Come and celebrate the Late Show’s nominations for Outstanding Variety Series, Writing and Directing on Monday, September 17, 2018 in our LIVE CNH chat room! We’ll be getting settled in around 6:00PM (ET) but feel free to stop by whenever you like! The show starts at 8:00 PM (ET) on NBC. Drop in during the ceremony to discuss LSSC and all of your other favourite nominees!
TimesTalks, The New York Times live conversation and performance series, is proud to host a conversation between Emmy and Peabody award-winning comedian, writer, producer and television host Stephen Colbert and The New York Times culture reporter Sopan Deb on August 13.
The duo will discuss Colbert’s “The Late Show,” which has earned Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series. The two will engage in spirited conversation about Colbert’s impact on culture over the last decade as a result of his comedic talents, acerbic wit and political parodies.
This TimesTalks event will take place on Monday, 13 August, 2018 at TheTimesCenter and will be live streamed on TimesTalks, the TimesTalks YouTube channel, and Facebook starting at 7:30PM EST.
Stephen headlined the event and served as emcee while familiar stars such Ana Gasteyer and Heather Headley, as well as many other famous actors, participated in a performance for a crowd of about 2,600. The variety show included many rousing renditions of musical theater hits such as “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton.
Colbert opened the evening with a series of jokes both praising NU President Morton Schapiro and lampooning Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. “Is Rahm Emanuel here tonight? He’s not? Good, because Morty has a better chance at re-election. Don’t tell Rahm.”
The show also included a pre-recorded skit with Stephen and fellow alum and late night host Seth Meyers. In the skit, they eat sub sandwiches and proceed to unintelligibly sing the NU fight song.
Stephen Colbert was a guest on ‘The Howard Stern Show‘ on Tuesday, 27 February, 2018, where he spoke about hosting the No. 1 rated late night talk show, the turning point for ‘Late Show’ on election night, live shows and hiring a show runner, his favourite guests, how he unwinds after a show, and that Sean Spicer Emmy cameo.
Our favorite, fearless (and patterned vest-wearing) astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently featured a pre-taped interview with Stephen on an episode of “Startalk.” Panelists Adam Conover (“Adam Ruins Everything”) and friend of the blog and scholar Sophia McClennen also joined the discussion to expound upon the interview’s excerpts.
Much of the interview involved Dr. Tyson and Colbert reminiscing about the early days of the “Report,” and the heavy influence of scientists and science-related topics on the old show. Dr. Tyson, having appeared numerous times on the “Report,” marveled at how “scientists [had] a voice in an outlet that wasn’t previously accessible to them.” Neil and Stephen playfully bantered while recounting how much fun it was to argue with Stephen’s willfully ignorant character.
Stephen fondly recalled how his Dad, who was an immunologist and researcher, impacted his worldview, particularly in the area of science. Stephen wisely stated “you can’t feel science at people, but science can make you feel.”
Sophia McClennen commented on the importance of Stephen’s work in defining the meaning of “truthiness,” and how sadly, misinformation has only grown in this age of saturated information. She described the current sociopolitical climate as one of three groups, “the misinformed versus the uninformed versus the informed.” The misinformed class, she argued, are commanding a great deal of the influence in our present time. The panel agreed that in this Age of Misinformation, esteem of science is ever more necessary. However, in his pretaped interview, Stephen acknowledged the limits of the informed, adding, “knowledge is power, and if they [the misinformed] refuse to know, they lose power.”
In a surprise bonus, old friend of the show and “Colbert Report” chaplain Fr. James Martin appeared to discuss the role of science and the Church. Fr. Martin conceded the Church’s historical shortcomings in embracing scientific discovery, but affirmed that science and reason have a firm place in an organization such at the Catholic Church.
Overall, the episode was a family reunion of sorts of old “Report” favorite guests, and a love letter to Colbert’s dedication to science topics both on the “Report” and beyond.
We all got a little excited when The Weather Channel first announced they would be naming one of the upcoming 2017-2018 winter storms after Stephen. After all, it’s been a while since he was properly named after anything, so it would have been a step (or snow print) in the right direction. But sadly, we have learned that it’s not to be:
The Weather Channel released its annual winter storm names for the 2017 to 2018 season this past Thursday, but Stephen Colbert didn’t make the list.
You might recall that Colbert had a little fun last year at The Weather Channel’s expense when it came to its process of naming winter storms. “The Weather Channel has no authority to name anything,” he quipped. “They are not part of the government. In fact, I have as much authority to name things as they do.”
But as you can see in the screenshot of the names released this week, the 2017 to 2018 season’s third storm is named “Chloe,” not “Colbert.”
“Severe weather events year round present a considerable risk to life and property,” a Weather Channel spokesperson told us. “We want to ensure that the focus stays on important information everyone in the path of each storm needs so they can take adequate precautions ahead of storms’ impact.”
The most jaw-dropping moment of this years Primetime Emmy Award’s, was of course when Trump’s former Spokes-piñata Sean Spicer took to the Emmy stage during Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue, to give his own less-than-truthful account of this year’s Emmy Award’s audience size:
Mr. Spicer made his Emmys appearance at the end of Mr. Colbert’s opening monologue, which included a long riff about Mr. Trump’s uneasy relationship with the entertainment industry and his apparent frustration that his NBC reality series “The Apprentice” never won an Emmy Award.
Mr. Colbert, a frequent critic of both Mr. Trump and Mr. Spicer, went on to say that the president was primarily concerned with TV ratings, but that there was no way to know how large his audience was.
Mr. Colbert asked, “Sean, do you know?”
At that point, Mr. Spicer shot out of the wings — pushing a podium similar to the one immortalized by Melissa McCarthy in her impersonation of him on “Saturday Night Live.”
He recited his briefing room statement, nearly word for word. “This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period — both in person and around the world,” he declared with a semi-straight face.
Laughter and applause could be heard throughout the Microsoft Theater, and celebrities in the audience were seen on the telecast, reacting with their mouths agape.
Interestingly, Stephen Colbert’s executive producer Chris Licht, who happened to have a connection to Spicer from his years as producer at CBS This Morning, was able to arrange Spicer’s cameo. It turned out to be a brilliant and memorable moment for the Emmy’s broadcast.
Stephen made his first appearance on CBS’ daytime chat show “The Talk” on Friday, September 15, 2017, promoting his upcoming turn as host of the Emmys. He does his best to talk up what he thinks might grab the most amount of eyeballs, that being his ever-so-brief moment of nudity on the broadcast.