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(The Daily Beast)   The best choice to replace David Letterman on late-night TV? Stephen Colbert: "Colbert is perhaps the greatest comedian of our generation of comics. He can do it all: improv, sketch, stand-up. He can dance, act, and conduct hilarious interviews"   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 66
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2014-04-07 01:51:32 PM
I've heard reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center is considering adding him to their watch list for his recent anti-Asian rhetoric, though. I'm pretty sure that CBS isn't looking to court that kind of controversy.
 
2014-04-07 02:59:54 PM
This won't happen. Colbert's character wouldn't do well on a more straight laced network format. If anything, they should learn the lesson from Politically Incorrect and keep Colbert on basic cable.

What I think will happen is Ferguson gets bumped up to 11:30 and John Oliver takes over the Late Late Show.
 
2014-04-07 03:02:07 PM
I hope they go with Chelsea Handler, just for the hilarity of watching her crash and burn.
 
2014-04-07 03:02:31 PM
To be honest, I hope Colbert stays with the show he has now. It's the perfect format for him, and that kind of magic just won't carry over to the late-nite geezertalk show formula.
 
2014-04-07 03:05:02 PM
Whereas I see taking the job as being sent to the pasture to grow old and die in obscurity.

Who the hell watches late night talk shows anymore?
 
2014-04-07 03:07:16 PM
i do think Colbert has been the wittiest, off the cuff guy on TV for years.   Its a real talent... Its why funny man Chevy Chase failed in late night... he couldn't be funny, impromptu.
 
2014-04-07 03:07:55 PM

Donnchadha: This won't happen. Colbert's character wouldn't do well on a more straight laced network format. If anything, they should learn the lesson from Politically Incorrect and keep Colbert on basic cable.


A rep for Colbert stated he abandon the character that he created for Comedy Central if offered the spot.
 
2014-04-07 03:08:53 PM

Pocket Ninja: I've heard reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center is considering adding him to their watch list for his recent anti-Asian rhetoric, though. I'm pretty sure that CBS isn't looking to court that kind of controversy.


imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-04-07 03:09:12 PM
In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.
 
2014-04-07 03:09:29 PM

Donnchadha: This won't happen. Colbert's character wouldn't do well on a more straight laced network format.


He wouldn't keep the same character, but, Colbert's range and talents would be wasted on a late night talk show anyway.
 
2014-04-07 03:11:27 PM

Donnchadha: This won't happen. Colbert's character wouldn't do well on a more straight laced network format. If anything, they should learn the lesson from Politically Incorrect and keep Colbert on basic cable.

What I think will happen is Ferguson gets bumped up to 11:30 and John Oliver takes over the Late Late Show.


My money is with Ferguson at 11:30 and Tom Lennon at 12:30.
 
2014-04-07 03:11:51 PM

gingerjet: Pocket Ninja: I've heard reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center is considering adding him to their watch list for his recent anti-Asian rhetoric, though. I'm pretty sure that CBS isn't looking to court that kind of controversy.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 500x271]


That's Pocket Ninja.  Pocket Ninja, gingerjet.  Gingerjet, Pocket Ninja.
 
2014-04-07 03:13:12 PM
Why is it such a national crisis that this one television program get a replacement host?
 
2014-04-07 03:13:36 PM
Just what he needs to feed his ego.
 
2014-04-07 03:14:25 PM

Donnchadha: Colbert's character wouldn't do well on a more straight laced network format.


RTFA.
 
2014-04-07 03:24:53 PM

StopLurkListen: Why is it such a national crisis that this one television program get a replacement host?


Because there must be one Colbert-for-Late-Night? thread a day.  Which is pointless because Late Night is gonna get replaced by "Ow! My Balls!"
 
2014-04-07 03:30:47 PM
what makes you think they'll even replace it with another late night talk/interview show?

I'd be kinda surprised if they did.
 
2014-04-07 03:31:50 PM
...which is exactly why I wouldn't want to see him neutered on network television.
 
2014-04-07 03:38:08 PM

worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.


You're not the only one.
 
