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On the 1st day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 19th 2006 4:40PM
Stephen Colbert... a great TV moment

I remember. It was the evening of April 29th, and I had opted out of attending a major social event to watch, of all things, C-SPAN. Honestly, it felt a little pathetic. Well, not "a little". It felt really pathetic. Little did I know that I, sitting in front of the television with my laptop resting on my tacky pajama bottoms, would soon be witnessing something remarkable.

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All Annie wants for Festivus

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 18th 2006 9:34AM
Arrested DevelopmentIs it really time for Festivus again? Goodness. It feels like only yesterday that I typed up my last Festivus wishlist. Most of 2005's list went unfulfilled, although I did get a laptop (it does have WiFi, but runs on regular electricity, not dreams and smiles, as I had originally requested) and Horatio Sanz is no longer on Saturday Night Live. I suppose having two wishes granted is better than none. Well, I'm going to try again and, hopefully, this year I will have better luck. As you will see, my wishes are much more reasonable this time around and will be easier to meet... Then again, I have a very funny definition for "reasonable".

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The Five: Best characters of 2006

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 12th 2006 12:01PM
steve carell; michael scottBefore you get all... angry... that I didn't include your favorite character on this list, know that this is my list of favorite television characters. You can make your list in the comments.

When I look back at the 2006 television landscape, a few key characters come to mind. This year, I discovered some new characters that have my adoration and I've stuck close to the ones I loved from 2005. Here's my list of the Best Characters of 2006:

5. Michael Scott, The Office
While it's no secret that I adore a certain member of the supporting cast, the best character on The Office is definitely Michael. He sucks the fun out of any situation by making everybody uncomfortable, but at least you know what his true colors are. He tries, and does a poor job of covering up his non-P.C. thoughts such as, "How queer! (sees camera) Queer Eye for the Straight Guy-- that's a great show!" He just tries so hard to get people to like him and to be a buddy rather than a boss that you can't help but love/pity the guy. And Jim's right, Michael is the most loyal guy at Dunder Mifflin.

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"Truthiness" is Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 9th 2006 6:08PM
stephen colbertFirst the American Dialect Society picked "truthiness" as the Word of the Year for 2005 and now voters who took part in an online poll for Merriam-Webster have also picked Stephen Colbert's favorite word as Word of the Year for 2006. I suppose this could go on indefinitely since apparently "Word of the Year" isn't trademarked or anything. In fact, I nominate "truthiness" for "Word of the Year" for the years 2007 through 2586. Stand back while I use this awesome power of nomination I've just discovered. Though I have always been partial to "shwappadabba," even though that's not actual a word, but then, neither is "truthiness" according to Merriam-Webster. I figure if Colbert can just make up a word, so can I. I'm not sure what the definition of "shwappadabba" is exactly, so let's just say it's a type of fanbelt.

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On the 8th day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 8th 2006 9:02AM
south park; world of warcraft...Eight Characters Quoted!

This year didn't really provide any classic one-liners that have become a part of everyday conversation. There's no "Hell to the no!" or "Let's hug it out, bitch" or "Obey kaybee". So, I grabbed a few favorite quotes from our lists and from our commenters... and I threw in a few quotes from major moments in 2006 television.
  • "Deal or no deal?", Howie Mandel's tagline for his new game show on NBC.
  • "Live every week... like it's shark week," a bit of wisdom from Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock.
  • "You taste like fish biscuits." Kate, after Sawyer kissed her on Lost.
  • "Scroll over him with your mouse cursor and... right click!" Cartman, instructing his friends to attack during a game of World of Warcraft on South Park.
  • "Do you mean Rain Man retarded or Paris Hilton retarded?" Lou, on Rescue Me.
  • "Well, I know it's the worst kept secret in America... but I'm going to be working on CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes," Katie Couric, announcing her resignation from Today.
  • "This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg." Stephen Colbert, going balls-out at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on C-SPAN.
  • "Mommy, when am I going to get my fur?" Rosie O'Donnell, quoting her daughter, during her first day hosting The View.

