Results tagged “Stephen Colbert” from kwc blog

Return of Stewart and Colbert

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"We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence."

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report will return to the air on January 7 -- someone must have rescued Stewart and Colbert from XKCD.

Although I selfishly celebrate their return, it seems like it was a hard decision for the two. Stewart and Colbert support the WGA strike, their writers and comedians have posted amusing videos in support, and the WGA's reaction to the announcement states that the hosts were forced to return to the air by Comedy Central. I foresee Colbert doing better with the improvisational requirements of their return, but I can't see either show doing that well -- I always fast forward through Stewart's interview, which will likely now dominate the show.

As angry as the WGA is, perhaps poor quality comedy shows will highlight the importance of good writing. I'm not saying that Colbert and Stewart should throw the game, but perhaps they can do more in their return than not.

For fans of the Colbert Report

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SAGINAW, Mich. -- Call it "Colbert Day in Canada."

That's what a 5-4 win for the Saginaw Spirit over the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League on Friday has earned Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's satirical news program "The Colbert Report."

Colbert had made a bet with Oshawa mayor John Gray on the outcome of the game. If the Generals won, Colbert would don a team jersey during his show. If the Spirit won, Gray would have to declare March 20 -- also his birthday -- "Stephen Colbert Day" in the Ontario city.

... In a recent game between the two teams in Oshawa, the Generals held their annual teddy bear toss for charity. Colbert took mock offense and aired footage of the stunt, calling it "an obvious attempt to taunt me" in light of the show's claim that bears are the No. 1 threat to America's safety.

In retaliation, Colbert encouraged Saginaw fans to throw General Motors annual earnings reports on the ice during Friday's game -- and fans complied. He even posted a downloadable link to the financial reports on his Web site.

Wikiality

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Stephen Colbert coins 'Wikiality' (reality/truth defined by a majority) as his W�rd, edits the George Washington entry to state that, "In conclusion, George Washington did not own slaves," and The Colbert Report entry to call Oregon "Idaho's Portugal." He also calls on his viewers to edit the elephant entry to state that the number of elephants is increasing, which results in the predicted vandalism across Wikipedia.

Now the 'Stephencolbert' user has been blocked for user verification (the edits occurred before the airing of the show), and Slashdot is declaring the prank 'backfired.' But did it backfire? It sounds to me it all went according to plan -- the Wikipedia editors are still debating how to include 'Wikiality' in Wikipedia.

Colbert's performance

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People are still talking about Colbert's White House Correspondents' Dinner performance, debating whether or not it crossed the line, whether or not it was funny, whether or not it was brave, etc... As someone who watches every episode of the Colbert Report, what I found most impressive is that it's Thursday and people are still talking about a comedian's standup routine from last week. I haven't seen that much buzz from something a comedian said since Jon Stewart's appearance on Crossfire. As much as I probably laughed more at Stewart's exchange, I think lines delivered straight to the president's face does out do calling Tucker Carlson a dick.

This clip (courtesy of Lisa Rein) continues to demonstrate that the Daily Show is the funniest show on TV. Stephen Colbert's commentary is hilarious. Also, be sure to check out this image when you get to "those cuts would come back to haunt us" as the graphic is hard to make out in the video.