2014-04-07 03:42:56 PM

gingerjet: Pocket Ninja: I've heard reports that the Southern Poverty Law Center is considering adding him to their watch list for his recent anti-Asian rhetoric, though. I'm pretty sure that CBS isn't looking to court that kind of controversy.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 500x271]


thespeakeasy.net
 
2014-04-07 03:44:29 PM

worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.


Well, at least you're proud of it.
 
2014-04-07 03:44:43 PM

AliceBToklasLives: StopLurkListen: Why is it such a national crisis that this one television program get a replacement host?

Because there must be one Colbert-for-Late-Night? thread a day.  Which is pointless because Late Night is gonna get replaced by "Ow! My Balls!"


Why not combine the two and have Rob Drydek host?

/youth demo and all
//ChanelLaugh.wav
 
2014-04-07 03:48:57 PM
Is that an Onion article?
 
2014-04-07 03:52:08 PM

sinanju: My money is with Ferguson at 11:30 and Tom Lennon

Chris Hardwick at 12:30.

FTFY
 
2014-04-07 03:55:46 PM

worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.


Well, you're certainly entitled to your own sense of humor, if that is what you don't like about them.
 
2014-04-07 03:56:08 PM

BizarreMan: sinanju: My money is with Ferguson at 11:30 and Tom LennonChris Hardwick at 12:30.

FTFY


So, CBS will have a post-"Late Show" discussion show?
 
2014-04-07 03:56:25 PM
My bet is on Conan.  I believe his contract is up in 2015.
 
2014-04-07 03:59:44 PM

AliceBToklasLives: StopLurkListen: Why is it such a national crisis that this one television program get a replacement host?

Because there must be one Colbert-for-Late-Night? thread a day.  Which is pointless because Late Night is gonna get replaced by "Ow! My Balls!"


The hilarious part is that he's made no indications that he's even interested, and yet articles keep mentioning him like he's the guaranteed shoo-in.  Hell, even the article pulls the ol' "pretend we have an answer" when it asks the question "is Colbert interested in the job?" and then literally follows it with "why wouldn't he be?"  I'm betting what happened is some exec said something about his dream casting choice at some party and the rumor just spread from there.  Call me when we have some actual substantive facts, or even a goddamn quote from Colbert on the topic, which has yet to happen.

I take this whole Late Night host speculation much the same as I've taken the speculation over the last two Doctor Who changeovers: a bunch of ideas that sound really good on paper but will almost inevitably have zero relation to the completely unexpected person they pick.

Since this is basically fantasy football picks late night edition at this point, let me just reiterate my vote for NPH: talented, charming, funny, long history with CBS (9 years anyway), plenty of experience in front of live crowds, and as of a few weeks ago looking for a new gig.
 
2014-04-07 04:03:17 PM

Donnchadha: What I think will happen is Ferguson gets bumped up to 11:30 and John Oliver takes over the Late Late Show.


Works for me. I'd certainly watch much more often than I do now- I like Craig, but that's getting pretty late for me, and Letterman is boring to me. I also really love John Oliver, so I'd watch him at least somewhat reguarlly.

But dear Lord, keep Colbert where he is. Stewart/Colbert is the best 1-2 punch ever, and I don't think Colbert is suited to the Late Show. I think he'd really chafe under the corporate bookings (right now, he gets interesting people who often aren't famous- the corporate controlled bookings of the Late Show probably wouldn't allow for that). Sure, it would give him a bigger platform, but a more constrained one too- he wouldn't be able to go nearly as far on some jokes as he does now.

Craig Ferguson would be a better fit. He's used to playing within that format and subverting it while staying within the chains and being pretty funny. As for John Oliver, he deserves a decent platform, and the Late Late Show would be a good one.
 
2014-04-07 04:04:41 PM
Tina Fey should get the job.
 
2014-04-07 04:07:27 PM

downstairs: My bet is on Conan.  I believe his contract is up in 2015.


Yep, when I found that out the gears in my brain started turning too.  The only thing I think might hold him back is that TBS has apparently treated him really really well, and yes that inspires loyalty to a degree, but more than that his previous experience with network TV has been kind of... bad.  I mean not wholly bad, but still kind of crappy.  He may not want to run back to that, at least not without CBS throwing enough money at him that he can make his own Scrooge McDuck money pool.
 
