Jun 20

The New York Times Hails Stephen Colbert’s ‘Digital Nation’

Dave Itzkoff of NYT has written a timely article lauding Team Stephen’s effort to release topical pieces months ahead of Late Show’s premiere:

In an online video, Stephen Colbert performed his own version of [Trump’s] speech, offering his mock support. […] But there is a crucial difference between Mr. Colbert and his comedic peers: He is not appearing on television and won’t be until Sept. 8, when he will take over as host of CBS’s “Late Show,” succeeding David Letterman, who stepped down from that program in May.

With the help of the Internet, Mr. Colbert and his “Late Show” collaborators are hoping to preserve the host’s connection to his fans, develop the voice of their new program and keep pace with their late-night competitors.

As Mr. Colbert explained in an email, “We like our audience and want to give them gifts to let them know we miss them.”

Rob Dubbin, a writer for Mr. Colbert’s “Late Show” and its producer of digital entertainment, said in an interview: “The last I heard, we were still planning to do a show. We’re as anxious to get back to it as people seem to be to receive it.”

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Jun 20

Stephen Colbert at the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction and Awards

Stephen Colbert event photos

Stephen Colbert and wife Evelyn McGee-Colbert attended the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction and Awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 18, 2015 in New York City.

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Jun 20

Stephen Colbert Inducts Toby Keith into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Stephen Colbert made a surprise appearance at the 46th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame ceremony on Thursday night. On hand to induct country musician Toby Keith, Colbert strode onstage clad in a black Stetson, black shirt and denim jacket with white fur collar, where he sang a spot on rendition of Keith’s 2005 country chart-topper “As Good As I Once Was”, backed by the show’s house band.

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Jun 18

Stephen Colbert Mocks Donald Trump’s Presidential Bid

Worried that Stephen & Co. wouldn’t be able to weigh in on Donald Trump’s announcement that he is running for President of the United States? Worry not.

Marking his return to the world of political comedy, Stephen Colbert had an announcement of his own on Tuesday. Mimicking Trump’s rambling speech and donning a Trump-style hairdo and accent, Colbert was rolled to a podium in “a giant human trashcan”, where he announced that, “Donald Trump’s campaign for president of the United States is not just great for America, it’s great for late night television, because Donald’s presidential campaign has inspired me, Stephen T. Colbert, to announce that I will still be hosting ‘The Late Show‘ on CBS” (debuting Sept. 8th).

This isn’t the first time Colbert has mocked Trump. Back in 2012, Trump offered $5 million to charity if President Barack Obama would provide his college transcripts and passport. In turn, Colbert offered to donate $1 million to the charity of Trump’s choice if he allows Colbert to dip his balls in his mouth on ‘The Colbert Report‘.

Jun 17

Excerpts featuring Stephen Colbert from ‘Sick in the Head’ by Judd Apatow

Sick in the Head Conversations About Life and Comedy by Hudd Apatow

To mark the release of Judd Apatow’s ‘Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy‘ on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, Vulture have put together an article featuring some of the best stories from the book, including three from Stephen Colbert.

Stephen Colbert wasn’t burned out, he just didn’t respect punditry anymore.
It wasn’t necessarily that Stephen Colbert got burned out. “I like the grind,” he tells Apatow. The reason why he decided to retire his conservative pundit was because he felt done with the model. “I play a character on my show, and he’s modeled on punditry, and I no longer respect my model. That’s my problem,” said Colbert. “Regardless of whether I was moving on to something else after this show, I don’t know if I could have done it much longer, because you have to be invested in your model. And I really am not. I can’t watch that stuff anymore.” Good thing he quit before the elections.

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Jun 16

Comedy Central Launches Emmy Campaign

Comedy Central Launches Emmy Campaign With Big Social Media Push

Comedy Central is going big for the launch of its Emmys for your consideration campaign.

In what the network believes is a first, it is simultaneously releasing a video of some of its finest moments from the past year (see below) across all of its multiplatorm channels — from ComedyCentral.com to YouTube to SnapChat Discover to Facebook. The network says it has 140 million fans across these platforms.

“We are celebrating our talent certainly with Emmy voters, but also with our fans as well,” says Walter Levitt, Comedy Central’s Chief Marketing Officer.

[…] “They are incredible, iconic moments,” Levitt says. “We screen lots of episodes of our content and try to find the moments that best represent the incredible talent we have at Comedy Central. The team did an amazing job of highlighting all of our franchises in a way that is both fun and celebratory.”

Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.