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September 1, 2015


Michelle Obama's Brother on 'The Colbert Report' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 22nd 2010 4:30AM
Michelle Obama's Brother on 'The Colbert Report'Craig Robinson -- brother of Michelle Obama -- appeared on 'The Colbert Report' (weeknights, 11:30 PM on Comedy Central). Upon meeting his guest, Stephen Colbert commented on Robinson's resemblance to his sister. "I've met [Michelle]," Colbert said. "And I have to say that you guys look a lot alike." Colbert then suggested that Robinson should put on a wig to disguise himself as the First Lady.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Stewart and Colbert Ink Deals Through 2012

by Mike Scalise, posted Apr 20th 2010 10:00AM
And now, a moment of zen for late-night TV.

According to the New York Times, Comedy Central recently signed its two award-winning "fake news" stars -- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert -- to deals that would keep them on the air through 2012's presidential election.

"Jon and Stephen have established themselves not only on the cable landscape but also on the cultural landscape," said Doug Herzog, President of MTV Networks, which owns Comedy Central. "I think of myself as the manager of the '61 Yankees. I just wanted to keep writing Mantle and Maris into the lineup as many seasons as I can."

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Colbert ignores U.S. speed skater who called him a jerk, for now

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 9th 2009 8:03PM
It's been two days worth of new episodes now and Stephen Colbert has suddenly stopped talking about his beloved Olympic speed skating team. It's a surprise since the man has given more props to his sponsorship of the team than Gatorade does for the Super Bowl.

That may be because team member Shani Davis called Colbert a "jerk" for running his smear campaign against the Canadians, a smear campaign that seemed to get the Canadians to back and give his team practice time on Canada's ice. It even almost seemed as though Colbert was going to address the name-calling in his opening "Who's Attacking Me Now" segment on Monday, but instead went into the comments made by White House Recovery Act Coordinator G. Edward DeSeve.

Should Colbert call out Davis for his name calling and more importantly, will he?

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Sesame Street's 40th: Five biggest controversies

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 11:01AM
Sit a kid in front of a TV for an hour a day and a parent is bound to find something that offends them, other than the fact that plopping impressionable minds in front of a TV unsupervised is considered "good parenting."

Sesame Street
is no stranger to controversy. Critics, cynics and crybabies have called out the show on everything from questionable behavior to the ambiguous situations...of puppets. Of course, all of these complaints and cackling criticisms just scratch the surface of a much bigger issue that has largely gone unaddressed: the total loss of our sanity and grasp on reality.

So as we look back at the last 40 years of television's greatest children's show, we see some speed bumps along the way. These are the ones that caused the greatest loss of tire pressure.

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Exclusive! Keith Olbermann is not dead

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 1st 2009 8:25AM
Keith OlbermannKeith Olbermann! Come on down! You're the next TV celebrity whose death has been falsely reported on the Internet!

The MSNBC Countdown's Wikipedia page reported he had died earlier this morning, possibly due to complications from celiac disease.

I sent emails to two networks officials to confirm this jarring claim. Jeremy Gaines, MSNBC's vice president of communications, responded that he is certain the entry is a "hoax" and that he and other network officials were working to correct it. The section on Olbermann's death has since been removed from the page.

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Comedy Central reveals they are sending Stephen Colbert to Baghdad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 6th 2009 1:02PM
Stephen Colbert going to IraqThe time and nation that Stephen Colbert couldn't reveal where he is taking his show has been revealed. And because elite Army ninjas have not sneaked into his studio and whisked him away to an interrogation room for breaking the military code of silence, it's been confirmed by the network.

Stephen Colbert is taking his Colbert Report to Baghdad for the troops next week. The network claims this is the first time the USO has brought a television show into a combat area for a week of shows, if you don't count, say, the news.

