He has chance to imbue it not with the trite, topical humor we have come to expect from the genre, but rather with the full range of emotions that encompass the human experience: grief, fear, hope, sorrow and, of course, humor -- lots and lots of humor.
Was I kidding myself all along about this twelve-by-two mile enchanted island, or am I just getting too old to appreciate it?
Stephen, I realize it's only entertainment and that your job is to make people laugh. But when you bring on a very un-funny fellow like Travis Kalanick, it seems you and your production team should think a little more cleverly about how you put lipstick on that pig.
This week, summer vacation ended for millions of Americans, as did the wait for two long-anticipated events. First, in Washington, the Iran nuclear agreement cleared its biggest hurdle, as opponents lost a key procedural vote in the Senate. Maybe former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose strong opposition to the deal is among the best arguments for it, provided the winning margin. To drive the point home, the White House released a cutting video montage of Cheney's wildly wrong assessments of Iraq, showing he was "wrong then, wrong now." Meanwhile, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert finally debuted, with a literally biting bit about the media's Trump addiction, and an interview featuring a suave Jeb Bush and a stilted Colbert (actually, switch that). As Colbert said, "I used to play a narcissistic, conservative pundit -- now, I'm just a narcissist." But still very, very funny. And, given his poignant interview with Joe Biden, very, very human.
Today's topics include: Colbert's Debut on The Late Show; Christian Sharia Law on the March; Shep Smith for the Win; Sarah Palin's Incoherent Iran Speech; Huckabee Says Dred Scott is Still the Law of the Land.
Stephen's natural ability to unmask the often discriminatory nature of conservative argument ("I've got mine, good luck getting yours") was exceptional in the former show, and hopefully it can be incorporated in the present "Late Night" format.
This is exactly what America needs, The Donald trumping "bing, bing, bong" on the stump, his new rallying song to impassion Nixon's secret reactionary social militia to come out from the political shadow to help him make America great again.
A lady ruling late night. Can you imagine? Our small brains are up to the challenge, are yours?
In the days and weeks leading up to the premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, there was much speculation about who Stephen Colbert actually was, how much of what we'd seen up until now was a made up persona, and which version of whom would be hosting The Late Show.
On September 8, Stephen Colbert made his debut as host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Was he nervous? "I've got butterflies," he admitted to W...
Political leaders preaching intolerance express the collective's shadow by projecting their own grandiosity, moral superiority, paranoia, and retaliatory policies toward those deemed other or not normal.
The writing of the episodes zipline from corny to suspenseful, with plenty of laughs and plot twists, along with outrageous Italian and Romany accents helping to make the short season an enjoyable listen indeed.
As viewers, we turned to Stewart when democracy was losing the plot. We charged him with the numinous task of separating the real from the unreal, the empty rhetoric from the suffering it caused.
Jon Stewart reminded us that while democracy (and life) is funny, it can also be intermittently devastating, and leave the pausing complex thinkers eating the tyranny of inanities left by the panting race of power-obsessed double-dealers.
We didn't constantly see signs expressing bigotry at Gore, Kerry, or Dean rallies. And that's the difference. When the tea party talks about taking their country back, it's about more than politics alone.
Poverty pokes holes in a family's life. Non-profit and government programs seek to close those holes. But we tend to so this imperfectly, because we are almost always short on resources.