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Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 11:07PM EDT
Here are 11 essential Late Night with Conan O'Brien clips in honor of its 25th anniversary
Source: E! Online
Included are The Slipnutz, The FedEx Pope, In the Year 2000 and Amy Poehler as Andy Richter's little sister. ALSO: Stephen Colbert congratulates Conan, says "I will never be as funny as you are."
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Stephen Colbert challenges Alex Trebek to a beard-off
Source: The A.V. Club
“I have not been this angry at a game show host since Bob Barker tried to have me spayed or neutered,” Colbert said on The Late Show in reaction to the Jeopardy! host's new beard.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Stephen Colbert addresses Les Moonves' ouster, jokes about a Louis CK-style comeback
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“Les Moonves is gone,” Colbert joked, “for at least nine months, until he does a set at the Comedy Cellar.” Colbert also said on The Late Show that he found Ronan Farrow's new New Yorker bombshell article on Moonves' alleged sexual misconduct "extremely disturbing." After Colbert's show, fellow CBS late-night host James Corden addressed Moonves' departure, saying: "A late-night host’s job is to come out and make jokes about the news, but sometimes that news isn’t very funny. It’s been a very difficult day here at CBS, but that pales in comparison to how difficult it must be for the many women who are coming forward."
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Stephen Colbert asks if he should keep his vacation beard
The Late Show host polled his fans via Twitter on whether he should keep or shave off his board -- or whether he's actually sporting a beard.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Stephen Colbert recalls his anxiety and Xanax past, defends Jimmy Fallon and explains why Trump's actions haven't surprised him
Source: Rolling Stone
The Late Show host said in an extensive Rolling Stone Q&A that he'd have severe anxiety and panic attacks early in his career, when he was 29. "I was actually medicated. I mean, in the most common, prosaic way," he said. "Xanax was just lovely. Y’know, for a while. And then I realized that the gears were still smoking. I just couldn’t hear them anymore." Colbert said he stopped taking Xanax after nine days and decided to just suffer through his anxiety. Colbert also stuck up for his friend Jimmy Fallon's infamous Donald Trump hair-tousling incident. "I think that’s a completely unfair critique of Jimmy Fallon’s show," he says. "You do not go to Jimmy Fallon’s show for political satire or even political discussion. He’s an entertainer and he’s brilliant. People blame his ratings on that. But I think people just have a different appetite right now for political comedy. I think it’s highly overblown, that hair-ruffling thing." As for Trump being elected president, Colbert said: "I was shocked, and I was dismayed, but I will say this: There is nothing that has happened since Trump became president that wasn’t in my fear matrix about him. Now, all the horrors that you can see dawning on my face on that Showtime special have only been borne out. Nothing about Trump and Putin, nothing about his caging children, nothing about him saying, 'There’s good people on both sides.' Nothing about his handing the reins of power over to just a rogues’ gallery of anti-regulation, pro-pollution, anti-union, anti-women (officials) in any way surprises me. It’s all what I thought would happen. Which is why I was truly horrified."
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Stephen Colbert: We had to take "extraodinary" steps to get a diverse writers' room
Source: The Cut
The Late Show host was "frustrated" with the challenge of making his writing staff diverse, until he realized the process of finding diverse writers was flawed. As he recounted to The New York Times, “It wasn’t until we said, no please, don’t send us anyone but women. Because we would say, you know it’s very important, we want writers of color, we want women, and you would get 150 packets and there would be eight women. And we’re like, ‘God, that’s so frustrating.’ Until I said no, only women, and then I got 87 women.” He added: "We realized we had to take an extraordinary step to get an extraordinary room. And now it’s half, you know, white guys and half either women or writers of color.”
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 8:43AM EDT
Stephen Colbert defends Sean Spicer Emmys bit, says CBS gave no pushback on his Les Moonves comments
Source: The Daily Beast
The Late Show host's visit to Watch What Happens Live went surreal last night when Andy Cohen had an animated talking "Shady Col-Bear!" ask him about the much-criticized Spicer bit. Asked if he regretted it, Colbert said: "Not at all. I had no fear that it would redeem him. I knew that there would be some people that wouldn’t like it, and the funny thing was is that right before I brought him out, I looked around the room and I thought to myself, ‘There’s not one joke that I’ve told tonight to this room full of liberals that was a risk other than the one I’m about to do,’ and it was the joke I most wanted to do.” As for Colbert's remarks on Moonves' sexual harassment scandal, The Late Show host said he spent days preparing his comments, and that his show notified CBS about what he was going to say 30 minutes before taping.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Stephen Colbert issues a "rare correction" after calling an anti-Trump conservative a "Trump ally"
The Late Show host said sorry Thursday to conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg after calling him a "Trump ally" when he's one of the most vocal anti-Trump conservatives. “To many Americans, the label Trump ally is a hurtful slur I’m surprised CBS even allows me to say that on air,” Colbert said. “It’s the sort of divisive hate speech that we are trying to get rid of in our national discourse, like ‘Cuck’ and ‘Papa John.’ So, Mr. Goldberg, please accept this bouquet of regrets.”
