Feb 13

Americone Dream Celebrates its 8th Anniversary

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Can you believe it? Americone Dream is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month!! That’s right, eight whole years of vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces and caramel swirl goodness!!

And don’t worry, ‘The Colbert Report’ may have ended last December, but that doesn’t mean the Americone Dream has ended with it. In fact, in their celebration post, Ben & Jerry’s have confirmed that, ‘the Americone Dream will continue on … oh, let’s just say forever.’

So here’s to another eight and however many years more of freedom in your fridge!!

Feb 11

Jon Stewart Announces He is Leaving ‘The Daily Show’

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At today’s taping of ‘The Daily Show’ Jon Stewart announced that he will be leaving ‘The Daily Show’ later this year. The news was later confirmed in a statement released by Comedy Central:

For the better part of the last two decades, we have had the incredible honor and privilege of working with Jon Stewart. His comedic brilliance is second to none. Jon has been at the heart of Comedy Central, championing and nurturing the best talent in the industry, in front of and behind the camera. Through his unique voice and vision, The Daily Show has become a cultural touchstone for millions of fans and an unparalleled platform for political comedy that will endure for years to come. Jon will remain at the helm of The Daily Show until later this year. He is a comic genius, generous with his time and talent, and will always be a part of the Comedy Central family.

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Feb 10

Stephen Colbert is Currently Competing in the 32nd Biennial Pineapple Cup Race

Stephen Colbert is currently competing in the 32nd Biennial Pineapple Cup Race from Port Everglades, Florida to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The race kicked off on Friday, February 6th, 2015 and features a 12-boat fleet take on the challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Stephen is serving as one of three helmsman aboard Miss Maris, J/122, a 40-footer owned by Mark Jordan from the Carolina Yacht Club.

In addition to watching the start of the race in the video above, you can keep track of Miss Maris’s progress with the official race tracker, and following the SORC Sailing Facebook page for race updates.

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Feb 08

‘Telling the Truthiness: The Gospel According to Stephen Colbert’ by Richard Braaksma

Telling the Truthiness The Gospel According to Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert is best known as the mock news pundit of the hit show The Colbert Report. His character is an over the top yet loveable know-it-all who speaks from the gut more than the brain. In the 2005 pilot episode Colbert coined the word “truthiness” to encapsulate his blend of confidence, ignorance, and adherence to the doctrine of American Exceptionalism. Truthiness became the ethos for The Colbert Report, but it also became a brand of satirical comedy which Colbert has pioneered and developed over the last ten years.

Nevertheless, good comedy is about more than just getting laughs. Good comedy tells the truth, reveals that the Emperor has no clothes, and shines light into the dark corners of our world. While Stephen Colbert is no stranger to trivial silliness, his overall comedic voice is deep and profound. This voice – honed over hundreds of episodes, public appearances, and public stunts – is fundamentally concerned with telling the truth. Truth by satire. Truth by telling lies. Telling The Truthines.

This book explores the function of Colbert’s comedy and art as truth telling. At the same time, it draws out biblical themes and ideas including the doctrine of sin, truth and revelation, comedy and sarcasm in the bible, and ultimately, “parhessia” – a New Testament word having to do with redeemed human beings granted “free speech” before God.

Telling The Truthiness affords space to wrestle with how Colbert wears mock ignorance to mirror the blissful ignorance of our culture. It delves into the cathartic nature of poking fun of our “sacred cows,” the historical prophetic calling to speak truth to power, the ability to face darkness with laughter, and the gospel related freedom the truth brings – even the freedom to not take ourselves too seriously.

This book is not a biography of Stephen Colbert. Nor is it a mere highlighting of religious moments on the show that confirm Colbert’s Catholic convictions or religious sensibilities. This book is an analysis and celebration of the art of Stephen Colbert as prophetic truth-telling.

Available in Paperback or on Kindle.

Feb 06

SNL’s Lorne Michaels Regrets Passing on Stephen Colbert

Lorne Michaels and Stephen ColbertThe Hollywood Reporter‘ is releasing a special ‘Saturday Night Live’ themed magazine edition ahead of the shows 40th Anniversary Special which is set to air on February 15th, 2015. The magazine features a reflective interview with the show’s creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, in which he talks about some of the major performers who auditioned for the show but were turned down.

Even the best guts in the business can miss. Whom did you overlook that you kicked yourself over later?

Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell auditioned. There were lots of people who you’d see how brilliant they were, but you knew on some level that it wasn’t going to work. Lisa Kudrow gave a brilliant audition, but it was at the time when it was Jan Hooks and Nora [Dunn]. I wasn’t at the Jim Carrey audition, but somebody who was there said, “I don’t think Lorne would like it,” and they were probably wrong, but it doesn’t matter. Or maybe they were right — who knows? No one gets it all right.

Full Interview:The Hollywood Reporter

What do you think Hubsters. Would you have liked to have seen Stephen Colbert as a ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member? Do you think he would make a good guest host? Or are you struggling to comprehend what life would be like if ‘The Colbert Report’ did not exist?

Feb 03

Six Degrees – January 2015 Catch Up

Six Degrees of Stephen Colbert 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 new humour pieces from Frank Lesser, interviews and a new comedy album from Kevin Bartini, interviews with Al Madrigal and Larry Wilmore, award wins for Jon Stewart and Rob Dubbin, Pete Dominick and Neil deGrasse Tyson launch new talk shows, and The Second City have written a new book.

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Jan 31

Dixon Talent Acquired by WME-IMG

One of New York’s top independent talent managers is joining the growing WME-IMG fold.

James Dixon, whose Dixon Talent represents Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, among others, is selling his business to the sports and entertainment behemoth that has been on a buying spree of late. Dixon’s A-list clients are expected to remain with the firm.

Dixon, whose small management company has amassed an enviable roster of clients, including comic Adam Carolla, ESPN’s Bill Simmons and The Voice host Carson Daly, will remain a separate entity under the WME-IMG banner, rather than being integrated into the bigger fold. The acquisition will boost WME-IMG’s roster of top comics and TV broadcasters. The company already represents Chris Matthews and Charlie Rose, among others in that space.

“James has built his business on two core philosophies that are intrinsic to WME-IMG: a belief in great talent and applying an entrepreneurial approach to representation,” WME-IMG co-CEO Patrick Whitesell tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. Adds co-CEO Ari Emanuel: “We look forward to extending his business even further through the resources WME-IMG has to offer across each of its divisions.”

Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.

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