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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The comedy-variety-talk show is broadcast five nights a week from the Ed Sullivan theater in New York.
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Series cast summary:
Stephen Colbert ...  Himself - Host / ... 797 episodes, 2015-2019
Jonathan Batiste ...  Himself - Musical Director / ... 795 episodes, 2015-2019
Stay Human ...  Themselves - House Band / ... 795 episodes, 2015-2019
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Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. The comedy-variety-talk show is broadcast five nights a week from the Ed Sullivan theater in New York.

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English

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8 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert See more »

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During the 2016 election, founder of Conservative Economic Studies ( CES ), Charlie Roach, called out Colbert in an interview saying "The act of political satire is often tasteless due to both sides having a different view, however with the right humour and insight it can be pulled off. Look at shows like SNL, which provide illustrious comedy sketches through their impeccable delivery, then look at Stephen Colbert, some braindead, liberal hippie, trying to sound like a Nancy version of Letterman. Satire is limited". In retaliation, SNL ignored his compliment to defend Colbert in a "Charlie Roach Cold Open", where he prepares for his "sacrifice", which is actually just a Democratic Rally held to question his motives. The line "Nancy version of Letterman" is used in the skit to mock Ben Carson. See more »

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Jon Stewart: The old Jon Stewart talked about politics and things like that. Me, I don't... Jeb Bush will be a great nominee. Everything will be fine.
Stephen Colbert: Jon, it's not Jeb. I'm gonna tell you who the candidate is.
Jon Stewart: Before you tell me, though, I'm a little parched. If I may.
Stephen Colbert: Oh, you want to take a little tea in your mouth?
Jon Stewart: Just a little something, just to wet the whistle before you tell me the nominee. So, before you say the name, if you don't mind, I wouldn't mind bringing liquid into my...
Stephen Colbert: Because you ...
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Finding its feet... and still a fine showcase
14 September 2015 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

It ain't perfect--but I remember that even The Colbert Report took a week or two to refine its look/feel. I'm sure Stephen will graciously take thoughtful feedback from the producers and make the few modest tweaks needed to make it work a little better. I'm basically referring to the fact that Stephen still acts a little like it's just _his_ show (like it was with the Report). He'll figure out how to really hand the show over to his guests a little more effectively, and it'll be well nigh perfect.

But enough with the remonstrance. Colbert brings one element of his old show, in tow, which is refreshing and wonderful to see in this environment: Superb writing, lovingly delivered.

The thing Colbert does better than Letterman is the writing. As of the first week, the thing Letterman did better than Colbert is the interviews. I have absolutely no doubt that Colbert will warm up in that latter regard and learn to make those interviews more like forces of nature, the way Letterman did.

One more observation: Colbert has a special way of wedding trenchant observation with good-heartedness. Not to say that Letterman didn't do this, just that I think it's a necessary, "must have" element to these kinds of proceedings, and here's hoping Colbert will continue dishing it up in his own personal style.

Addendum, 2015/9/22 --------------

As I continue watching, I have to add a note about Jon Batiste. I'm reminded of Federico Fellini's encomium to Nino Rota: Yea, verily; Mr. Batiste is an "angel of music". Congrats on getting him, Stephen.


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