EPISODE NUMBER: 9023 (November 12, 2012) GUESTS:Ken Burns SPECIAL GUESTS: Jon Stewart | Trevor Potter | Ham Rove | Riley Dinello SEGMENTS:David Petraeus’ “All In” Affair | Colbert Super PAC SHH! – Karl Rove and Jon Stewart | Colbert Super PAC SHH! – Secret Second 501c4 – Trevor Potter | Blitzkrieg on Grinchitude – Santa’s Pipe | Sign Off – Goodbye Colbert Super PAC SUIT REPORT: Dark suit | White shirt | Blue tie with diamonds VIDEOS: Monday, November 12, 2012
Stephen Colbert, the host, co-writer and executive producer of Comedy Central’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series “The Colbert Report,” will be the keynote speaker at the University of Virginia’s 2013 Valedictory Exercises, the Class of 2013 Trustees have announced.
Part of the Finals Weekend festivities, Valediction is the ceremony at which the Class of 2013 will pay tribute to their time at the University and present the class gift and University awards. It will be held May 18 at 11 a.m. on the Lawn.
“The Graduation Committee and the Class Trustees are thrilled to have Stephen Colbert as our speaker,” said Priya Vithani, Class of 2013 graduation committee chair. “We are confident that his presence at Valediction will provide lasting memories, and many laughs, for the graduates and their families and friends.”
Colbert’s wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert, is a 1985 alumna of the College of Arts & Sciences. She double-majored in drama and English and participated in several summer productions of the Heritage Repertory Theatre, now the Heritage Theatre Festival.
In 2011, the Colberts made a generous gift to create a new Arts Scholars program in the College. Arts Scholars have direct access to the best resources in the arts at the University, a senior faculty member as their adviser-mentor, and funding for arts-intensive summer work. Sixteen students benefited from the program in its inaugural year in 2011, and 13 students who entered this fall were selected to be Arts Scholars in studio art, music, drama and dance.
Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate select clips from the overwhelmingly voluminous video catalog and the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.
For this edition of a A Look Back I thought it would be fun to shake things up and honor a very special person in Stephen’s life, Wilford Brimley. According to our fearless host, the pair met when Stephen was an intern on the set of The Firm, and was tasked with shaving Wilford’s back. From then on…it was magic. And “mentoring.” And a lot of early morning phone calls, with our favorite diabeetus spokesperson getting himself into mischief, and usually ending up in imminent personal peril.
I would love to ask the real Stephen sometime where his fascination with this actor came from, but there is no denying he can do a spot-on impression of our walrus-mustached hero. Stephen must see some kind of rock-of-the-ages wisdom in Brimley that is not evident to most people. Let’s take “A Look Back” at TCR’s best Brimley moments. Continue reading →
Welcome to what probably will be the last week of shows before Thanksgiving break. And we know what the top story will be, don’t we—especially for Jon, whose interview with Paula Broadwell has gone viral and is being parsed everywhere for clues and double entendres. Making the rounds along with the clip: a photo of Stewart and Broadwell at a barbecue in North Carolina that she held in honor of vets and wounded warriors. The puns are already flying. I immediately commented that Petraeus surged where he wasn’t supposed to. Lizz Winstead, the original co-creator of The Daily Show, wondered if he’d used surge protection. The New York Post headline read: “Cloak and Shag Her.” Frankly, I’m waiting for more news (and witticisms) to break, because I don’t think this is it.
I’m feeling happy and relieved after the election, not just because of the presidency but also because of the number of women and minorities about to join the Senate. It was an election of many happy firsts, including the first Asian-American woman senator (she’s also the first Buddhist) and the first openly gay woman senator. I didn’t expect to find out so early that Obama had won; I’d steeled myself for an extremely late night–which it turned out to be only because Mitt took so darn long to concede. With the victory speech taking place in the wee hours of the morning, it became just a little harder for those of us who had to go to work the next day. What can I say? I guess that wasn’t Mitt’s problem. Following on the heels of the hurricane, it was all very draining for me.
This week’s guests includes a writer I admire and a politician I don’t. As our Hub-leader said to me, the studio may need to be fumigated on Tuesday.
EPISODE NUMBER: 9022 (November 8, 2012) GUESTS:Rachel Maddow SEGMENTS: Nor’easter & Mitt Romney | Difference Makers – Stephen Dick Jr. | The Plight of Platonic Relationships | Sign Off – Goodnight SUIT REPORT: Dark suit | White shirt | Maroon tie VIDEOS:Thursday, November 8, 2012
EPISODE NUMBER: 9021 (November 7, 2012) GUESTS:Doris Kearns Goodwin STAFF CAMEO: Max Werner SEGMENTS: Four More Years of Hopey Change | Nontraditional Non-White America | Polling Irregularities & Vote-by-phone Scam | Wind Power’s Health Hazards | Sign Off — Solace in a Bottle SUIT REPORT: Black suit | Blue shirt | Yellow striped tie | Bath robe & backwards cap VIDEOS:Wednesday, November 7, 2012
If you watched the special live editions of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report last night, you already know that both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert revealed that Barack Obama won reelection to their studio audiences. Stewart told his audience about the win roughly five minutes after MSNBC and CNN called the election, as the Daily Show was in the midst of a recorded field piece starring correspondent Samantha Bee and then had to toss to commercial. There’s wasn’t much lag time, considering.
However, by the time Colbert’s show began at 11:30 pm ET, everyone in the nation knew that Obama had defeated Romney– everyone except the Colbert Report‘s studio audience. Last night on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS, comedian Pete Dominick host of Stand Up with Pete Dominick on said channel and warm-up comic for the Report, revealed that Colbert purposely kept his audience in the dark about the results. No one was allowed access to the Internet, televisions or their phones upon entering the studio. The idea was that Colbert would get an organic reaction from the crowd once he did let them in on the news. Dominick says at first the audience wasn’t quite sure whether Colbert was serious or joking when he informed them.