2014-04-07 04:08:44 PM

yukichigai: Since this is basically fantasy football picks late night edition at this point, let me just reiterate my vote for NPH: talented, charming, funny, long history with CBS (9 years anyway), plenty of experience in front of live crowds, and as of a few weeks ago looking for a new gig.


He likes to play live theater a lot, and he couldn't do that with a nightly gig. Episodic TV is a whole different lifestyle- you do a few months of filming, and then you have a few months free for Movies/Broadway/Vacation. NPH would have to pretty much entirely give up the Broadway part of his life with a nightly show, and I don't know if that's something he'd be interested in doing.

I also don't think he has much in the way of a standup or improv background, which are pretty important to the late night gigs, or interviewing skills.
 
2014-04-07 04:15:56 PM
"...He can do it all: improv, sketch, stand-up. He can dance, act, and conduct hilarious interviews"

So, they're looking for the opposite of David Letterman?
 
2014-04-07 04:16:36 PM

cptjeff: yukichigai: Since this is basically fantasy football picks late night edition at this point, let me just reiterate my vote for NPH: talented, charming, funny, long history with CBS (9 years anyway), plenty of experience in front of live crowds, and as of a few weeks ago looking for a new gig.

He likes to play live theater a lot, and he couldn't do that with a nightly gig. Episodic TV is a whole different lifestyle- you do a few months of filming, and then you have a few months free for Movies/Broadway/Vacation. NPH would have to pretty much entirely give up the Broadway part of his life with a nightly show, and I don't know if that's something he'd be interested in doing.

I also don't think he has much in the way of a standup or improv background, which are pretty important to the late night gigs, or interviewing skills.


He's done a few spots on CBS's other live shows, particularly the morning shows, not as a guest but as one of those let's-pretend-I-work-here-for-this-bit kind of deals, and has held up pretty well.  Not sure how amazing his improv skills are, but I can't imagine they're bad.

And yeah, he would have to give up the theater for the most part, which is a big unknown. Would he want to give up a whole variety of packed-full theaters for the same theater for the next 20+ years?  Good question.  Depends on him more than anything. He IS getting up there in years for the theater crowd, but that's really only a career stop for people who aren't highly talented and that's definitely not NPH.

Like I said, more of a fantasy casting choice than anything.  I think he'd be great at the job, is what I'm saying.  Whether he would ever want it, I have no clue.
 
2014-04-07 04:20:25 PM
STILL not gonna happen.

However, it would be in the best interests of the librul media to silence strong conservative voices like Stephen Colbert by having him host a talk show that celebrates godless Hollywood.

Once behind the hosting desk, Colbert would be forced to blacklist other strong conservative voices like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Palin.

If Letterman isn't immediately fired and replaced by Colbert that will be more proof that Hollywood fears strong conservative voices. With less than 3 years from the next presidential election and a mid-term election within the year, where will strong conservative voices be heard? With the librul Hollywood elite in control of the media, how will Umerkins know how bad Fartbongocare is or how good the economy will get once job creators get more tax cuts?

Umerka deserves real fairness and real balance in the media. Libruls have control the media for far too long. It's high time a strong conservative voice like Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. be given an audience deserving of his stature and not that pittance he gets from that backwater cable channel.

After all Viacom already owns Colbert, so all they have to do is transfer him.
 
2014-04-07 04:31:38 PM
I didn't RTFA, but title describes Wayne Brady.
 
2014-04-07 04:35:57 PM

mcmnky: I didn't RTFA, but title describes Wayne Brady.


He had a talk show once...
 
2014-04-07 04:42:32 PM

gfid: worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.

You're not the only one.


This might be the issue: He is a parody of a typical right wing blowhard. Some of the stuff he jokes about are straight jokes, like about Rob Ford for example. There you laugh at the joke or do not depending on the writing of said joke. But for the majority of the time the joke is that his character takes the obviously wrongheaded side of an issue and over-the-top exaggerates his opinion. Here the humour is in the writing and how Colbert sells his characters take on the issue.

The problem is, if your opinions on issues he is lampooning match those of the Colbert character then the joke is thrown off course. "Filibustering makes perfect sense to me and Colbert is saying the same thing. Where's the joke?"

