jump ship.
As Iran nears elections in June, the government has launched a renewed assault on the media with arrests, repression, and harassment. Join us in New York for a special screening of ‘Forced Confessions’, a film documenting the history of this tactic in Iran, followed by a discussion exploring the political, social, and personal implications of criminalizing the press, along with the worrying trends under new governments in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya.
Forced Confessions, a documentary film by Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, follows six writers, journalists, and scholars who were tortured for their writings and forced to issue false confessions. The film’s director Maziar Bahari, himself a survivor of what the film calls “the Iranian regime’s attempt to legitimize its rule through force,” joins political satirist Jon Stewart and Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon in the panel discussion following the screening.
Date: Wednesday, May 8 at 7:30PM Location: School of Visual Arts (Manhattan, New York City) Tickets:$25 Bonus: Ticket holders will receive a personal copy of ‘Attacks on the Press’
Comedy Central is expanding its late-night block with a new show hosted by comedian/producer Chris Hardwick and co-produced by Funny Or Die. The untitled show, which will launch in the fall, will air four nights a week at midnight, following The Colbert Report, giving the network a 11 PM-12:30 AM block anchored by The Daily Show. Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant will serve as executive producers/showrunners on the Chris Hardwick show, returning to Comedy Central, where they co-created and starred on the cult series Reno 911!
The show, Comedy Central’s first midnight strip, will be formatted as a comedic panel show that will have a heavy social-media presence integrated throughout. It is produced by Comedy Central and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Funny Or Die, with Brillstein Entertainment Partners expected to executive produce along with Serious Business (Alex Blagg, Jason Nadler, Jon Zimelis) and Nerdist Industries, Hardwick and Peter Levin’s production company for multi-platform genre and pop culture content. In addition to the 11:30 PM broadcast late-night talk shows, Comedy Central’s Chris Hardwick program will face another new midnight cable strip — TBS’ series toplined by comedian Pete Holmes, which also is slated to launch in the fall and air four nights a week.
The Colbert Busch/ Sanford debate moderators react to the crowd’s thunderous applause following Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s final remarks, which included the revelation that, if elected, she would take a 10% pay cut in light of the current fiscal dysfunction in Congress.
South Carolina’s First District constituents were treated to a lively debate held at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, April 29, 2013. This debate offered the first glimpse of Elizabeth Colbert Busch under the scrutiny of a publicly moderated format against her competitor, former Governor Mark Sanford. From the rush of applause that greeted her entrance to the debate, there was no doubt as to the powerful presence of her supporters. However, a strong contingent of vocal Sanford supporters were also present, quick to applaud the former Gov as he touted his financial credentials — for example, his being a member of the “Republican Revolution” in the 1994 Congress and for famously turning away stimulus money as Governor. Let’s take a look at this lively exchange, and its ramifications for the remaining days leading up to the election on May 7th.