"The Colbert Report" 10/17/05 premiere

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by tony touch, Oct 17, 2005.

  1. Mike Farrington

    Mike Farrington Lost Member

    Nov 16, 2000
    That's because, as somone else already mentioned..... "It's French. *****."


    That's from a few years back when the whole 'Colbert Repoŕt' show was just a joke. They've had one or two fake commercials they would pull out every once in a while when the show ran short. You know, like those "Jon Magazene' fake ads. The announcer would say the title in a booming voice (with the french accent on 'report'), and then Stephen would rip off his glasses in an overly self-important way and proclaim "It's French. *****."

    I'm pretty sure the fake title used to have an accent mark too. I looks like they dropped that, but I'm glad they kept the pronunciation.

  2. Magister

    Magister Fat, Dumb and Happy

    Oct 17, 2004
    Columbia, SC
    I thought it was pretty damned funny. Except for the anti-2a rant, it was a great show.
  3. mrpantstm

    mrpantstm Well aren't you

    Jan 25, 2005
    I enjoyed it. especially the Top 5 Terror list with the comments on the side. great stuff.

    kind of reminded me of The Showbiz show with David Spade. That kind of open studio with only Colbert to keep things going. I think The Colbert Report will probably stick around longer than The Showbiz Show though ;)
  4. FourFourSeven

    FourFourSeven New Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    It was okay. The Stone Phillips stuff was funny, but they won't be able to have Stone Phillips as their guest every night. The rant in the beginning went a bit too long.

    I'd prefer to see the Daily Show turned into an hour-long show, with a 15 minute "Colbert Report" segment in it. I think it could be amusing for 15 minutes a day, but a 30 minute show seemed to be stretching it.
  5. porges

    porges Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    My problem is that I don't want to devote 4 hours a week to late night TV; that's pretty much why I stopped watching Letterman. As it is, I often skip the interview segment of The Daily Show.

    By the way, this week both TDS and Colbert have real guide info. Itwould be nice if this meant that the appearance of the new show will make CC turn over a new leaf, but I'm not betting on it.
  6. canyonero!

    canyonero! Weak. Powerful Weak

    Apr 24, 2002
    Minneapolis, MN
    I honestly don't believe TDS would be nearly as good if it ran for an hour everyday. The current 2 segments + guest is perfect. They don't stretch themselves too thin, and it shows.
  7. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    Holy self-congratulatory programming, Batman!

    I thought the initial episode was pretty funny but I see a lot of problems for the future. First, I don't see how they're going to keep getting guests if it's just going to be SC making fun of them for 10 minutes. Sure, it's funny and they'll get some guests, but most people who agree to go on talk shows have ulterior motives (i.e. they're plugging something) and if they don't have that opportunity here, it will be difficult to get them. Second, all of jokes relating to his pompousness were funny in this episode, and may continue to be for a short time, but it will get old. The studio is set up to take advantage of that joke, with all the different instances of his name plastered everywhere and him standing in front of the painting of himself standing in front of a painting of himself. Like I said, it's funny now, but it won't be the 22nd time you see it.

    I hope this show succeeds. I like Colbert and think he's got a lot of talent. But the pompous ass character can only get laughs on that same joke for a limited time. Hopefully they branch out and put some useful info into the show. The reason TDS is so successful (besides the fact that it's hilarious) is that it gives actual news and many people watch it with the feeling that they are at least getting some exposure to current events. If the CR stays as it was in the first ep, it will be difficult for people to tune in very often for just a 30 min. comedy show that doesn't really provide anything to the viewer.
  8. FourFourSeven

    FourFourSeven New Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    I agree that an hour would be too long. But I do find myself wanting more, and another 10-15 minutes of TDS followed by 15-20 minutes of Colbert would be pretty nice.
  9. BrettStah

    BrettStah Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Nov 12, 2000
    San Antonio
    I bet that the "Colbert Report" is only about 22 minutes long anyway most nights, excluding commercials, so it sounds like it's in the ballpark.
  10. Mike Farrington

    Mike Farrington Lost Member

    Nov 16, 2000
    I wouldn't mind if they extended TDS by 5 minutes. Make it a 35 minute show. All the other late night shows start at 11:35, so this wouldn't interfere with them.

