As many of you know, over the weekend Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took their corresponding acts to D.C., in a joint televised three-hour, commercial break-free Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Washington Mall. Naturally, people are talking about it today, and since we are people too, let's discuss the highs and lows of the event.
Americans watched a lot of TV in 2010, and Fox has bought (another) blue-collar comedy from Curb Your Enthusiasm's J.B. Smoove. Today's news lacks any and all surprises...
The Creative Arts Emmys were held this past Saturday, and though most of the categories are for essential yet unglamorous jobs we don't care to hear about, they are increasingly cramming more and more actually important (to us) categories into the oft-overlooked Schmemmys. By way of PSA, here are the night's awards and winners you probably do care about that you shouldn't be looking for in the real Emmys broadcast this Sunday.
It's a rainy day in New York City, Dave Matthews is playing outside my window on the Today Show, and Oprah is no longer Forbes' "Most Powerful Celebrity." This day just keeps getting worse and worse.
For anyone who didn't watch last night's episode of The Colbert Report (it'll be rerun once more tonight), I wanted to post this clip. Holy shit, Jon Stewart was a baby! And nothing ages a clip like stone-washed jeans and plaid flannel. However, Colbert is right -- Conan hasn't aged in fifteen years. It's a little creepy!
A nation was enthralled last week by the scrap that spanned A Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien (culminating on O'Brien's show, here). And with a dearth of new material as the WGA strike winds down, Late Night has posted some great behind-the-scenes outtakes. I have to say, I loved the brawl; my favourite thing is when Colbert or O'Brien gets to do a field piece and goof off because they're both so hammy. Stewart is always kind of too cool for school, but he did his best with this thing. (Link via EW Popwatch.)
So Stephen Colbert helped drive his fans to raise $59,000 for public schools. Which...I guess is pretty good, if you can promote your efforts on your TV show. But when you compare that to the achievements of certain persons who don't have national cable TV series -- and still outdid Colbert by almost 100% -- then it's not as impressive anymore. But still...good job, Colby. Maybe next time you won't get ignominiously washed out in Buntsy's wake.
Thanks, God! I was hoping you'd been listening to my prayers about Stephen Colbert making a one-hour musical Christmas special featuring the likes of Elvis Costello, Feist, Jon Legend, Willie Nelson and token Jew Jon Stewart! And I'm not even that mad that you insisted on putting that assmongrel Toby Keith on the bill, because I know I'm not the only one in the universe (or at least that's the game we're pretending today). From what I can tell, this little revue you've whipped up, which you wisely decided to call A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, sounds almost identical to A Muppet Family Christmas: Colbert gets snowed in at his cabin upstate and weathers the storm (lit'rally) by singing songs with all his buddies. (Ohhh, and Toby Keith even looks like Miss Piggy! This analogy totally works!)