Yes, as we all know by now, it is HOBBIT week on the Report! The first film of the trilogy, An Unexpected Journey, officially premieres December 14th, in IMAX and HD, so fans will truly be able to feel as if they’re entering Middle Earth. (The next two, The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, will screen in 2013 and 2014, respectively.) Stephen must feel as if his self-described “joy machine” has just kicked into overdrive. Does anyone remember Woody Allen’s Sleepers and the Orgasmatron? I think this will be the emotional equivalent of that physical experience for Mr. Colbert. I expect we’re going to see a blissfully happy host on the next four shows.
Here are two articles trumpeting what’s about to happen this week:
Because you know who most of these guests are, I’ve gone light on the bios and a little heavier on the links. And let’s enjoy these precious episodes as we count down to the holiday break.
And by the way–David Hallberg tweeted a picture of “fellow tights-wearing friend” Stephen at the Kennedy Center gala, where Hallberg was honoring ballerina Natalia Makarova and Stephen was toasting David Letterman.
It’s been a busy weekend, so I’m keeping it short this time. But I can definitely say that I think Stephen has truly been delivering the goods in the past few weeks, and I am really looking forward to the upcoming shows. Sometimes I’m almost scared when the episodes are so consistently brilliant. How can he keep it up, I wonder? Is it possible to maintain such a heavenly high level, day after day, week after week? I certainly hope so, and a tip, tip, tip of the hat to the entire Colbert Report staff for what they do.
Meanwhile, I hope Stephen had a very special Father’s Day with his family.
Now, on to the guests. The week begins with economics and ends with theoretical physics. How’s that for a smart show? Continue reading →
And welcome back after a week without Stephen. I’m glad to have him and Jon back; think of the stories they’ve been missing while they were away! The Murdoch phone hacking scandal. The end (on Fox) of Glenn Beck. The final space shuttle going up. Boehner being a bonehead again. I bet the writers have been jotting down jokes. How could they resist?
Now, before I give you the actual guests, I am going to present: Karen’s week of wish guests! If I could program The Colbert Report for four days, I’d want this: Continue reading →