Better Know a Guest: March 31 – April 3, 2014

The Colbert Report Guest Line Up Welcome to Better Know a Guest, your weekly guide to the wonderful and diverse array of personalities appearing on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Daily Show’ each week.


Hey there Hubsters! Another week, another series of shows from our favorite fake newsmen! Is there anything you guys hope Jon and Stephen discuss on the shows this week? As usual, let us know about issues of import and what guests you’d most like to see in the comments below!

Stephen’s guests this week are a co-founder of Twitter, an author, a newsman, and an actor.
Jon’s guests this week are two actors, an author, and a legendary soccer/football player.

Monday, March 31 (2014)
Biz Stone (Author: “Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind”)

Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and a co-founder of the social media giant Twitter. His book Things a Little Bird Told Me discusses the power of creativity, and shares moments of creativity from his own life during his careers at Google and Twitter. He also talks about failure, ambition, and corporate culture and the ways in which they influence creativity. The book has received good reviews, with famed director Ron Howard praised it as “a peek into a unique mind that, I’m happy to add, entertains us as well.” Stephen Colbert adds, “If you’re not inspired and informed by this book, then you haven’t read it.”

Born: 10 March 1974
Education: Wellesley High School
Books: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content | Who Let the Blogs Out?
Awards: Nerd of the Year, GQ Magazine | Most Influential People in the World, TIME | Entrepreneur of the Decade, Inc. Magazine | Top Ten Most Influential People of the Information Age, Vanity Fair | Innovation Award, International Center for Journalists | Fellow, Oxford University

Previous ‘Colbert Report’ Appearance(s): Interview – 2 April 2009 | Stephen Wins Twitter

Follow: @Biz | Jelly


Tuesday, April 1 (2014)
John Malkovich (Actor: “Cesar Chavez”)

John Malkovich is an American actor, producer, director, and fashion designer. His latest film, Cesar Chavez is directed by Diego Luna and recounts the story of American labor lead Cesar Chavez who founded United Farm Workers (UFW). It stars Michael Pena as Chavez, America Ferrera as his wife Helen Chavez, Rosario Dawson as UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta, and John Malkovich as one of the many industrial company owners that bitterly opposed the efforts of the UFW. The film depicts several non-violent campaigns, including the Delano grape strike, the Salad Bowl strike, and the Modesto march. The filmmakers focused on historical accuracy, and many of the actors learned to speak in a Chicano dialect which was typical of the 60s and 70s. The film has not fared well with reviewers, with Variety observing that the film “feels more polite than political, counting on the worthiness of the subject and the participation of a well-meaning ensemble”, with Godfrey Cheshire furthering that “it’s reverential rather than revealing, predictably admiring where it needs to be nuanced and challenging”.

Born: 9 December 1953 (Christopher, Illinois, United States)
Education: Benton Consolidated High School | Illinois State University
Filmography: Places in the Heart | The Killing Fields | Death of a Salesman | The Glass Menagerie | Empire of the Sun | Dangerous Liasons | Queens Logic | In the Line of Fire | Heart of Darkness | Being John Malkovich | The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy | Burn After Reading | Secretariat | RED | RED 2
Awards: National Board of Review Award | Primetime Emmy Award | American Comedy Award


Wednesday, April 2 (2014)
Dan Harris (Author: “10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story”)

Dan Harris is an American news correspondent and co-anchor of ‘Nightline’ and the weekend editions of ‘Good Morning America’ for ABC News. His book 10% Happier recounts his exploration of the world of self-help and his desire to be a happier person. This journey started with a panic attack on ‘Good Morning America’ that was broadcast to millions of viewers and which convinced him to make changes to his life. He soon realized that his problems stemmed from his insatiable drive, which had helped him rise through the ranks in the competitive world of new casting but also contributed to his panic attacks. Harris decided to pursue meditation, and his book discusses the wide array of people who now turn to the practice to remain calm, stay focused, and be happy.

Born: 26 July 1971 (Maine, United States)
Education: Colby College
Awards: Emmy Award | Edward R. Murrow Award | Honorary Doctorate, Colby College | Honorary Doctorate, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Follow: @DanBHarris


Thursday, April 3 (2014)
Mark Mazzetti (Author: “The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth”)

Mark Mazzetti is an American journalist for the New York Times. His book The Way of the Knife focuses on the United States’ use of the Central Intelligence Agency as a tool of war. Many politicians believe this new way of war is praised as an alternative to the traditional ways of waging war, but Mazzetti follows a cast of characters working on the ground to show that this “lower cost” form creates its own enemies, breeds resentment among allies, and brought forth a series of new weapons that cannot be governed by traditional laws. Way of the Knife also tells the story of a rivalry between the CIA and US military, and the struggle at times to out-perform each other and work in perfect coordination at others.

Born: 13 May 1974 (Washington, D.C., United States)
Education: Regis High School | Duke University | Oxford University
Awards: Pulitzer Prize | Livingston Award | Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense

Follow: @MarkMazzettiNYT


And now, let’s check in with our good friend Jon Stewart over at ‘The Daily Show’!

