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Last night must've been tough for Jon Stewart, what with his old friend Stephen Colbert leaving him. Good thing he got to spend The Daily Show with another old friend, Chris Rock. Rock continues the trend of Stewart's former stand-up buddies making the best guests. Rock also does God's work of finally being the one to call out Stewart for his incessant placement in the ads for Book of Mormon. »
- Jesse David Fox
And now we ride the circus wheel With your dark brother wrapped in white Says it was good to be alive But now he rides a comet's flame And won't be coming back again The Earth looks better from a star That's right above from where you are He didn't mean to make you cry —Neutral Milk Hotel, "Holland, 1945" After The Colbert Report ended, after those joyously weird 30 minutes of television came to a close, I thought about what viewers expected and wanted from the show's finale. What was the fundamental question people needed answered? And the answer was immediately obvious: Who is Stephen Colbert, and who is "Stephen Colbert"? Colbert must have been aware of this, as he ended the show with a revealing 2010 outtake. Jon Stewart, having just finished The Daily Show, tosses to Colbert, who is talking through a tiny gorilla head. It's silly »
- Jesse David Fox
Chris Rock stopped by “The Daily Show” Thursday to promote his film “Top Five,” while also taking the opportunity to fire several shots right back at North Korea for hacking Sony Pictures and causing the canceled release of rival film “The Interview.”
“My movie is very Korean friendly,” Rock joked. “We almost don’t kill any Koreans.”
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“I can’t wait to see ‘The Interview,'” Rock added.
- Tony Maglio
After nine years on his own show, and even longer as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” Stephen Colbert finally bid farewell to his conservative pundit alter ego in the final episode of “The Colbert Report” Thursday night on Comedy Central.
It was a star-studded farewell for the long-time host when Colbert broke into a goodbye song. He was joined on-stage by many of his favorite past guests including Jon Stewart, »
- Jason Hughes
"If this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news," Stephen Colbert joked during the opening of his final episode. "This is also your last time tuning into The Colbert Report. Until 10 years from now when they reboot it with J.J. Abrams."
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After building a comedy powerhouse, Stephen Colbert hosted his final episode of his beloved satirical Comedy Central talk show Thursday, and it was just the right mix of humor and emotion. Here are some of the best moments from his historical series finale.
Colbert Explores His Impact on History
During Colbert's last installment of "The Word," he chronicled his impact on history and all that he's accomplished since the show began in 2005, including:
- Convincing the Sagniaw Spirit, a minor league hockey team in Michigan, to name their mascot Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle
- Starting the Colbert Super Pac
- Hosting »
Attorney John P. Schmitt called Dyson’s comments “mean-spirited” and “reckless” in a statement for TheWrap.
“Michael Eric Dyson, who has been a persistent critic of Mr. Cosby’s call for responsibility in the African-American community, has stated that Mr. Cosby’s request for neutrality is part of what he calls Mr. Cosby’s ‘rape [of the ] entire black community.’ Mr. Cosby understands that Mr. Dyson does not agree with Mr. »
- Jethro Nededog
If you call Jay Z a "former crack dealer" when you introduce a political story about him, there's a good chance you'll get the Jon Stewart treatment. On Wednesday's episode of The Daily Show, the host slammed Fox News' Sean Hannity over the way he teased a video segment about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Dec. 10 meeting with the hip-hop star, producer, founder of entertainment company Roc Nation and husband of Beyoncé. Jay Z has been pushing for criminal justice system reform amid recent controversial killings of unarmed black men by white police officers, including the death of Eric Garner in his native New York »
Earlier this year, Hln—known for years as CNN’s “crime time” sister station, decided it was time for a makeover.
The network announced in February its rebrand as the cable news station built on social media; one that will deliver the news based off what’s pulsing on social media. Hln has gradually tinkered with its lineup throughout the rest of 2014, with bigger changes on the horizon in early 2015 including new shows: “Keywords” hosted by former Olympian Summer Sanders and “Jack Vale: Offline” hosted by the YouTube star. »
- Jordan Chariton
Colbert made his debut as the bombastic conservative commentator on Oct. 17, 2005, after eight years as a correspondent and writer on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Comedy Central will fill his slot with “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” beginning Jan. 19.
