Jan 16

The Colbert Report: Immortal Satire

A Look Back at “The Colbert Report’s” great satirical moments reveals how the show will live on in the public consciousness, long after its finale.

Stephen Colbert on Stack of Bibles

Rebellious and somehow still reverent, “The Colbert Report” was an equal-opportunity Truthiness Revealer in its treatment of hot-button sociopolitical issues.

Stephen Colbert is King of the Internet. He has been regularly memed, tumblerized, quoted, cited, blogged about, tweeted about, celebrated and possibly inflated by the media, cruelly deflated by the media, and so on, throughout his long nine-year run hosting The Colbert Report. In whatever light he is cast, Stephen Colbert and his team’s brand of satire on The Colbert Report will continue to ripple out for a long, long time. The invocation of his name on every piece of the internet-o-sphere is no accident, but rather a reflection of his influence and appeal. However, this phenomenon took years to develop, and required that the show adapt and grow. Increasingly, the show ventured off the set and took its improvisational games out into the real world in order to reach its satirical goals. In this post, I will explore some of the pivotal events that resulted. Its malleable nature notwithstanding, the program’s core concept of exposing “truthiness” has remained intact, and has not only become popularized, but immortalized; therefore, its message will linger in public consciousness for years to come.

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Jan 16

Stephen Colbert’s “The Alibi” Passed Over by HBO’s “Project Greenlight”

Last December we reported that “The Alibi”, a comedy scripted by Stephen Colbert about a service that cleans up messes and creates cover stories for cheating spouses, had moved forward in production.

The New York Times” recently report that:

“As for Miramax, the company has its logo on the new movie and is finally getting cash flow from scripts once thought dead. […] while a third, written by Stephen Colbert and titled “The Alibi,” has been picked up by HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” the old reality competition that is being revived for 2015.”

The article was later corrected, stating that the script had not in fact been picked up by “Project Greenlight”.

“The Alibi” has not been picked up by HBO’s “Project Greenlight,” the old reality competition that is being revived for 2015. (“The Alibi” was considered for the show, but then “Greenlight” executives decided to move forward with a different script.)

But perhaps, more importantly, given the age of the script, how much of the current version is Stephen Colbert’s original work? If it were to be put into production, would Stephen be as proud of “The Alibi” now as he was when he first wrote it?

(Thank you to Sharilyn for the Tip!)

Jan 15

Jim Hoskinson Receives a ‘Directors Guild of America’ Award Nomination

Directos Guild of America Awards Congratulations to Jim Hoskinson who has been nominated for a “Directors Guild of America Award” in the category of “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety / Talk / News / Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming” for Episode #11040 of ‘The Colbert Report’. Jim was previously nominated for his work on ‘The Colbert Report’ in 2007 for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety” for episode #3052 and in 2013 for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety / Talk / News / Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming” for episode #10004.

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Jan 13

The ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ to Premiere in September [Update]

The ‘Late Show’ will premiere Tuesday, September 8, CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler announced Monday morning at the Television Critics Associations’ semi-annual press tour.

“With an election year, it’s going to be nice to have the smartest guy in the room on at 11:30 p.m.,” she said. Last April, CBS announced that Colbert would succeed David Letterman.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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Jan 13

Event ReporT: A Candid Conversation with the Real Stephen Colbert – A Benefit for Two River Theater Company at Count Basie Theatre (2009)

The Colbert Report taping report Hubster Kevin has sent us this wonderful “Event ReporT” from his trip to “A Candid Conversation with the Real Stephen Colbert – A Benefit for Two River Theater Company at Count Basie Theatre” from way back on November 1st, 2009.


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Jan 12

Stephen Colbert is ‘America’s Cool Pastor’

A recent article by Splitsider extols the virtue of Stephen’s religious faith and examines its impact on the Report. At the end, the author Devin Klos reveals a personal interaction with Stephen that is quite touching.

The Colbert Report’s chief mission, much like The Daily Show’s, is to expose truths within our society’s machinations (and make us laugh, obviously). Each night, they attempt to pull the curtain back to reveal that the all powerful Oz is just a man with special effects and a megaphone. Whereas most comedians go with the easy joke that religion is BS, that God is another version of this Oz to control the masses, Colbert wants us to look harder and realize that it’s the message and not the megaphone that matters.

Many years ago, I worked as an intern at The Daily Show. It was among the happiest achievements of my young life to that point. I was more than a bit star-struck to be in a space among so many people I respected and admit to being tongue-tied and feeling unworthy in such company. One afternoon, Stephen Colbert came in to the office. His show was about to premiere so he hadn’t spent much time in our studio. As he walked past me at my cubicle, he stopped and said, “You’re a new face, what’s your name?” I didn’t know what to really say, so I replied, “Oh, I’m just an intern.”

Colbert looked at me a moment and then said: “Just an intern? Hey, look, everybody starts somewhere. I was just an understudy at one point, but that’s just a point in time. It’s not about where you are now, or even where you hope to go, it’s who you are that matters. I’m Stephen, who are you?” I introduced myself and we shook hands. “Don’t let your place in the world dictate who you are to anyone. We all have the same merit.” Then he was gone, but his words lingered.

Full article: Splitsider

Jan 11

CBS is Looking Forward to Viral Content from Stephen Colbert and James Corden

Speaking at International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, Les Moonves, the President and CEO of CBS, gave the first indication of what is to come from CBS’ new look late night line up. While discussing the increasing convergence of traditional media and online content, Moonves discussed his anticipation of a much more social media-savvy late night pairing with the incoming Stephen Colbert (‘Late Show’) and James Corden (‘Late Late Show’).

“We’re looking forward to our new late night group of guys, where we have Colbert and Corden coming on, who are, you know, much more user-friendly in social networking. That’s gonna make a huge difference to I think our ratings, and hopefully our advertising.”

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Jan 09

Stephen Colbert to Appear on ‘Inside Comedy’

Stephen Colbert with David Steinberg on Inside Comedy

Showtime has picked up interview series ‘Inside Comedy‘, from David Steinberg and Steve Carell, for a fourth season, for premiere later this year. Steinberg will continue as host of the six, half-hour episodes.

Stephen Colbert, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, Ted Danson and Emmy-nominated writer/comedian Carol Leifer are among those scheduled to appear on Season 4. Each episode offers viewers a look inside the career-defining moments, the influences and personal anecdotes of the world’s top entertainers, along with rare footage of some of their most memorable performances on the stage, television and film.

Source: Deadline.com