"The Colbert Report" 10/17/05 premiere

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  1. ibergu

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    Is it me or is Jon Stewart not funny anymore?

    I tape a 1 hour manual recording of the Daily Show and the Colbert report and I find myself fast-forwarding thru TDS to get to Colbert.

    I think The Colbert Report is one of the funniest shows on TV. I was worried at first, but I get more laugh out loud yuks from his show than most others.
     
  2. Dromomaniac

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    I still like TDS. More than I like TCR. Although, TDS can be hit-or-miss. Sometimes it seems like they're low on material, and the 'feature' stories can sometimes just be lame. I suppose TCR has a higher level of consistency.
     
  3. Dromomaniac

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    So is Late Show with David Letterman, but David Letterman doesn't know how to talk serious. (See Letterman vs. O'Reilly.) I think SC would really have to break character to engage the guest in intellectual dialogue, while it's already part of JS's "character." Either way, I really enjoy both shows.
     
  4. kiljoy

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    You took the words right out of my mouth. That said, he did do a pretty good interview a few days ago (of course, I can't remember who it was) where he didn't interrupt and let it be lighthearted but still got a point across.

    For those skipping the interviews on TDS, I don't get it. Jon is at his best in the interviews. When he had the 50 People Who Are Screwing Up America book guy (Goldberg) he showed what a great interviewer he is. He doesn't do the creampuff book tour stuff if he thinks the guy is full of it. Unless of course it's a liberal guest.

    Tony
     
  5. hefe

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    That's what I was thinking. Colbert is playing a character, Stewart isn't. It's not that I think Colbert couldn't pull it off, it's just not the type of show it is. Not at the moment, anyway. It's a spoof from start to finish. We'll see how things evolve.

    Or should I say, we'll see how things design intelligently...just want to cover all my bases. :D
     
  6. kiljoy

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    Sure, I understand that's what he's doing. There's no question about it. But...

    1) Eventually guests will figure out that the interview will be unpleasant and they won't be able to talk about their book or whatever and they'll stop coming.

    2) While I get that it's satire, the audience always knows what Colbert really means. They know that by lambasting something, let's say Intelligent Design or how great Bush is (a great president or the greatest president?), it's a wink and a nod about how stupid that position is. While that kind of character works well when it's the guest you're lampooning, it doesn't work with someone like the guest the other night who went undercover as a man. To Colbert's credit, he didn't go overboard with the character and the interview went fine. The ones who are obviously going to be lampooned will stop appearing on the show, and then you're left with the ones that he's serious with.

    Don't get me wrong, I like the show. The Word is on average very good, the threatdown is funny, and wag of the finger tip of the hat works. But just as often, he has a segment or bit that just sucks (listening to Bush's State of the Union Address) or feels forced (bring 'em back or leave 'em dead). I understand he'll grow out of that, but the worst of TCR is about twice as bad as the worst of TDS.

    That and he needs to stop tripping over his lines.

    Tony
     
  7. Dromomaniac

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    Yikes, that whole bit - actually that whole show - was a mess.

    Give it some time. I think Colbert will evolve (or design itself, thank you hefe :) ) into a more mature product.

    Either that, or the joke will grow old, and he'll be back at TDS. :D
     
  8. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    He's gotten much better at not flubbing his lines. He'd blow a couple of his lines per day on the first week of the show.
     
  9. JakeyB

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    And that's why I don't watch the interviews. I'm pretty centrist, so I really don't need Jon's left wing view on how his right wing guests are full of it. Nor do I need his fluffing of left wing guests. I catch some interviews occassionally when it's a topic/person I'm interested in, and he isn't a bad interviewer, it's just that he can't get over his own bias when it comes to asking tough questions (IMO).
     
  10. hefe

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    Except for last night...The first reporter segment with the new guy (Jason Jones, or something?) Went over like a lead balloon. Complete silence in the audience. That was the most uncomfortable segment I've ever seen on TDS. Stewart even joked about how bad it was because it couldn't be overlooked. Too bad... it was soon after one of the biggest laughs I ever had from that show. The one where they cut to Hillary Clinton's face and he says something like, "This look on this face is where boners go to die." I think I pulled a muscle laughing.

    (None of that is meant to further the other dicussion, just that after reading your post, I couldn't help thinking of this bit since I had just watched it...)
     
  11. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

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    Just invite Charles Barkley as a guest if you want a barrel of laughs.
     
  12. trainman

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    Sherman...
    Are we using this as a generic "Colbert Report" thread?

    California's 27th, as profiled on "Better Know a District" last night, happens to be my Congressional district. Now I have nothing to look forward to for the next 420-something weeks, unless I move.
     
  13. SparkleMotion

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    Yeah, but maybe Duke Cunningham's district will eventually no longer be dead to him. Better keep watching just to be sure. :)
     

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