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On the 9th day of Festivus, TV gave to me

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 7th 2006 2:04PM
Stephen Colbert... nine Colbert moments

Mr. Stephen Colbert had a great run in 2005, when The Colbert Report debuted and took off like a mighty eagle... with a disturbingly dedicated fanbase. This past year somehow managed to top all that, making Colbert and his show absolute pop culture giants and easily one of the biggest hits of 2006. I've been a fan ever since I first saw the man many years ago on The Daily Show and Strangers With Candy, so I feel like I've seen his career positively explode before my very eyes. Ohh, my boy's all grown up.

Now now, let's move on to my list before I get even more sappy and awkwardly maternal (the fact that Colbert's over twenty years older than me does not help the strangeness). Here are the top nine Colbert Report moments of 2006!

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Is Tim Meadows everywhere these days or is it me?

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 6th 2006 11:48AM
Tim MeadowsAfter he ended his long run on Saturday Night Live in 2000, it seemed like Tim Meadows followed the career path most former SNLers go down; in other words, he faded into the background.

Now it looks like Meadows has come back, but stealthily so. He's been all over TV over the last year or so, but in small supporting or guest roles. For instance, last year, he was in a great episode of The Office, playing a client that Michael Scott schmoozes over drinks at the local Chili's. He's also has been a few episodes of Help Me Help You, playing a character named Petey. He also made a reality push this past summer, as a contestant on Gameshow Marathon and a judge during the early rounds of Last Comic Standing.

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Stewart, Colbert clips now on iFilm

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 6th 2006 8:34AM
comedy central logoNow that Comedy Central has pulled all its Daily Show and Colbert Report clips from YouTube, they've been quietly popping up over at iFilm. For some reason, there has been no publicity on the part of the network or the website. iFilm is owned by Viacom, which also owns Comedy Central. So, you see how that works.

The clips that are appearing on iFilm are primarily from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. They're uploaded in about three-minute segments, but there are numerous segments so practically the entire show is on iFilm. And the good news is that they appear the morning after a new episode of either show airs. Other Viacom clips include sketches from Chappelle's Show, Reno 911!, The Real World, and Wonder Showzen. There are also clips from The State, as well as other MTV and LOGO programming.

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Karlin talks about why he's leaving The Daily Show

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 4th 2006 2:35PM
Ben Karlin and Jon StewartAs word leaked out that Ben Karlin was going to leave his post as executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, speculation started swirling. Did Karlin have a fallout from Jon Stewart? Was he suffering from burnout? Was he stepping aside so the show wouldn't lose its valued head writer, David Javerbaum? Since Karlin, Stewart, or Colbert weren't talking, speculation only grew over the weekend.

According to Karlin, who along with Stewart spoke to Jacques Steinberg of The New York Times, burnout was one factor; helming both shows was an all-consuming job. But his departure came more from a desire to work on other projects, such as a book of essays he's editing called Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me.

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Stephen Colbert vs. The Decemberists

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 1st 2006 2:45PM
Stephen ColbertOkay, so... A few months ago, a bunch of Stephen Colbert fans started modifying footage of Stephen rolling around in front of a green screen, flailing a light saber, to make fun videos. Y'know. Just for kicks. Somehow, the folks over at The Colbert Report caught wind of this and made it into an official Green Screen Challenge. The difference? Capitalization. The Challenge was a big hit... and it seems like indie group The Decemberists are looking to get a little green screen action too, through their new contest, Re-animate The Decemberists, in which fans download footage of the band playing in front of a green screen and create their own video.

Colbert called the band out in an episode last week, accusing The Decemberists of riding on his coat-tails. He then instructed the Colbert Nation to enter The Decemberists' contest, but work in his green screen footage from the first Challenge to tear down the band. Oh snap! But wait. There's a second, unexpected snap...

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Shakeup at The Daily Show and The Colbert Report?

