Jul 11

The 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Award Nominations, 2014

Emmy Awards nominations 2013 Congratulations to the staff of The Colbert Report who have received six Primetime Emmy nominations, and to the staff of The Daily Show who have also received six nominations.

Outstanding Variety Series

The Colbert Report • Comedy Central • Hello Doggie, Inc. with Busboy Productions and Spartina Productions

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart • Comedy Central • Central Productions, LLC

Jimmy Kimmel Live • ABC • ABC Studios in association with Jackhole Industries

Real Time With Bill Maher • HBO • HBO Entertainment in association with Bill Maher Productions and Brad Grey Television

Saturday Night Live • NBC • SNL Studios in association with Universal Television and Broadway Video

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon • NBC • Universal Television and Broadway Video

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Jun 07

Bassem Youssef Ends His Program, Citing Safety Concerns

Bassem Youssef, a devotee of Jon Stewart’s who satirized the extreme turmoil of Egyptian politics, has bowed out of his program, Al Bernameg, reinforcing the perception that the country is still far away from anything close to resembling a healthy political discourse. This news also comes on the heels of the newly elected military-general-turned-President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi officially taking the reigns as ruler of Egypt.

Bassem Youssef and Staff of Al Bernameg

[Youssef] declined to specify who had brought pressure on the program, but his decision follows the election of field marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi as president, replacing the president he had ousted, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi.

The third season of Al Bernameg (The Program) had been scheduled to return last Friday following a mandatory hiatus during presidential elections to prevent influencing the vote, Time reports.

`The present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program,” he said Monday. “I’m tired of struggling and worrying about my safety and that of my family.”

In announcing his decision, Youssef denied that was buckling to pressure, saying, “Stopping the program sends a much stronger message than if it continued.”

Full Article: USA Today.

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May 31

In The Press: Memorial Day Leftovers Edition [UPDATE]

Stephen Colbert newsWhen news stories fall through the cracks, we here at Colbert News Hub catch them for a post we call, In The Press.

Happy un-official start to the Summer! (for those of you living here in the U.S.) If you still have leftovers from your Memorial Day picnics, well so do we.

In this edition we go over the big stories that were breaking just before Stephen was announced as the new host of Late Show. There was a nice interview with Stephen’s wife, Evie and yet more stuff about late night TV.

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Apr 29

‘The Daily Show’ Names Michael Che as its Newest Correspondent

Michael Che joins The Daily Show

“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” has tapped comedian and writer Michael Che to become its newest correspondent, joining the roster of “The Best F*&#ing News Team Ever!” from the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning show in June.

Currently a writer on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Michael Che (@CheThinks) has enjoyed a meteoric rise as a stand-up comedian. In 2013, Che was named by Rolling Stone as one of “The 50 Funniest People” and as one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch.” The year prior, he was crowned the winner of New York’s Funniest Stand-Up competition at the New York Comedy Festival. The New York Times describes him as possessing “a reflective, laid-back stage presence with jokes that draw as much from his city upbringing…as from blunt, insightful points that bring the abstract into focus.”

Source: Comedy Central Press.

Apr 25

Stephen Colbert Stops by ‘The Daily Show’ to Say Goodbye

Last night, Stephen Colbert dropped by ‘The Daily Show’ to tell Jon Stewart that he would be ending ‘The Colbert Report’ because “it’s become clear to me that I’ve won television”. Stephen Colbert (the character) also shared his thoughts on David Letterman’s replacement, observing that he is just “some fat guy”, before noting that he was not given a personal send off when he left ‘The Daily Show’ in 2005, like the sentimental one that was given to John Oliver in December. Naturally, Stephen present his own personal highlight reel.