“The Colbert Report” has grabbed an Emmy nom for best variety series every year since its debut. Colbert and Co. took home the trophy in 2013 and again this year, ending “The Daily Show’s” 10-year winning streak. Colbert is widely admired by other comedians for keeping the parody of cable news talk shows from growing stale even after nine years.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
When Jennifer 8 Lee was prepping for her 2008 interview on The Colbert Report, she didn't know what to expect. A friend who wrote for The Daily Show gave the author some good advice: Don't try to out-funny Stephen Colbert; "just be calm and roll with the weirdness." Over the past nine years, Colbert—in character as a fact-free conservative pundit—has commanded a powerful perch at his round interview table, keeping guests off kilter four nights a week. In especially brilliant moments, he has asked tougher questions than real journalists. After all, Colbert's the guy who asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr. »
- Dory Devlin
When Anna Kendrick appeared on The Daily Show on Wednesday, she and Jon Stewart talked about everything from Into the Woods to Chris Pine to singing TLC songs into the mirror. The actress brought her signature sense of humor to the table, dropping hilarious one-liners about what it's like to wear a corset and why her vocal warmups are sort of embarrassing. Watch the charming interview above, then listen to Anna Kendrick sing "On the Steps of the Palace" from Into the Woods. »
In EW's Forecast issue, we profile Nightly Show host Larry Wilmore, who's helming Comedy Central's newest late-night series. The show premieres after The Daily Show on January 19—which happens to be Martin Luther King Day. (Wilmore told EW that he already has his first joke: "Yeah, I gotta work. I know!") It's Jon Stewart, though, who actually came up with the concept for the show, with Wilmore in mind to host. "He pitched the idea of a show that would give a platform to underrepresented points of view and underrepresented voices, whether that's African-Americans, women, first-generation Americans, any group that's underrepresented, »
- Melissa Maerz
The Colbert Report airs its final episode Thursday, which sadly means no more wagging fingers, befuddled politicians or homages to Papa Bear (aka Bill O'Reilly). Host Stephen Colbert is heading to CBS to take over at the Late Show desk, but before he does, bid farewell to his Comedy Central series by watching 10 of its all-time best clips. See more 'The Daily Show's' Other Hollywood Graduates Colbert coins the term "truthiness" (2005) Perhaps his most notable contribution to the lexicon is "truthiness," which he introduced in this edition of The Word. "They're all fact, no heart,"
- Ryan Gajewski
Jay Z is a former crack dealer, but he is also a lot of other things: a successful businessman, a devoted partner, a skilled Dungeons and Dragons champion who plays as Jamven Wyvernjack, the half-orc druid. So when Sean Hannity repeatedly emphasized Jay's criminal past as a way of scoring points off Andrew Cuomo, The Daily Show took the opportunity to indulge in some good old-fashion Fox-bashing. Well, Jessica Williams did — as an old white man, Jon Stewart mostly tried to see which rap slang he could get away with (the answer is none of it). »
- Nate Jones
To open his penultimate “Colbert Report,” the conservative character simply announced: “This is my last show that isn’t my last show.”
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And to get rid of all of the crap one compiles over the course of nine years in the same studio, Colbert did the most American thing he could think of: He held a yard sale.
The actual Canadian sold all of his artifacts and props for a »
- Tony Maglio
Paul McCartney visited The Daily Show on Tuesday to promote "Hope for the Future," his original song written for video game Destiny. But instead of discussing the track in detail, he and host Jon Stewart mostly goof around about random topics – including McCartney's subpar gaming skills and Stewart's son's preference for Ellen over The Daily Show.
In the above clip, the former Beatle strides onstage to a "thunderous" audience ovation, leading Stewart to make a self-deprecating jab. "I’ve had a lot of jobs where I showed up, no applause, »
Once The Colbert Report goes off the air and host Stephen Colbert moves on from Comedy Central to replace David Letterman on The Late Show, Jon Stewart's The Daily Show will get a new late-night companion: Larry Wilmore's The Nightly Show, which released its first teaser Tuesday. Created by Stewart, The Nightly Show will focus on people and topics less represented in the media. “It’s a show about underdogs," Wilmore told the New York Times in November, "and that happens in a lot of different forms, whether it’s race, gender, or whatever.”" Wilmore currently holds the »
- Ariana Bacle
A blurb released Tuesday by the cabler shows Wilmore pitching the nightly companion to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as adding diversity and extra “nightly-ness” to latenight. “Nightly Show” is set to bow on Jan. 19.
The Nightly Show
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- Variety Staff
The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams gave Wired a humorous sit-down, where she dishes on what’s grinding her gears these days.The magazine with her interview hits newsstands nationwide on December 23rd.Jessica Williams, the Daily Show correspondent and self-confessed media junkie, appears on the cover of the January Wired. In the issue, which looks at the future of media, Williams lays out her own plan for total media domination:“There’s something missing in all this new media craziness,” she writes, “and that is something that uses celebrity news as a way to get into a really serious analysis of our culture.” Williams continues: […] »
- April Neale
Aired December 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
Not every episode of SNL is going to make an impression on the viewer of the culture. It’s in these so-so episodes that we really find what interests the cast and the writers, because they are at the talents’ base level of ability. “Martin Freeman/Charli Xcx” has the cast engaging in almost entirely original sketches that have much of the cast riffing off central concept of the sketches, with middling results. At least this episode has the welcome treat of…
The Host: This is Martin Freeman’s first time hosting the show, but you wouldn’t know it after watching the episode. Freeman is the ultimate straight man of a generation, and fully immerses himself into the worlds of his characters. Throughout the episode, Freeman »
- Jj Perkins
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