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 30th 2006 6:30PM
Ben KarlinThe Apiary, a blog about the New York comedy scene, is reporting that Ben Karlin (pictured), executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, has announced his resignation. Karlin, along with Jon Stewart, has been a driving creative force behind TDS (and later, Colbert) for many years, so his alleged departure is a significant change. (UPDATE: Comedy Central confirmed the change to Broadcasting & Cable magazine)

If he leaves, head writer David Javerbaum is set to take his place. Rachel Sklar over at Huffington Post's Eat The Press reports that Javerbaum himself was set to leave the show to pursue a career writing lyrics for Broadway musicals. No word from either source on a) why Karlin is leaving and b) who will replace Javerbaum as head writer. ETP does go on to mention that TDS has hired some new producers, including Daniel Sterling, a former writer and producer for Kitchen Confidential and King of the Hill.

(By the way, on the rare occasion I write something over at Huffington, Rachel edits my stuff. Just wanted to give you full disclosure.)

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Stephen Colbert Museum and Gift Shop to open in Alabama

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 21st 2006 7:03PM

stephen colbertEver the philanthropist, Stephen Colbert is extending a helping hand to the residents of Tuscumbia in Colbert County, Alabama by opening the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to celebrating, well, Stephen Colbert (he thinks the county was named after him). Starting November 27 and running throughout the week, The Colbert Report will show behind-the-scenes footage of the struggle to open the Stephen Colbert Museum and Gift Shop, and to thwart the efforts of people who want Colbert County to be remembered for Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller. Frankly, I'd love to see Colbert play Helen Keller in a production of The Miracle Worker, but that's probably just me.

As long as I'm on the subject of The Colbert Report, does anyone else think that Stephen's show is better than The Daily Show? I still love the Daily Show, and perhaps I'm just becoming too familiar with it, but I find myself more and more preferring Stephen's role playing as an idiot pundit over Jon Stewart's dry wit and occasional self-deprecation. Perhaps it's because Stephen never breaks the fourth wall that is constantly smashed to bits on The Daily Show. I still think there's room for both, but I find myself leaning more and more toward the Colbert Nation.

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The Daily Show/The Colbert Report: November 7, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Nov 8th 2006 3:20PM
Jon and StephenAfter seeing Comedy Central's as for this Daily Show/Colbert Report "Midterm Midtacular" mash-up , I expected a lot more integration. Aside from the obvious change in content, this special wasn't all that, um, special. It was just like the usual Stewart/Colbert block, but with one or two more check-ins. No breaking news. No balloon drops. No t-shirt giveaways. Ehh.

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Dan Rather says "It's a risk, but what the hell"

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 7th 2006 12:32PM

Dan RatherEx-CBS newsman will be the guest tonight on Comedy Central's live Indecision 2006 special at 11pm. The show will be co-hosted by Daily Show host Jon Stewart and Colbert Report host Stephen Colbert. A quote from Rather, from the article linked above:

"J. Stewart and company offered the chance, and I've taken it...I don't do comedy, I do politics, which sometimes is one in the same."

J. Stewart? That seems like an odd way to say his name. Was this an e-mail interview? Even if it was, does it really take longer to write three characters (Jon) than two (J.)? But I digress...

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How to be a guest on The Colbert Report

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 2nd 2006 6:13PM

Stephen ColbertI've always found the guest interview segments of The Colbert Report to be the oddest part of the show. Because it's not like a separate segment, where Colbert comes out of his character for a serious chat with the guest, he stays in character throughout the entire interview, and it's up to the guest to make his point, plug his book, or just completely play along with the "sketch" and have some fun with it. Some of the best moments of the show is when the guest catches Colbert offguard and Colbert laughs and slips out of character for just a moment.

So what should you do if you're a guest on the show? Troy Patterson over at Slate has some tips. Basically, it comes down to 1.) Act your age, 2.) Laugh Uproariously, 3.) Embrace The Theater, and 4.) Go on the offensive.

Sounds like good advice to me.

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