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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already looking forward to many more episodes
18 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Last night's first episode of the Colbert Report was a sign of great things to come. Stephen Colbert has already made his name as a correspondent on The Daily Show (sometimes under brilliantly ridiculous monachers), and branching out onto his own show I'm looking forward to more. If there is more to be expected, with more variety, it's definitely welcome, but on sight of the first episode I'm already hyped for it. Basically, Colbert is a combination of the several 'taling-head' talk-show hosts on Cable TV news networks, with huge egos in the guise of traditional journalism. In particular, one can see the lampooning of Bill O'Reilly, which whether or not you're a fan of his you'll find some humor (I'm very much not, but it may not be too deterring for O'Reilly's main base). The set-ups like 'The Word', and a competition with another TV correspondent with strange phrasing, are hysterical, and sometimes more subtle than the Daily Show material.

If you like Colbert's stuff, it's a must-see, and if you're a newcomer to the show (and might not watch the Daily Show much) it's worth a viewing. One thing's for sure, like the Daily Show, it's a breath of fresh air in the realm of the mildly outrageous.


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