April 24, 2007 |
Activist groups dropped a federal lawsuit against Viacom Inc. on Monday after the parent of Comedy Central acknowledged it made a mistake in asking YouTube to yank a parody of the cable network's "The Colbert Report." Although the video in question contained clips taken from the television show, the groups argued that their use was protected under "fair use" provisions of copyright law, and thus Viacom shouldn't have asked YouTube to remove the item.
January 20, 2007 |
Stephen Colbert strode up to the green marble security desk in the lobby of News Corp.'s Manhattan headquarters, where in minutes he would face off with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, the muse for the strident, preening cable pundit he plays on Comedy Central. Suddenly Colbert realized he had forgotten something. "Uh-oh, I don't have an ID," he said with chagrin to the skeptical woman behind the desk. No worries.
January 10, 2007 |
Call it life imitating art -- imitating life. Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert, who patterned much of his on-air alter ego on outspoken cable pundits such as Bill O'Reilly, is going to come face to face with his muse next week when he and O'Reilly visit each other's shows. On Jan. 18, Colbert is set to appear on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor." Later that night, O'Reilly will be a guest on "The Colbert Report."
October 22, 2006 |
Most politicians are as likely to pass up free TV face time before an election as they would be to refuse a campaign check. Then again, there's a price to be paid for looking stupid. That's what members of Congress have learned recently about "Better Know a District," a sarcastic weekly skit that is part of "The Colbert Report," a nightly half-hour on Viacom Inc.'s Comedy Central network.
March 27, 2006 |
Former FEMA director Michael D. Brown is tired of being caricatured as an incompetent federal appointee who stood by idly while the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. During an appearance before a Senate committee last month, he refused to accept all the blame for the government's slow response, insisting that he had warned the White House of the storm's disastrous potential. Now he's embarking on the next step of his rehabilitation tour: He's going on "The Colbert Report."
November 3, 2005 |
COMEDY Central's move to extend its late-night franchise appears to be working -- at least based on early results. After its first two weeks on Comedy Central, Stephen Colbert's mock interview show, "The Colbert Report," has received an extended one-year contract from its initial eight-week run. Airing at 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, "The Colbert Report" follows "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and currently averages 1.2 million viewers.