Colbert has landed in Baghdad and underwent some basic military training to prepare for his visit to the region at Camp Victory, the former home of Saddam Hussein's Al-Faw Palace. That alone should provide hours of hilarious material for the show. But there's more going on than just producing something to keep you entertained during your post-work Kraft dinner.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and his name is Stephen

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 4th 2008 6:07PM
America's favorite megalomaniac takes on America's least favorite megalomaniac and for once in this karma-deprived universe, the megalomaniac we were rooting for has won.

Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report called on his legion of fans/cult-like followers who would not only follow their leader into the gates of Hell, but also take his place in the seventh circle (the one that only gets QVC, C-Span 2 and late night knife infomercials) to help him vanquish his foes. In the past, he has used his followers to take on enemy combatants such as Chuck Norris, indie rock group the Decemberists and Oshawa, Ontario mayor John Gray.

This time, he's taken down someone more feared, despised and loathed than all three of those figures combined in a tragic teleportation device accident.

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Colbert's WristStrong bracelets net $171,525 for charity

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 24th 2008 12:27PM
Stephen ColbertLeave it to Stephen Colbert and the Colbert Nation to turn a parody of Lance Armstrong's "LiveStrong" cancer awareness bracelet into a massive donation to a charitable cause. As the AP reports, since Colbert began selling his red "WristStrong" bracelets as part of his "wrist awareness" campaign, begun in response to Colbert breaking his own wrist, he has raised an incredible $171,525. And, on last night's broadcast, he presented the proceeds to The Yellow Ribbon Fund, a real organization that helps injured service members.

Stephen Colbert continues to find ways to turn his mock commentator into a true industry leader, all the while keeping tongue firmly in cheek. Is it any wonder that he's surpassed Jon Stewart as the buzz du jour of the teen and college set? Personally I really hope we get a Democrat in office in this next election, even if only to see how the decidedly right-winged Colbert persona is able to respond to everything he or she does.

[via Yahoo!]


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Directors Guild Awards nominations are in

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 11th 2008 8:00AM
Yunjin KimFinally someone shows some love for Lost, which got itself back on track last season. The Directors Guild announced their nominees for this year's awards. Lost nabbed two nominations in the Dramatic Series category, for "The Looking Glass" and "The Brig." The Sopranos picked up two of the three remaining nominations, saving the last one for AMC's excellent freshmen drama, Mad Men.

On the comedy side, 30 Rock nabbed two nominations, with Desperate Housewives and Entourage picking up one each. And the critical love for ABC's incredibly charming Pushing Daisies continues as it snatches the final spot. But one category in which the Directors think very differently than anyone else is in Reality Programs. Not only is the kitschy Who Wants to be a Superhero? nominated, but is joined by Shooting Sizemore and Pros vs. Joes. The full list, including commercials, documentaries and mini-series after the jump.

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Colbert reports live tonight at UCB Theatre New York

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 3rd 2007 11:41AM

With the strike still in full effect, new episodes of The Colbert Report won't be coming to Comedy Central anytime soon. So Colbert and the cast are moving the production to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City for one show tonight. Just as 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live did before him, Colbert is bringing his "No-Spin Zone" to a sold out crowd.

Advance reservations are sold out, but there will be a standby line. No word on if there will be any guests, nor if Colbert will be performing "classic" bits or new material, though if he follows directly in the footprints of Rock and SNL, there won't be any new written material. But Colbert is a gifted comedian, so surely he can't be penalized by the Guild for ad-libbing some stuff. "Tonight on The Colbert Report, we investigate what the hell happened to my cameras, and where all these people came from."

[via PopCandy]

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Colbert's cast to go up on eBay tonight

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 23rd 2007 10:22AM
stephen colbert; castAfter tonight's episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert will put his cast up for auction on eBay. Colbert broke his wrist in June while running around his set before the show began. The proceeds from the sale will go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund for injured military service members and their families as they recuperate at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is a favorite of Colbert's. He has already used his cast to raise money for the injured soldiers and their families by selling 'WristStrong' bracelets, a spoof of Lance Armstrong (and Nike's) LiveStrong yellow bracelets that raise money for cancer research. By the way, if you can't afford Stephen's cast, you can probably still afford one of his 'WristStrong' bracelets, which are for sale on his website.

