November 1, 2013 |
A lot of TV anchors got in the Halloween spirit Thursday, from George Stephanopoulos as an astronaut on "Good Morning America," to Kelly Ripa twerking through the morning as Miley Cyrus. But no one did more to make TV viewers feel awkward than Matt Lauer on "Today," bounding around with the plentiful cleavage of Pamela Anderson from her "Baywatch" years. And Stephen Colbert couldn't let it pass without comment. Colbert referred to the onslaught of news anchors in costume as part of the "War on Halloween.
November 1, 2013 |
Jon Stewart has a message for Fox News Channel: I tell jokes for a living, so stop using me to help prove your talking points. On Thursday's "Daily Show," Stewart ridiculed news outlets -- mainly Fox News -- for using his jokes about the tech-plagued Obamacare rollout as evidence that the country has turned against the Affordable Care Act. "If you've lost Jon Stewart you're in trouble," a Fox News host said in footage that Stewart played. "Don't use our joke as evidence that the thing you hate must be stopped because I'm sure when we joke about [something]
October 4, 2013 |
The government shutdown thwarted Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le's plans to get married at the Jefferson Memorial, but on Thursday night they got something perhaps even more memorable: a wedding officiated by none other than Stephen Colbert. The funnyman and ordained minister hosted a nuptial celebration and even quickie bachelor/bachelorette parties complete with shots and strippers on "The Colbert Report. " He got some assistance from celebrity friends, including Mandy Patinkin, who sang a Jewish blessing and got in a nice plug for "Homeland," and Smokey Bear, who stepped in as best man. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Plenty of other shows have hosted weddings -- starting with Tiny Tim on "The Tonight Show" and continuing on "Today," "Conan" and now even "Watch What Happens Live" -- but leave it to "The Colbert Report" to do so in a way that's both silly and surprisingly sweet.
October 3, 2013 |
Americans hate Obamacare but love the Affordable Care Act. That is the big story from one of America's more reliable sources of information, Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel, the comedian who hosts ABC's late-night talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” posted a camera crew on a street in Hollywood and had them interview a random sample of Americans. The question put to these people was “Which do you support, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?” Of those who ended up featured in an appallingly hilarious clip on Kimmel's show, not a single one knew that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are one and the same thing.
October 1, 2013 |
Basking in the post-finale glory, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan was the guest on "The Colbert Report" on Monday night. But instead of heaping praise on the writer, Stephen Colbert begged, needled and, in the end, forced him to continue the series. In case you've been living in a self-imposed media blackout, the 6-year-old series came to a rousing conclusion on AMC on Sunday night to huge ratings and very satisfied fans. It's the rare case of a series going out on top. But according to Colbert, Gilligan should have kept going.
September 25, 2013 |
"The Colbert Report" finally put an end to "The Daily Show's" 10-year winning streak at the Emmys on Sunday night, claiming the title of outstanding variety series for the first time. While the real Stephen Colbert was gracious and modest in his acceptance speech at the Nokia Theatre, Stephen Colbert the character seized the opportunity to gloat in his first night back on the air Tuesday. Using his Emmy to dial the number, Colbert phoned up his vanquished opponent, Jon Stewart, to "wish him a sincere 'bite me.' " But Stewart wasn't willing to take the bait.
September 23, 2013 |
For the first seven years of its existence, "The Colbert Report" saw its lead-in and progenitor, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," win the Emmy for variety series. But in the eighth year, the spell was broken. On Sunday, "Colbert" marked the end of an era when the series took that top honor, providing a boon to its 49-year-old host and the deadpan character he's created. "[I]t's sort of a cliche to say that it is such an honor just to be nominated, but it's more than that.
September 22, 2013 |
Television critics are not part of the television academy, which means we don't get to vote in the Emmys race. Depending on where you're sitting, this is either a very good or a very bad thing. What we do get to do is second-guess, congratulate and complain. Which, honestly, is much more fun than having to look at a list of undeniably worthy nominees and choosing just one. So I'm going to get my high-fiving and whining out of the way early so maybe I can just enjoy the show. (Neil Patrick Harris - I'm loving it already.)
September 13, 2013 |
Stephen Colbert has made a career out of conducting uncomfortable interviews, but on Thursday he brought new meaning to the term "cringe-worthy" when he sat down with former intelligence official Philip Mudd. Mudd, who has served as the deputy director of the CIA's counter-terrorist center and as a senior intelligence advisor at the FBI, stopped by the show to talk about his new book, "Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda. " Let's just say he's no Saul Berenson. The conversation began pleasantly enough, with Mudd discussing the changes to Al Qaeda over the past 12 years and emphasizing the importance of human informants in the fight against terrorism. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times But then Colbert made a joke about "Homeland," and, well, things got awkward very quickly.
September 8, 2013 |
Veteran reporter Charlie Rose announced Sunday that he had secured a highly coveted scoop: He interviewed Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus. Later, from Beirut, Rose discussed aspects of the interview on CBS' "Face the Nation. " The interview will run in its entirety Monday night on the "Charlie Rose" show on PBS. The world's attention is keenly focused on the perilous situation in Syria, particularly now that Assad has been accused of using chemical weapons against his own people.