Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) announced today the honorees for the 9th Annual IAVA Heroes Gala, held on the day after Veteran’s Day, November 12, 2015 at New York City’s Cipriani 42nd Street. MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-anchor and “Today Show” host, Willie Geist, will return to host the gala honoring Scott Wine, Daniel Rodriguez, and our country’s newest generation of veterans and their supporters. Special guest Stephen Colbert, “The Late Show” host and IAVA Heroes Gala 2011 honoree will provide remarks and be in attendance along with American hero J.R. Martinez, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and other honored guests.
Full Press Release and Ticket Details: IAVA.org
Stephen Colbert and Hugh Jackman co-host the Global Citizen Festival on September 26th, 2015 on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York. The co-hosts will be joined by Deborra-Lee Furness, Salma Hayek Pinault, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde, and feature performances by Pearl Jam, Beyoncé, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran.
** Update: The live stream has now ended. For photo’s from the event, please head to our Pinterest board.
Stephen’s masterful interview with Vice President Joe Biden has been one of the most underrated political moments of 2015. Biden, who has been weighing a potential presidential run, has shunned any media inquiries since the tragic passing of his son Beau earlier this year. Even close advisers have not been able to telegraph the Vice President’s true intentions.
Bearing all that in mind, when the Vice President appeared on the Late Show, Stephen gently but firmly prodded answers out of the still grief stricken Biden, while giving the VP a little space to remember his son. Stephen even used his own experiences with grief to comfort and cajole Biden, who at times would hesitate while speaking due to his emotions.
The interview has culminated in a surge of interest in a Draft Biden Super PAC that has been trying to recruit the Vice President into the presidential race. The surge further confirms that the old show’s “Colbert Bump” is still a force to be reckoned with, even in the new show’s less political format.
Now that we are well into the second week of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, let’s take a look at what the media had to say about the first week.
The truth is, it’s hard to draw any conclusions from the first week—let alone the first episode—of a late-night talk show. But it has already given us so many reasons to be excited!
And as Erik Adams wrote in his A.V. Club article, “like the 2016 U.S. presidential election, talking about The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is too much fun to abstain from.”
Before the hilarity ensues (trust me, it will), turn the speakers down a bit due to content! 😉
First, the late-night gang gets together to offer Stephen advice for getting comfortable with his new gig at The Late Show, as well as a few of the guys offering some additional “secondary” advice that is presented before him as well.
In this clip, Conan has some very unique advice for him, as he tries to set him up with an interest in acquiring plots of land and real estate in an up and coming area, other than Florida. Ha!
In a brilliant article from Vanity Fair magazine’s October issue entitled ‘Why Late-Night Television is Better than Ever’, we get to see what we sometimes secretly crave and want the most – late night talk show hosts genuinely having a great time around one another. Long gone are the days of the supposed ‘late-night wars’ (or at least we are led to believe the rivalries are non-existent thus far) and through many recent late-night-host transitions, we are seeing more of a comfortable camaraderie amongst the newest scene of night-time legends in the making.
Eagle-eyed Hubsters may have noticed a curious new black wristband on our fearless host on Friday’s broadcast. It may have also harkened memories of the Old Show, where the Wristrong bracelet was a wardrobe staple.
Here’s the backstory, provided by audience member and Black Lives Matter activist Patrick Waldo:
“What does anybody want? Not to be alone. I think a performer gets on stage and says the things that are in his mind in his own particular way, to make a connection with the audience so he doesn’t feel so alone. And hopefully the audience feels the same way.”
Gems like the above quote resulted from a wonderful, insightful interview on the program “Witness” with a then-Colbearded Stephen and Fr. Thomas Rosica of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation. The interview, which occurred in April of this year, offers a deeper understanding into how Stephen juggles his work as a satirist/comedian with his Catholic faith.
After the jump I highlight a few great quotes from the exchange. Enjoy the vid!