The Daily Show vs. Stephen Colbert

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Peter000, May 7, 2008.

Daily Show or Colbert?

  1. John Stewart!

    58 vote(s)
  2. Stephen Colbert!

    31 vote(s)
  3. I like both, and can't decide!

    41 vote(s)
  4. What now? I don't watch either of these.

    10 vote(s)
  1. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002


    I used to find (and do in other places) Lou hilariously funny, and then when he came back from time off of the Daily Show, he was seriously toned down. A friend mentioned he no longer wrote his sketch solo, and was working with TDS writers, I've always wondered if the two were connected.

  2. slaponte

    slaponte The Iron Monkey

    Apr 6, 2005
    Miami, FL
    I like them both, but Colbert goes too far into "silly" for me. I like political satire, etc, but when Colbert goes off to dance against Rain, or things like that, is more of a "dumb and dummer" funny that I just don't care for.
  3. DeDondeEs

    DeDondeEs Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Feb 20, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    I like to watch the 15 minutes or so of both. I like the comedy they do, but I don't like their interviews. Not because they are bad interviewers but because most of the people being interviewed don't seem to realize it is a comedy show.
  4. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    BEARS! Bears! be cautious of the bears!

    ;) I like both shows. I only watch them occasionally, because of the stupid bad guide data for my tivo.
  5. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002


    McCain realized it was a comedy show last night. I thought he was pretty funny.
  6. SoBelle0

    SoBelle0 Go Big Blue!!

    Jun 25, 2002
    Decatur, GA
    I like both shows very much - but find myself watching TDS daily (as it should be)... and Colbert only now and again, or for the first 15 or so minutes... really, it's a matter of time, they're both fantastic!

    So, I voted for Jon.

    I also agree, that it's a tough comparison in that Colbert is always in character - and that part just kills me!! :D It's funny stuff, made hysterical, because of the character... I don't know why, but each time I watch I seem to have that moment of just killing myself laughing at the play on host as character as host... Hilarious!
  7. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

    Feb 22, 2002
    I like them both but I find the Daily Show to be more solid. Colbert is hit-or-miss: his funniest moments are often funnier, but there's a lot of almost-but-not-quite moments you have to get through to get to them, since he uses more gimmicky stuff.
  8. dcheesi

    dcheesi ...I'm not.

    Apr 6, 2001
    MD, USA
    +1 Although Jon's interviews are more often tolerable than Colbert's for me. But then I've never been totally comfortable with the "fake interview" schtick, and Colbert's interviews always have a hint of that as a consequence of the character he's playing.
  9. Robin

    Robin Impolite arrogant woman

    Dec 6, 2001
    I love TDS and watch TCR occasionally.

    The interviews where the interviewee doesn't seem to realize it's a comedy show are the best! It makes you squirm just like watching The Office. Don't they -know- what these shows are?! Read Newsweek? Watch a sample episode first?

    While I prefer Stewart's show I am utterly impressed by Colbert's ability to (usually) stay in character. I can't imagining improving in character!

    ETA: my husband just sent me this article on the show:
  10. Neenahboy

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier

    Apr 7, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Dwight Schrute. :D
  11. Peter000

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    I'm quite certain the interviewees on Colbert are coached beforehand to "play it straight" as much as possible.

    I really like both, but Stewart I can watch anytime. For Colbert I have to be in the right mood, and often when I watch I'll watch 3-4 eps in a row.
  12. Michelle5150

    Michelle5150 Still in Beta

    Nov 16, 2004
    When he said that, I turned to Scott and said "I bet he has no idea who that is."

    But I still enjoy John McCain on TDS. He and Jon have a good dynamic.
  13. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
    Colbert rules! ( my word for the day )
  14. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

    Aug 11, 2002
    Sebastopol, CA
    Samatha Bee has been pregnant forever!!!! Anyone know when the baby is due?
  15. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title TCF Club

    May 15, 2001
    I was actually thinking about posting this question myself. If I were to compare hosts, I'd vote for Stewart. Jon is consistently funny, and, quite frankly, I get the bulk of my news from either the radio, or from his segments of the Daily Show.

    But when looking at the shows as a whole, Colbert easily wins out for me. As someone else mentioned, I don't think TDS has any funny "coorespondents" anymore. As soon as Jon finishes his headlines, I tend to find myself fast forwarding through the rest of the show. Colbert has the benefit of it just being him, and since he carries the show well, the entire show is more enjoyable.
  16. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Yet another place where it's just what one likes.

    I think that what you call silly *totally* ads to the show. If it were *just* his political stuff all the time, it would probably get slightly tiresome. But the weird things like BEARS and such make it funnier.
  17. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Does that mean that you don't record them because you don't want zillions of reruns?

    Then either (1) set up manual recordings, or (2) if you have a series 2 or later, use the cool new-ish wishlist features to record episodes *except* ones that feature the generic description. (I typically record them on my non-Tivo recorder & watch it, or at least the
    interviews, at 1.5x with sound..)
  18. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Colbert has said that he tells people that (paraphrase, almost a quote) "he plays a moron". That is, the interviewees supposedly know that he's playing a character.
  19. osterber

    osterber Active Member

    Feb 13, 2001
    Watertown, MA
    I generally prefer The Daily Show.... however, what I must say, tonight's show (5/08) on Colbert... the interview from the International Space Station.... pretty frickin' cool.

  20. Roadblock

    Roadblock New Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Both are hilarious.

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