EPISODE NUMBER: 11010 (October 14, 2014) GUESTS:Neil Young SEGMENTS: A Week of Victories for Gay Rights | Say Yes to Rick Scott | Neil Young | Neil Young – “Who’s Going to Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)” | Sign Off – “Special Deluxe” SUIT REPORT: Gray Suit | Light Blue Shirt | Purple Patterned Tie VIDEOS:Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Comedy Central has once again joined forces with Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions and New York Collaborates for Autism for its sixth biennial special event, “Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs.” Taping on Saturday, February 28 from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, the benefit for Autism programs will feature Stewart hosting an evening filled with live performances, sketches and short films from a roster of comedy all-stars. “Night of Too Many Stars” will premiere on Comedy Central on Sunday, March 8.
EPISODE NUMBER: 11009 (October 13, 2014) GUESTS:Walter Isaacson SEGMENTS: Intro | Midterms ‘014 – Detour to Gridlock – An Exciting Thing that I am Totally Interested In | Midterms ‘014 – Detour to Gridlock – Dennis Daugaard | 32 Episodes Left for The Report | Walter Isaacson | Sign Off – Quality Time With Americone Dream SUIT REPORT: Navy Suit | Pale blue striped shirt | Gray & blue striped tie VIDEOS:Monday, October 13, 2014
Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.
Hello, Colbert News Hub! Great week of shows coming up before the break, I personally am enjoying the uptick in midterms-related news recently because there are only so many scary stories you can read and watch about ISIS and ebola. Races that could provide great material for the Report this week include a close one in Iowa between hog-castrator Joni Ernst and tongue-twister Bruce Braley (who recently got into a heated debate over dark money donations that she received from the Koch brothers and that he received from Michael Bloomberg), and one in Texas between sneaker-clad feminist Wendy Davis and attorney general Greg Abbott (a paraplegic, and the subject of Davis’s ill-advised attack ad which featured an ominous shot of his empty wheelchair). The week’s uplifting highlight was Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi’s Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for childrens’ rights.
Stephen’s guests this week are two authors, a musician, and an writer/director. Jon’s are a journalist, a comedian, a pundit, and a lawyer. Let us know who you’re excited to hear from this week, and what you’d like to see covered in the shows!
Stephen Colbert, the satirist and television host set to take over David Letterman’s late-night program, looked out a porthole of the U.S.S. Intrepid last night, in silence, taking in the lapping water and lights of the piers. It seemed to me an utterly reasonable response after he’d hosted a gala for StoryCorps focusing on its Military Voices Initiative.
At the gala, Colbert navigated through excerpts of seven stories, accompanied by photographs of the narrators or animations. There was the national guardsman who bonded with a shy boy in Baghdad by playing rock, paper, scissors; the corporal whose face was burned by a bomb in Afghanistan; the veteran who, by chance, met a nurse who had cared for his dying son in Iraq.
I could have used a few minutes in front of a porthole. Instead, I got to interrupt Colbert’s contemplative stance for a one-on-one moment.
“I’m so grateful to be reminded of how important it is to know how other people suffer,” Colbert said. “We want to be happy all the time. But happiness is not as good as being loved and loving. And these are loving experiences. People need human connection.”
Did he have any advice for drawing out these kinds of stories — a way of asking a question? “I’ve got a lot more to learn from the people in these booths who are just talking to each other in honest ways,” Colbert said. “What I do is construct. What they do is really true.”
EPISODE NUMBER: 11008 (October 9, 2014) GUESTS:Robert Plant SEGMENTS: Intro | Columbus Day Under Attack | Raining vs. Sprinkling | “Republicans Are People Too” | Robert Plant | Sign Off – “lullaby and… the Ceaseless Roar” WEB EXCLUSIVE:“Little Maggie” SUIT REPORT: Dark suit | White shirt | Navy patterned tie VIDEOS:Thursday, October 9, 2014
Tonight’s episode was a personal dream come true for me. As a lifelong fan of Led Zeppelin and a super fan of The Colbert Report, two of my passions converged. Robert Plant was absolutely fantastic. Stephen seemed to enjoy that one-of-kind rock ‘n roll energy that Plant provided. It was an excellently funny interview and a phenomenal performance by a true rock legend. In 1975, Plant stood on the balcony of a hotel on the Sunset Strip in LA and declared, “I am a golden god!” Who could argue with that?!