Stephen Colbert

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Trump Rings Up Late Show

Colbert takes first call on 'Trump Phone'

(Newser) - Donald Trump was granted a rare honor by Stephen Colbert on Tuesday's Late Show when the GOP presidential hopeful was welcomed as a surprise phone-in guest and spared from making an actual appearance on the CBS program, the AP reports. Colbert took the call on an orange, coiffed "... More »

Colbert Is Turning Off Conservative Viewers

And that's bad for his ratings and CBS

(Newser) - Ten weeks after his debut as host of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert is falling behind in the late night race, Mediaite reports. And the answer why seems obvious: "Old Comedy Central habits die hard." Colbert is alienating conservative viewers with jokes at the expense of such targets... More »

Post-Super Bowl Slot Goes to Colbert in Historic Move

First time the coveted TV slot has gone to a late-night show

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert has landed the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot on CBS this winter. The network said Wednesday that a special edition of Colbert's Late Show will air directly after the Feb. 7 game, the first time that distinction has gone to a late-night show. Late local news will... More »

Colbert Offers Best Answer to the Baby Hitler Question

It's all about raising him with love ... and then stabbing him if he's still an awful teen

(Newser) - Would you be able to kill a baby Hitler, if given the chance? It's a question that spread like wildfire after the New York Times asked it in a reader poll late last month. But, as the Daily Beast notes, the Times got the idea from Stephen Colbert. In... More »

Colbert Plays 'Trump or Colbert' With Trump

Trump dodges 'big fat meatball' on 'Late Show'

(Newser) - "Finally, a place on TV to hear about Donald Trump," Stephen Colbert quipped before Trump joined him on the Late Show last night. "I want to thank you not only for being here but for running for president," Colbert told him. "I'm not going... More »

Joe Biden Talks About Son's Death on Late Show

'My son was better than me. He was better than me in every way'

(Newser) - In an emotional interview on The Late Show, Joe Biden described himself as overwhelmed at times by his son's death and unconvinced he could commit fully to being president. Asked about his 2016 decision by Stephen Colbert, Biden said he'd be lying if he said he knew he... More »

Elon Musk: We Need to Nuke Mars

It would actually make it more habitable, he tells Stephen Colbert

(Newser) - Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, hopes to send people to Mars someday, but first he thinks we earthlings should nuke it. That's not as bizarre as it sounds, he told Stephen Colbert last night, reports Fortune . The idea is to make the "fixer-upper" planet more... More »

Colbert: He's Not Letterman, but He Doesn't Need to Be

Critics give new 'Late Show' host a thumbs-up for energetic start

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert's long-awaited takeover of The Late Show took place last night , and the critics are weighing in. The overall consensus: He may not be David Letterman's clone, but that's probably not what we want anyway. The consensus is Colbert looks to be a solid addition to... More »

Colbert Targets Trump on Late Show Debut

He gives Bush some Trumpier campaign lines

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert is back on TV and he has a lot of Trumpiness to catch up with. He made his debut as Late Show host last night and made it clear that he would keep up the political coverage even though he's no longer in character as "narcissistic... More »

Finale Shows Stewart Was More Than an Entertainer

His show had purpose that set it apart: Neil Genzlinger

(Newser) - Jon Stewart is just the latest funny man to bid farewell to a show this year. Finales featuring David Letterman and Stephen Colbert "each had an unexpected flourish that was much talked about afterward," writes Neil Genzlinger at the New York Times . "Stewart's final night seemed... More »

Colbert to Scalia: You Already Had Your Head in a Sack

Oh, and please stop by my show!

(Newser) - Justice Antonin Scalia fiercely dissented in yesterday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage —so fiercely that he inspired a Scalia burn-generator , and vowed he would hide his "head in a bag." Responded Stephen Colbert, "I could’ve sworn he was already hiding his head in... More »

Colbert Helps Fund Every SC Teacher Request

He teams up to grant 1K wishes on crowdfunding site for about $800K

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert describes himself as a product of South Carolina public schools, and today he showed his gratitude: He announced funding for every single request from his home state's teachers on the crowdfunding site DonorsChoose . That's good for nearly 1,000 requests from more than 800 teachers, for... More »

Letterman: No One Consulted Me About Replacement

But he thinks Stephen Colbert is a good choice

(Newser) - In an extensive new interview about his impending sign-off from late-night TV, David Letterman reveals to the New York Times that he had no say in choosing his replacement. "Not my show," he explains. "When we sign off, we’re out of business with CBS. I always... More »

Why Colbert May Have Chosen That Final Song

The reason is heartbreaking

(Newser) - After Stephen Colbert was bid a fond farewell by dozens of celebrities last night, the outro music that ran over the closing credits for his final show was not the music the Colbert Report typically used. Instead, it was Neutral Milk Hotel's "Holland, 1945", Slate reports, and it... More »

Stephen Colbert Gets Massive Send-Off

Santa Claus, not Death, takes him away

(Newser) - Think of any celebrity and there's a pretty good chance they dropped in on Stephen Colbert's send-off from The Colbert Report last night. The dozens of guests included Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Daniels, Katie Couric, Michael Stipe, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Big Bird, and even Mike Huckabee, reports Mediaite... More »

Will Stephen Colbert Kill Character Colbert?

Last guest is 'Grimmy' the Grim Reaper

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert signs off from Comedy Central next week, and the guest list is raising some eyebrows because of the one who appears last: It will be Grimmy, as in the Grim Reaper, who is described affectionately as Colbert's "colleague and lifelong friend," reports USA Today . So... More »

Obama Takes Colbert's Chair

Hosts Colbert Report segment before interview

(Newser) - Stephen Colbert's guest last night came for more than just an interview—he decided to take over the host chair, CNN reports. President Obama performed "The Word," a segment during which Colbert typically comments on an issue while jokes appear on the side of the screen. "... More »

Best Moments From the Emmys

Big kiss for Louis-Dreyfus, big win for 'Colborg Report'

(Newser) - People are talking about the Emmy Awards on a Tuesday morning instead of a Monday because "this year we're doing the Emmys on a Monday night in August—which, if I understand television, means the Emmys are about to get canceled," quipped host Seth Meyers. Some of... More »

Breaking Bad, Modern Family Grab Top Emmys

They win best drama, best comedy series

(Newser) - Seth Meyers opened tonight's Emmy Awards with quite a few jokes about the fact that the ceremony was held on a Monday night rather than a Sunday night before opening things up to the first presenter: none other than Amy Poehler, who handed out the night's first award,... More »

Colbert Punks Palin, Buys

He scoops up URL similar to one for her online channel

(Newser) - For those who don't want to pay $9.95 per month for Sarah Palin's new online TV channel , Stephen Colbert proposed an alternative on last night's Colbert Report : his $9.94 "Angry Echo Chamber," undercutting the "24/7 Palintainment" package by a penny. He was... More »

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