Tag Archives: Stephen Colbert

Aug. 30, 2016 Late Night Update

Larry Wilmore’s show on Comedy Central was cancelled. I found out by catching up on all those episodes I should have been watching live. Wilmore took all kinds of risks and maybe that was too much for a mainstream audience. It was clearly a lot of work to do four shows a week. Jon Stewart’s other alumni HBO’s John Oliver and TNT’s Samantha Bee are knocking it out of the park by doing only one show a week. CBS’s Stephen Colbert’s new show was struggling until he fell back on his strengths of being the old Stephen Colbert. NBC’s Seth Meyers also fell back to sitting at a news desk and delivering the sharpest commentary of his career. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon seem to competing directly for the mainstream audience.

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Dec. 26, 2015 Stephen Colbert

I liked Stephen Colbert’s show on Comedy Central. It was a tightly written half hour. Whereas David Letterman’s show had clearly run out of steam, Colbert’s new late show tries to too hard to be a party show. The things I like about the new show are the the things I see in bits of the old show: the interviews and filmed sketches. It took awhile to work out the details on the old show and the new show is only in its third month. I will check back later.

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Aug. 7, 2015 Jon Stewart Daily Show Finale

Jon Stewart stepped down after sixteen years on Comedy Central’s Daily Show. He made a point in showing how many people it took to make the show a success. Just about everybody who ever worked on the show was recognized. Being from New Jersey, he closed with Bruce Springsteen. Combined with Stephen Colbert’s trippy finale, this is the end of an era. Two of the best counterpoints to billionaires controlling public debate are off the air just as the country is heading into one the most decisive elections in history. Will Trevor Noah be able to fill Stewart’s shoes? John Oliver, Larry Wilmore and Seth Meyers do not yet have the audience or influence yet. There is no sign that Stephen Colbert’s new show will be as political in its attempt to compete with the more juvenile Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel. We have not heard the last of Jon Stewart, but for now his voice is silent.

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Apr. 13, 2014 Blumbers

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Last week David Letterman announced he was retiring. Think about the timing of this announcement. Jay Leno was finally replaced on the Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon last February. Letterman is retiring because he made his point. He could do a better job than Jay Leno. He was funnier longer than anyone else, including Johnny Carson. It was a constant reminder to NBC, the company that employed them both, that they had made a terrible mistake. They got rid of the wrong guy. The nice guy. TWICE. And they kept making the mistake for years and would never admit it until it was too late.

Letterman almost retired a few years ago when Jay Leno was replaced by Conan O’Brian. Leno wound up doing the same thing to Conan that he did to Letterman, so Letterman decided to stick it out a few more years. It was more than professional. It had to be personal. Like a soldier who pays dearly for a piece of real estate, Letterman held his ground until reinforced. Who are the reinforcements? Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Craig Ferguson and of course his chosen replacement: Stephen Colbert. They are all followers of Letterman’s tradition and not Leno’s. To paraphrase George Clooney, they know the same people and they like him better.

It should be noted that some people have tried to get Colbert fired by deliberately misinterpreting remarks he made in a joking manner. They didn’t like him making fun of them. They have now discovered that when you try to get rid of someone, they just reappear on a bigger stage, the one in Ed Sullivan’s Theater.

Meanwhile, Jay is offline, silent. The continued silence is an admission that despite all the maneuvering, the better man won. Letterman will get the last laugh as a whole new generation carries on the work.

Dave’s funny, huh?

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