Colbert's cast is signed by a wide variety of political and news figures: Nancy Pelosi, Tony Snow, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Tim Russert, Bill O'Reilly, and Michael Bloomberg.

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EFF drops suit against Viacom over YouTube video

by Brad Linder, posted Apr 24th 2007 3:03PM
colbertThe Electronic Frontier Foundation is dropping its lawsuit against Viacom. The EFF had sued Viacom over a takedown notice the media company sent regarding a Stephen Colbert parody clip posted to YouTube.

The EFF had filed its lawsuit on behalf of MoveOn.org, Civic Action, and Brave New Films. The video, called "Stop the Falsiness," was created using clips from The Colbert Report, but it was a parody of both Colbert's right-wing schtick and MoveOn.org. At first Viacom denied sending a takedown notice over the video, but later the company admitted that it had sent the notice and that it had been a mistake to do so.

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Colbert not invited back to WHCA dinner

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 16th 2007 7:28PM

colbertWell, it's no surprise that Stephen Colbert wasn't invited back to speak at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, after last year's event (plus the fact I don't think they invite the same speakers back year after year), but I wasn't prepared for the choice they've come up with to speak at this year's dinner.

Impersonator Rich Little.

I agree with Editor & Publisher that this choice seems a little...safe? I mean, getting someone who was last popular in the early 80s to speak at the annual dinner seems a little odd. I mean, he'll probably do an impersonation of President Bush, but I can't see it going beyond light satire (if there's any satire at all). Nothing against Little. He's a talented guy of course. But it's almost as if they said, "last year we had a big banana split, with hot fudge and sprinkles and whipped cream. This year we're just going with a small dish of vanilla, please."

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An intern's day on The Colbert Report

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 3rd 2006 3:59PM

colbert reportSean Bartlett wrote an interesting piece for The Boston Phoenix about his experience working as an unpaid intern on The Colbert Report. Apparently Stephen is a pretty decent guy to work for, which is nice to hear. I mean, it would have made the story more interesting if the real Stephen (not the character he plays on TV) was the kind of boss who threw a keyboard at your head or kicked a chair out from under you whenever he got upset, but what can you do? As an intern, Bartlett got to shadow staff members, and even sit in on a writer's meeting and throw out ideas of his own. Oh yeah, and it was Sean who Stephen threatened to fire for putting whole milk in his coffee. You can watch that clip after the jump.

[via CC Insider]

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Stephen Colbert gives commencement address at Knox College

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 5th 2006 5:50PM
Stephen ColbertThe Colbert Report's Stephen Colbert gave the 2006 commencement address at Knox College over the weekend. At the start of it, he acknowledges that he is a man named Stephen Colbert, but he also plays a man on TV with the same name, and he's not sure which one they invited to speak:

"On a beautiful day like this, I'm reminded of my own graduation 20 years ago, at Northwestern University. I didn't start there, I finished there. On the graduation day, a beautiful day like this. We're all in our gowns. I go up to the podium to get my leather folder with my diploma in it. And as I get it from the Dean, she leans in close to me and she smiles and the Dean leans into me, shakes my hand, and says "I'm sorry." I have no idea what she means. So I go back to my seat and I open it up. And, instead of having a diploma inside, there's a scrap - a torn scrap of paper - that has scrawled on it, "See me." I kid you not.

Evidently I had an incomplete in an independent study that I had failed to complete. And I did not have enough credits. And, let me tell you, when your whole family shows up and you get to have your picture taken with them - and instead of holding up your diploma, you hold the torn corner of a yellow legal pad - that is a humbling experience."

[via TV Tattle]

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