    Of course, it makes repeating the show 4 times per day problematic. But they could just trim it down or something.
  11. trainman

    trainman Nice to see you

    Jan 29, 2001
    Just fill out to the end of the next half-hour with pieces of stand-up comedy routines. That's what they did back in the olden days when they were repeating "Mystery Science Theater 3000" weekdays at midnight -- the early-season "MST3K" episodes ran a few minutes longer than later ones, so sometimes the shows wouldn't end until past 2:05. (If TiVo had existed back then, I'm sure there would have been some serious Season Pass padding. :D )
  12. Jeeters

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    I was only mildly amused during the beginning, and during Stone (er, "Mr Phillips") interview. But when they did that gravitas showdown, I kept busting out laughing. Very well done, that bit was.
  13. 4inziksych

    4inziksych New Member

    Feb 28, 2003
    I laughed all the way through.

    I didn't think I would like it that much becuase although I love the Daily Show news recaps (I must be the only person in the whole world who feels like this) but I get really bored with the same old Daily Show mock interviews, it's like the same stupid joke over and over. It seems like he's at least getting out of that.

    What was that line, somethink like "You get it! You've been it getting for years now!"
  14. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    I finally watched this. It's a nearly pitch-perfect mocking of Bill O'Reilly: the self-aggrandizement, the arrogance, the jingoism disguised as patriotism, the utter disdain for facts.

    The only thing missing was a harrased female intern and a sodomized falafel, but I guess they have to save something for the second show.

    A (probably) unintentionally funny moment was when SC was having his "ad-lib banter" with the "producer" guy and you could see what he was going to say before he said it on the teleprompter just over the producer's shoulder. The prompter even had stage direction for the producer character, something like "SHRUGS UNCOMFORTABLY". Too funny....

    Great show, but I wonder how they'll be able to keep it up for 4 nights a week.
  15. jgerry

    jgerry save vinyl

    Aug 29, 2001
    I seem to recall that TDS was also pretty sucky right after Jon Stewart took over. It took him about a year before he really settled in. I think it's safe to say the show is much better now than it was 6 years ago. I can hardly even remember the Craig Kilborn years.

    I laughed the whole way through the show, and Tuesday's show was just as funny. I do think you have to like the Colbert brand of over-the-top humor.

    I like it, I'm keeping my SP.
  16. Mike Farrington

    Mike Farrington Lost Member

    Nov 16, 2000
    I don't think it was unintentional at all. Just very subtle. Especially funny since it's a pretaped show.
  17. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    This one is on the cusp of my SP right now. I really don't have time to watch it and it is just not funny to me. I think I like the Daily Show because it is the best journalism on TV. (I hope nobody from the UK is reading this because I am ashamed of that fact but then again BBC was pretty sucky also when I was in the UK this summer.)
  18. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

    Dec 5, 2000
    CO via Chi-town
    I hope you mean comedy. I am sympathetic with a lot of their points, but you have to acknowledge that it isn't journalism.

    Colbert is hilarious. My favorite parts of the Daily Show have been his pieces. And going back to when Steve Carell was on there, the Even Steven segments were great. I don't know if he can sustain 30 minutes every night, but I'll keep watching to see.

    I would rather have one show that crams in the best of both of these shows in 30 minutes. But I think Comedy Central needed to give Colbert something of his own to keep him. Just my suspicion that he was getting antsy at being a 2nd banana.
  19. busyba

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    True, yet while shooting for comedy they manage to fall bass-ackwards into something that comes way closer to journalism than a lot of journalists these days manage to achieve.

    And more's the pity.
  20. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Why didn't they just make TDS an hour?

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