October 5, 2012 |
President Obama took a beating on late-night television Thursday, a day after delivering a sluggish debate performance against his rival, Mitt Romney. On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart joked that Obama's debate loss represented a rare moment of bipartisan accord: Pundits on both the left and the right agreed that he choked. “There is no red America, there is no blue America, there is only the America that can't believe how bad this guy did in the debate,” he said, paraphrasing Obama's career-making speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
July 27, 2012 |
Mitt Romney, in London on Thursday for the first stop on an international tour meant to burnish his foreign-policy credentials, had one of those days that makes you wonder why anyone bothers to run for president. And Stephen Colbert joined London Mayor Boris Johnson and pretty much all of the British press in heaping scorn on the Republican candidate, whose blunder even inspired a Twitter hashtag, #romneyshambles. Colbert joked that Romney - a.k.a. “America's crown prince of running for president” - had “really grabbed England by the crumpets” when he said he found London's preparations for the games “disconcerting.” “That is the same classic Romney charm he used to woo his wife,” Colbert claimed, reading from a supposed valentine from Mitt to Ann: “Roses are red, Violets are blue, There are a few things that are disconcerting about your hair.” Colbert seemed particularly amused by Prime Minister David Cameron, who responded to Romney's declaration by saying, “It's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere” -- a statement that has been interpreted as a jab at Romney's role in the 2002 Salt Lake City games.
August 15, 2012 |
NBC's much-hyped reality series “Stars Earn Stripes” has been roundly criticized by military veterans and peace activists alike and on Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert added his voice to the chorus of dissenters. In a withering segment broadcast in a week in which Colbert is hosting a concert aboard the aircraft carrier/tourist attraction Intrepid, Colbert argued the show isn't about “honoring the troops” so much as a disingenuous ploy to appeal to males aged 18-34. Colbert likened host Wesley Clark to the great military leaders of the past, such as Dwight Eisenhower and George Patton, but wasn't convinced the former Army general has “what it takes to be a Jeff Probst.” As for former 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey, who described being on the show as a “once-in-a-lifetime experience for people like myself to step in there and get in the trenches,” Colbert quipped, “Yes, once in a lifetime, other than all the times you could have enlisted.” He also expressed his skepticism over the repeated claim that the challenges "Stars Earn Stripes" simulated an “authentic war experience.” “Yes this is real, with real weapons and real ammunition and real jet skis zipping in at the first sign of trouble,” Colbert said.
April 11, 2014 |
Sometime next year, Stephen Colbert will ascend from the world of basic cable into the vaunted heavens of network broadcast when he takes over the CBS late night spot from David Letterman. While he surely has years and years of great TV moments ahead of him, this period of transition is as good a time as any to look back on Colbert's best moments as a parody conservative host in the half-hour following Jon Stewart's "Daily Show. " The best place to begin is Colbert's first and perhaps one of his longest-lasting media contributions: the word "truthiness.
March 7, 2013 |
After taking on campaign finance with his super PAC last year, Stephen Colbert appears to have moved on to a new favorite cause: voting rights. As the host explained Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” he's “personally invested in the issue because he attended the 1963 March on Washington while in his mother's womb (he even had a muffled recording of Martin Luther King's “I Have a Dream” speech to prove it). The issue is in the news at the moment, thanks to a case before the Supreme Court challenging the 1965 Voting Rights Act . “That's right, the law that banned silencing African Americans is now coming before our nation's foremost silent African American,” Colbert joked, a dig at the famously taciturn Justice Clarence Thomas.
January 10, 2013 |
Following in the footsteps of virtually every other media personality, from Joe Scarborough to Piers Morgan, Stephen Colbert dived headlong into the hottest debate in the country on Wednesday's “Colbert Report.” Using the most potent weapon in his arsenal - irony - he made the case for tighter gun control measures. “Right now, gun control talk is suddenly everywhere for reasons I don't want to get into because it undermines my position,” he began. From there, he expressed concern over the task force headed by “Reichsmarschall Biden” whose vague yet ominous mission is to “convene a series of meetings and offer recommendations in an effort to build consent for action.” “Meetings?
April 9, 2014 |
Usually, Stephen Colbert asserts his dominance over his guests. It's how he's become a late night superstar and has landed at the top of many viewers' wish lists to replace David Letterman on CBS. But Tuesday night, it was famed primatolgist Jane Goodall who showed Colbert how to behave. "If I were a chimp that you were meeting for the first time, would there be something different about your body language right now?" Colbert asked. Ever game, Goodall said she'd demonstrate and had Colbert stand up and assume an ape-like posture.
November 9, 2012 |
It's been a long, exhausting campaign season for political pundits, and on Thursday a tired but clearly exhilarated Rachel Maddow stopped by “The Colbert Report” to discuss the results of Tuesday's election. It was by any measure a very good night for liberals, who celebrated not only Obama's victory but also the decriminalization of marijuana in two states and the legalization of gay marriage by popular vote in three. In Maddow's post-election show Wednesday night, the MSNBC host unleashed an anti-Republican rant that quickly went viral . The party had gotten “shellacked,” she argued, because of their “vacuum-sealed, door-locked spin cycle of telling each other what makes them feel good.” Colbert asked her why she felt the need to do an “end zone dance.” Maddow claimed she was simply describing what had happened, in simple terms, but “this is one of those days when the facts have a liberal bias.” As for the enthused viewer reaction to it, “Just raw data makes people, like, send you flowers,” she said.
November 22, 2013 |
J.J. Abrams is primarily known as the guy who's directing the new "Star Wars" movie these days, but before that he was a writer and director who loved to plant clues and engender obsessive fan discussion over coded references to obscure items. For his visit to "The Colbert Report," Abrams was prepared to discuss his new book, "S. " but Stephen Colbert decided to send the filmmaker into a mystery straight out of one of his own works. "It's been a long time," Colbert said upon greeting him, before cryptically adding, "The squirrel is in the basket.
January 21, 2012 |
Reporting from Charleston, S.C. -- Under the looming live oaks at the College of Charleston on Friday, Stephen Colbert delivered a clinic on how to produce a whiz-bang political rally. Significantly, not one of the Republican candidates this year has exhibited the star power to bring off such an extravaganza themselves. Thousands of students packed into the old college's walled central yard. Many had waited for hours to see Colbert and they cheered wildly when the comedy genius from Comedy Central marched in. Cheerleaders and a marching band led the way. A gospel choir was poised to sing with Colbert onstage.