May 19

Stephen Colbert Delivers the 2015 Wake Forest University Commencement Address

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Stephen Colbert, addressing the graduating class of Wake Forest University on this beautiful spring day, delighted the crowd with zingers about rival universities Duke and UNC, Wake Forest’s own curious campus traditions, and a few topical jokes for good measure.

In the core message of his speech, interestingly, he likened his own personal transition to The Late Show to the transition to careers the graduates are undertaking. It was a surprising and touching approach:

Stephen Colbert Tells Wake Forest Graduates: “It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Person We’ve Become

“I just spent many years learning how to do one thing really well. I got so comfortable with that place, that role, those responsibilities that it came to define how I saw myself. But now that part of my life is over. It’s time to say goodbye to the person we’ve become, we’ve worked so hard to perfect, and to make some crucial decisions in becoming who we’re going to be. For me, I’ll have to figure out how to do an hour-long show every night. You at some point will have to sleep. I’m told the Adderall wears off eventually. Good luck.”

Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.

[Post updated with complete speech]

May 08

Stephen Colbert Funds $800K in Grants for South Carolina Teachers

Comedian Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he would fund every existing grant request South Carolina public school teachers have made on the education crowdfunding website DonorsChoose.org.

Colbert made the announcement on a live video feed Thursday at a surprise event at Alexander Elementary School in Greenville.

Colbert partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund nearly 1,000 projects for more than 800 teachers at over 375 schools, totaling $800,000.

[…] “Using the proceeds of the sale of my old set on ‘The Colbert Report’ which we auctioned off, and with the generous matching funds from The Morgridge Family Foundation and ScanSource, DonorsChoose is going to flash-fund all 1,000 projects in South Carolina,” Colbert said in the video that was aired at the Alexander Elementary School in Greenville. “Enjoy your learning, South Carolina.”

Full Article: Greenville Online

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May 07

A Look Back: “The Tumbleweeds”

Colbert News Hub A Look Back Welcome to “A Look Back,” where we review and celebrate the many splendid works of Stephen T. Colbert over the years.


The Second City has released a great video from 1992 featuring “The Trifecta” (Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Paul Dinello) showing off their famous tumbling skills in a sketch called “The Tumbleweeds.”

Of course, this piece was resurrected (and according to Stephen, promptly retired) on Amy’s July 2006 appearance on The Colbert Report.

Get ready for some serious spandex, and an impressive display of strength and flexibility from both Stephen and Paul. Also loved the piling of all the chairs on Amy. What a silly, wonderful, hilarious team they make. Enjoy the video!

May 07

Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart on ‘Inside Comedy’

Season four of David Steinberg’s comedy interview series “Inside Comedy” premiered last night on Showtime with guests Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart.

Stephen Colbert’s interview was taped way back in October 2014 on the set of ‘The Colbert Report’, where addresses his transition from ‘The Colbert Report’ to David Letterman’s chair later this year, while Jon Stewart’s interview was taped back in January 2015 before he had announced his departure from ‘The Daily Show’.

May 06

Richard Gere in Conversation with Stephen Colbert at the Montclair Film Festival

Stephen Colbert event photos Official event photos from “In Conversation with Richard Gere Moderated by Stephen Colbert,” during the 2015 Montclair Film Festival at the Wellmont Theatre, New Jersey, on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015.

For a recap of the event, head to The Hollywood Reporter, Wall Street Journal and the Montclair Film Festival blog.
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