Monday, March 31 (2014)
Peter Dinklage (Actor: “Game of Thrones”)

Peter Dinklage is an American actor who stars Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones. The popular show is based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire epic fantasy series, and is created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The series takes place in the fictional lands of Westeros and Essos and revolves around several plot lines that are presented from the perspective of a variety of characters. The series has garnered critical acclaim has a large international fan base. The series deals with topics such as social hierarchy, religion, corruption, civil war, and loyalty. Dinklage has been praised for his performance as Tyrion Lannister with Rolling Stone stating that he “owns the sword and sex”, and iO9 highlights his “amazing and subtle performances” which so very often steal the show.

Born: 11 June 1969 (Morristown, New Jersey, Unite States)
Education: Delbarton School | Bennington College
Filmography: Elf | The Station Agent | Death at a Funeral | The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian | Ice Age: Continental Drift | X-Men: Days of Future Past
Television: Seinfeld | Entourage | Threshold | Nip/Tuck | 30 Rock
Awards: Emmy Award | Golden Globe Award | Satellite Award | Ourense Independen Film Festival Award

Previous ‘Daily Show’ Appearance(s): Interview – 12 November 2003 | 26 March 2013


Tuesday, April 1 (2014)
Michael Lewis (Author: “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt”)

Michael Lewis is an American non-fiction author and financial journalist. His book Flash Boys recounts the story of a small group from Wall Street and their realization that the stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders. To reform the system, they come together to form a system where high-frequency trading has no advantage. The men walk away from million-dollar salaries to investigate banks and uncover other ways that Wall Street generates profits. The book is about finding institutionalized injustice and devising a way to fix it.

Born: 15 October 1960 (New Orleans, Louisiana, United States)
Education: Isidore Newman School | Princeton University | London School of Economics
Books: Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World | The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Macine | Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood | Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity | The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics | The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game | Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life | Moneyball: The Art of Winning and Unfair Game | Next: The Future Just Happened | The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story | Trail Fever | The Money Culture | Pacific Rift | Liar’s Poker

Previous ‘Daily Show’ Appearance(s): Interview – 4 June 2009 | 16 March 2010 | 5 October 2011


Wednesday, April 2 (2014)
Samuel L. Jackson (Actor: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)

Samuel L. Jackson is an American film and television actor and producer. He stars as Nick Fury in the upcoming Captain Americasequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the film, Captain America, the superhero identity of Steve Rogers, (Chris Evans) continues to work for SHIELD alongside Nick Fury and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). They must combat the HYDRA organization and a new enemy – the super-human assassin known as the Winter Soldier. The film is a continuation of Marvel Studio’s Avengers movie, and has Fury, Romanoff, and Rogers operating with espionage organizations in Washington, D.C. Despite receiving positive reviews, the films directors brothers Anthony and Joe Russo has been called ‘hardly exemplary’ by The Sydney Morning Herald, which sees impressive early fight choreography wasted on poorly composed action sequences, with no thrill to the unfolding despite capable digital imagery.

Born: 21 December 1948 (Washington, D.C., United States)
Education: Riverside High School | Morehouse College
Filmography: Goodfellas | Jurassic Park | Pulp Fiction | Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace | Deep Blue Sea | Rules of Engagement | Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones | Basic | S.W.A.T. | Kill Bill Volume 2 | The Incredibles | Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith | Snakes on a Plane | Iron Man | Inglorious Basterds | Iron Man 2 | Thor | Captian American: The First Avenger | The Avengers | Django Unchained
Awards: BAFTA Award | Black Reel Awards | Independent Spirit Awards | MTV Movie Awards | NAACP Image Awards | Satellite Award

Follow: Website | @SamuelLJackson


Thursday, April 3 (2014)
Pelé (Author: “Why Soccer Matters”)

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele, is a former athlete and Brazilian soccer/football legend. His memoir Why Soccer Matters focuses on his time spent as an athlete, and how he feels the sport connects players around the world and has contributed to community life in many countries. Pele discusses his goals for the future of the sport and how it can change the world.

Born: 21 October 1940 (Tres Coracoes, Brazil)
Teams: Bauru | Santos | New York Cosmos | Brazil National Team
Positions: Forward | Attacking Midfielder
Awards: Roca Cup | FIFA World Cup | Copa America | Cruz Cup | Bernardo O’Higgins Cup | Atlantic Cup | Oswaldo Cruz Cup | Copa Libertadores | Supercopa de Campeones Intercontinentales | Intercontinental Cup | Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A | Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo | Campeonato Paulista | North American Soccer League, Soccer Bowl | North American Soccer League | Most Career Goals: 1283 goals in 1363 games | BBC Sports Personality of the Year, 1970, 2005 | Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire | 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century, TIME | FIFA Player of the Century | Laureus World Sports Awards | Legion d’Honneur of France

Follow: Website | @Pele


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