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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by tony touch, Oct 17, 2005.
because Jon Stewart needs to get back to his hookers and booze
And killing hobos.
And his job night-managing a Bennigan's. He's a busy guy!
I have seen journalistic things on the Daily Show. They are not doing actual going out and getting the story but sometimes they show past statements by government officials that they have just denied. Journalism by video clip is not ideal but it is a form of journalism.
I loved their Iraq special they did years ago with Bush saying that he promised a humble foreign policy. That is a form of journalism.
Unfortunatly...I doubt it will be in the next few months. He is really funny, even though some bits are little tardo for my taste. Overall I would suggest the Three Green Thumbs for this show. It makes the next day better to see Colbert do the thing he does so well (play a dumbass).
I wish this show well. We need more comedy in our overly serious world.
I've really liked this so far. The only complaint I would have is it seems as when there is a non-politically involved guest on to promote something, there doesn't really seem to be an idea of how to interview them. Colbert has pretty much stayed in character during the interviews, which I like, but with some random actor on I'm not sure that will really work well long term.
I think the show is improving as it goes along. The interview with the guy who wrote the relationship book was excellent, especially when they "took some phone calls." Of course, part of the reason it worked was that the guest played the straight man to Colbert's character, much like Stewart does on TDS.
And Thursday's recorded interview with Barney Frank was pretty funny...
I still think the show would probably work better as a long segment in an extended Daily Show, but can understand why they wouldn't extend TDS when it works so well as it is.
He's been fumbling his words a bit, but he'll get the hand of it. He plays more of a role than Stewart does. He has transposed words a few times, and has messed up the tense quite a few times. As he gets more comfortable, I think those kinda things will happen less and less.
The show gets a fairly negative review from USA Today:
I'm just bumping this thread to note that I am still quite amused by the Colbert Report. I was initially concerned that the joke couldn't last very long, but I'm still really digging it.
And BTW...it's almost spring, so watch out for bears...
He's been nothing short of consistently damn funny, IMO. It's gotta be tough to maintain an A to A- average, but they've managed so far!
I'm surprised at how quick witted he actually is diring interviews. I figured that persona took a lot of preparation and they probably had most everything planned, but I think he has ad libbed remarkably well during those conversations.
It has stayed good simply because Mr. Colbert is just so outstanding at the "role" he's playing. Craig Kilborn also played it smarmy, but you got the feeling with Kilborn that that was actually just him, while with Colbert you know it's a well-oiled act. Plus the Word segment is consistently an amazingly clever, well-written segment - my hats off to whoever's responsible for writing that, whether it's Colbert or his staff.
The only thing I find a little disconcerting sometimes are the interviews. Two things really. The first is minor, but the whole "look at me, I'm running around high-fiving the audience to put the focus on me even though I just introduced a so-called guest" thing is tired now. I realize he's spoofing the egos and hubris of the people that host political talk shows, and it was funny for a while, but I get it already.
Which leads me to the second item - there are times when I wish Colbert would just conduct an intelligent interview instead of the smarmfest they sometimes are. I'm amazed at the high quality of guests (especially political guests) he gets, given they know they're just going to get "nailed" during the interview. I have enough confidence in Colbert's acumen to know he could do a bang-up job doing an intelligent interview that could really reveal some insights about the people he interviews and their viewpoints.
I don't really disagree with anything you say there, but I would say that it is a Comedy Central show, after all. While it uses news as its springboard, it's mission is to get laughs. I don't really have any problem with it skewing towards comedy instead of news.
I do think he could get more serious discussion out of the guests, I wouldn't even mind seeing it, but I'm fine with erring on the side of funny.
I find that by skipping the interviews on both TDS and TCR I get 30 minutes of hilarious comedy each and every night. Sometimes, if the guest is intriguing enough I will watch them.
I loved the Word when he went into the audience. Ended up right back to "Abort" or abortion, where he originally started
I agree, it's a little awkward. And sometimes, I get the impression the guest has no idea what he's doing. Probably not the case, but if it were, it could make for a very awkward start to the interview.
This is a comedy show, but I like how Colbert can often make an astute, witty point using comedy. He does seem to be very sharp, even when working off the script.
I actually think the show has improved a bit since it premiered.
Well, then, I won't really disagree with anything you say there either!
I'm not saying he should check his wit and funny bone at the door when he crosses over to the interview area. Naturally the focus should be comedy ... but if he can get something interesting that happens to be a serious answer, well, I like that too, and I've seen him come dangerously close to getting some extraordinarily interesting stuff out of guests before cutting their answers off with a zinger or asking another quick question in order to "keep the show moving."
His "persona" allows him to ask some wild but insightful and interesting questions that a "regular" interviewer can't get away with. And partly because the guest wants to be part of the fun, and partly because Colbert's style is disarming, often the guest will actually answer his questions. If he lets them.
I do that too. And I sandwich them around Jeopardy (which takes about 12 minutes).
So is the Daily Show, but John Stewart knows when to talk serious.