To most people who watch it's, "Filibustering is a farce and Colbert just put a floodlight on why it's so bad, hahaha."

I know, I know, if you have to explain it...   but it's true, though not the only reason Colbert might not work for you.
 
2014-04-07 04:52:34 PM

sinanju: Donnchadha: This won't happen. Colbert's character wouldn't do well on a more straight laced network format. If anything, they should learn the lesson from Politically Incorrect and keep Colbert on basic cable.

What I think will happen is Ferguson gets bumped up to 11:30 and John Oliver takes over the Late Late Show.

My money is with Ferguson at 11:30 and Tom Lennon at 12:30.


Stephen Colbert: 3/1
Craig Ferguson: 7/2
Chelsea Handler: 5/1
Conan O'Brien: 6/1
Jon Stewart: 7/1
Jerry Seinfeld: 9/1
Neil Patrick Harris: 15/1
Louis C.K.: 15/1
Chris Rock: 20/1
Tina Fey: 33/1
Ellen DeGeneres: 33/1
Howard Stern: 40/1
Alec Baldwin: 40/1
Jay Leno: 50/1

From a few days ago, so the odds may have changed.

And I think the reason John Oliver isn't on there is because he starting his own show on HBO this month. Wouldn't be surprised if he has a contract that would interfere with taking over a different show.
 
2014-04-07 05:00:05 PM

worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.


That's okay. Lots of people don't understand humor. I feel bad for you.
 
2014-04-07 05:08:24 PM

worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.


I hear ya. He's no Larry the Cable Guy. Now that guy is a barrel of chuckles.
 
2014-04-07 05:10:32 PM
David Letterman is still alive?
 
2014-04-07 05:23:19 PM
Craig Ferguson makes the most sense, IMHO.
 
2014-04-07 05:27:19 PM

Decillion: gfid: worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.

You're not the only one.

This might be the issue: He is a parody of a typical right wing blowhard. Some of the stuff he jokes about are straight jokes, like about Rob Ford for example. There you laugh at the joke or do not depending on the writing of said joke. But for the majority of the time the joke is that his character takes the obviously wrongheaded side of an issue and over-the-top exaggerates his opinion. Here the humour is in the writing and how Colbert sells his characters take on the issue.

The problem is, if your opinions on issues he is lampooning match those of the Colbert character then the joke is thrown off course. "Filibustering makes perfect sense to me and Colbert is saying the same thing. Where's the joke?"

To most people who watch it's, "Filibustering is a farce and Colbert just put a floodlight on why it's so bad, hahaha."

I know, I know, if you have to explain it...   but it's true, though not the only reason Colbert might not work for you.


I know what his schtick is, I just don't find it very funny either, just depressing, annoying and condescending.
 
2014-04-07 05:35:13 PM
I know everyone absolutely LOVES Craig Ferguson... But....

Could he do a show at an earlier time? Imean -- 85% of his show is dick jokes and innuendo.

hes funny but blue humour gets tired fast...
 
2014-04-07 05:37:22 PM

BizarreMan: sinanju: My money is with Ferguson at 11:30 and Tom Lennon

Chris Hardwick at 12:30.

FTFY


Chris Hardwick with Wheaton as his sidekick.
 
2014-04-07 05:46:29 PM

worlddan: In some people's minds this is treason but I admit that I cannot find either Colbert or Stewart funny. I just don't get them. Colbert is the worst, Stewart occasionally pulls a nice rift but Colbert is simply beyond me. I am absolutely stone-faced watching him.


---
you're not alone
 
2014-04-07 06:12:40 PM
What's all this talk about white people taking over for Letterman? The time has come for an Asian male to host a late-night talkshow.
 
2014-04-07 06:14:07 PM
EVERY TIME COLBERT...does his heavy sarcarsm.....

I want to, say.  That was a skit in SNL 20 years ago.
and some dic*#eads still don't get that it's not funny to base a whole show on it.

Every time He arches is brow, I feel like hitting him with sock full of manure.
 
2014-04-07 06:27:36 PM

StopLurkListen: Why is it such a national crisis that this one television program get a replacement host?


Because everyone is getting bored looking for that plane and we haven't had a suitable white girl go missing in a good time frame. You think it's easy putting on the circus?
 
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