The Colbert Report (2005– )

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Satirical newscaster Stephen Colbert provides humorous commentary on the big issues going on in the United States and the rest of the world, with his larger-than-life ego and overly-patriotic spirit along with him every step of the way.

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An, offshoot of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report (the Ts in Colbert and in Report are silent) is a parody of shows like "The O'Reilly Factor." Colbert begins the show with teasers about the show's content and then the credits go by, with a giant eagle and the stars and stripes featured predominantly. Colbert will pepper commentaries with phrases like, "Look, I don't have time to read books," or, "President Bush isn't a head thinker, he's a gut thinker." Aspects of talking head programs are exaggerated and Colbert presents a host overwhelmed by his own importance. Guests do not walk on-stage but are seated at a small table to the side. Colbert runs over to them, encouraging the audience to applaud and high five him as he passes. He is then likely to begin an interview by asking a guest something like, "Explain evolution in 20 seconds," or "Isn't everyone who disagrees with the president guilty of treason?" Colbert is also very clear about our number one threat, "Bears." His distrust ... Written by John Vogel {jlvogel@comcast.net}

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Toward the end of the final episode, Stephen Colbert sang the song "We'll Meet Again" with a large number of his show's previous guests. The song, which was first made famous during World War Two by Vera Lynn, memorably also played over the final scene of Stanley Kubrick's 1964 Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Colbert guests who appeared on the show's set for the sing-along included: Jon Stewart, Randy Newman (on the piano), Willie Nelson, Bryan Cranston, Doris Kearns Goodwin, genetic scientist Francis Collins, Tom Brokaw, Mandy Patinkin, Lil Buck, Yo Yo Ma, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Waterston, Jeff Daniels, Cyndi Lauper, Big Bird, Trevor Potter (Colbert's lawyer), Keith Olbermann, Andrew Sullivan, David Hallberg (a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre), Katie Couric (who danced a bit with Hallberg), Ken Burns, Ric Ocasek, Gloria Steinem, Charlie Rose, UN Ambassador Samantha Power, Michael Stipe, James Franco, Cookie Monster, Toby Keith, Dan Kamen (inventor of the Segway), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, General Raymond T. Odierno, Barry Manilow, David Gregory, Jeff Tweedy, Christiane Amanpour, Patrick Stewart, Andy Cohen, Stone Phillips, Peter Frampton, Arianna Huffington, Alan Alda, Senator Cory Booker, George Lucas, Alexi Lalas, Jon Batiste, Henry Kissinger, Elijah Wood, Mike Huckabee, Bob Costas, Tim Meadows, Jake Tapper, Lesley Stahl, Terry Gross, journalists Emily Bazelon, David Leonhardt and Matt Taibbi, former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Thomas Friedman, New Yorker editor David Remnick, economist Paul Krugman, Jim Hoskinson (the show's director), Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia), economist Grover Norquist, syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, Mark Cuban, and others. Included in video segments were: Colbert Show staffers, two members of the dissident punk band Pussy Riot, Vince Gilligan (creator of the TV show Breaking Bad), U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, President Bill Clinton, an astronaut on the International Space Station, J. J. Abrams, and Smaug the Dragon. See more »

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Stephen Colbert: [discussing terrorists escaping prison through large tunnels] Projects this size cannot merely be accomplished by mere humans. It seems that our enemies are in league... with the mole men. Now what gets me here is that the mole men are supposed to be peaceful creatures! Superman defended them against an angry mob of townsfolk who feared that which they could not understand! Why would they consort with the enemy? Wait... wait, I got it! It's the C.H.U.D! Which I don't need to tell you are the ...
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Thank the heavens for Colbert ...
29 May 2009 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Where do I begin with Stephen Colbert and the report - quite simply it has revived my spirits that the world we live in can still bring to us a show and a person who can deliver what no-one else in any media can.

Incredibly funny, sharp, incisive, clever, biting the adjectives are endless. Colbert's brilliance is - as others have put it - the fake punch. Pretending to oppose his interviewees while actually pointing the sharp end at the corruption & evils of the world that we live in right now.

Stephen promotes Science, Space Travel, Environmental Awareness, Equality & Racial/Religious tolerance (he is the *ONLY* pro-catholic non-Christian-bashing person in any form of mainstream media anywhere on the planet right now). And he manages all this and many more positive messages with his incredibly funny, self-absorbed on-screen persona that rightfully has the audience in stitches when they're not on their feet cheering.

I proudly bought my C.O.L.B.E.R.T. patch at NASA Kennedy Space Center (so good I had to buy two!) and will wear & display them to anyone who will notice, and try to tell as many people as I can to watch this show.

So Heroes - you are all officially mobilized to Code-Sierra-Alpha, and spread the WORD to everyone about the greatest satirical show in the history of television !!

Long live Stephen. Stephen for President. Stephen for Pope. Stephen for King. etc...

Adrian


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