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 6:25PM EDT
Why Stephen Colbert's response to the Les Moonves' sexual harassment accusations was "something of a shock"
What The Late Show host did on last night's show was "put the story into the larger context of #MeToo coming up on its first anniversary, what it means to actually support it, and how the deluge of allegations that has made some people suspicious is a natural response to so many years of silence," says Caroline Framke. "He pointed out that the CBS board decided not to suspend Moonves amidst an outside investigation, then cracked jokes about CBS possibly turning the lights off on the show during the commercial break. And maybe most crucially, Colbert made the point that someone like Moonves can be supportive to one person (like him) and potentially abusive to another (like one of the accusers)." She adds: "Colbert’s viewpoint certainly might change as the story itself evolves, as is his right. But for now, acknowledging the story as publicly and bluntly as he did meant acknowledging its significance for him, his workplace, and beyond. For a self-professed company man, that’s no small feat."
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Stephen Colbert on Les Moonves sexual harassment allegations: "Accountability is for everybody"
Source: The Daily Beast
In separate segments on his show Monday night, The Late Show host addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct against his boss, which "stood in sharp relief" from the way his wife and CBS host Julie Chen reacted to the news, said Matt Wilstein. Colbert joked in his monologue that he didn't know why CBS was hiring outside investigators to probe the allegations against Moonves. "They could just use the cast of the new CBS procedural, CSI: CEO,” thie host quipped. After his first commercial break, Colbert's comments turned serious. "I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do believe in accountability, and not just for politicians you disagree with,” Colbert said. “Everybody believes in accountability until it’s their guy, and, make no mistake, Les Moonves is my guy. He hired me to sit in this chair,” he added. “He stood behind this show while we were finding our voice. He gave us the time and the resources to succeed. He has stood by us when people were mad at me, and I like working for him. But accountability is meaningless unless it’s for everybody, whether it’s for the leader of a network or the leader of the free world.”
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 6:20PM EDT
Stephen Colbert had his biggest-ever spring audience
The Late Show's 3.63 million average viewership was up 5% over spring 2017. It also was way ahead of Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show (2.41 million) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2.10 million). Colbert is also getting closer to beating Fallon in the all-important 18-49 demo.
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Stephen Colbert uses "Schoolhouse Rock!" to explain President Trump's "double negative" on Russia
This was the second time this week that a late-night host used kids' programming to mock the president's "woundn't"/"would" explanation for his press conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Jimmy Kimmel used Sesame Street's Grover on Tuesday.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Republican congressman: I'm a diehard Da Ali G Show fan -- and even I got duped by Sacha Baron Cohen
Source: The Daily Beast
"They totally got me...I can't wait to see it," says 36-year-old Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who isn't upset that he is among Cohen's Who Is America? victims. In fact, Gaetz is such a fan of Da Ali G Show that he likes to copy Borat's accent and show clips to his fellow colleagues. “It’s very consistent with his model, beginning with a seemingly normal interaction and then the brilliance of his comedy is that he accelerates the awkwardness of it to some usually ironically humorous end,” he says. ALSO: Here's Stephen Colbert's take on Cohen fooling so many Republicans.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Our Cartoon President returns Sunday with an animated Trump, Putin and a "pee tape"
Source: The Daily Beast
Stephen Colbert's Showtime animated series also has a few jokes about President Trump's U.S. Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh in the Season 2 premiere.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 9:49AM EDT
Liv Tyler helps Stephen Colbert's Lord of the Rings dream come true
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Tyler made her first appearance on Colbert's Late Show last night with a gift for him: the prop sword she used as Arwen. That prompted Colbert to ask if she could "indulge in a fantasy of mine," leading them to reenact the scene by the river between Arwen and Frodo.