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'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' Will Air Live Episodes on Election Night

Election Day is right around the corner, and Comedy Central announced today that they'll be celebrating with live episodes of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Both episodes will air during their usual time slots and have equally amazing names for their special election coverage — The Daily Show with Jon Stewart's "Democalypse 2014: America Remembers It Forgot to Vote" and The Colbert Report's "Midterms '014: Detour to Gridlock: An Exciting Thing That I Am Totally Interested In– Wait! Don't Change the Channel. Look at This Video of a Duckling Following a Cat Dressed Like a Shark Riding a Roomba! '014!" Chairman of the Republican National Committee [...]

Jon Stewart Celebrates 15 Years of Mocking CNN on 'The Daily Show'

Last week, Jon Stewart announced his fake Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN, but guest and CNN's own Fareed Zakaria insisted that The Daily Show doesn't have what it takes to run the 24-hour news network. Thankfully Stewart took some time to prove Zakaria wrong last night by playing tons of old Daily Show clips showing all the great suggestions he's offered CNN over the years, and he even made a website LetsBuyCNN.com so all his Kickstarter backers can have a say in the network's future.

'Colbert Report' Fans Know More About Campaign Financing Than Regular News Viewers

When The Colbert Report ends its run on Comedy Central this December, the late night news world will not only be losing one of its most hilarious characters, but it'll also be losing television's most effective educator of politics and campaign finance. According to Deadline, a new study has found that viewers of Colbert's super PAC coverage during the last presidential election season "were better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of actual news channels and other, actual-news shows."

Dubbed Stephen Colbert's Civics Lesson, the study was conducted through phone interview data from 1,232 adults ages 18+ between December [...]

Carson, Letterman, and Stewart: Three Early Failures and the Lessons Learned From Them

In 1995 David Letterman was the king of late night. Johnny Carson had retired three years earlier, and while Jay Leno had higher ratings, Letterman won the Emmys and the respect of critics and viewers. Wearing a blazer and holding a lit cigar, Letterman sat next to Jon Stewart on the final episode of his cancelled MTV program: The Jon Stewart Show. They discussed Letterman’s career, Stewart’s future, and cancellation. Letterman told Stewart, “Cancellation should not be confused with failure.”

In the last 50 years, three of the most popular talk show hosts have had shows that were cancelled before they hit their stride. Carson, Letterman, and Stewart were given [...]

Spike TV to Air a Tribute to Don Rickles, Featuring Letterman, Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, and More

Spike TV announced today that they're making a big star-studded tribute special to Don Rickles that will air on the cable network next month. Called One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles, the 90-minute special will be shot at NYC's Apollo Theater on May 6th and air on Spike on Wednesday, May 29th, at 9pm. David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, John Stamos, Bob Newhart, Regis Philbin, Ray Romano, and Brad Garrett are all set to perform and pay tribute to Rickles at the event, with not a single female on the bill for some reason. Spike [...]

NBC Really Wanted Jon Stewart to Host 'Meet the Press'

Jon Stewart has been hosting The Daily Show for nearly 20 years, but according to New York magazine, the Comedy Central host was aggressively courted to be the next Meet the Press host by NBC. While Chuck Todd has been the Sunday news show anchor for the last month, three "senior television sources with knowledge of the talks" told NYMag that NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart to take over the show first:

One source explained that NBC was prepared to offer Stewart virtually “anything" to bring him over. "They were ready to back the Brinks truck up," the source said. A spokesperson for [...]

Jon Stewart Said Goodbye to the Longest Tenured 'Daily Show' Writer Ever Last Night

Daily Show writer JR Havlan has been a writer on the show since the very beginning. Not just the beginning of the Jon Stewart era, but a writer since the very first episode of the show, when it was hosted by Craig Kilborn. And after over 18 years on the job, yesterday was his last day. Because he's been a part of the show since its inception, Jon dedicated the Moment of Zen to him last night, showing a clip from the earliest days of the show that featured Havlan. It's not clear what he's doing next — he's also the host of The Writers Bloc podcast[...]

Watch David Letterman, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, and More Pay Tribute to Don Rickles

Last night, Spike TV aired a tribute special to ultimate bro's bro Don Rickles. It was a veritable who's who of big name comedians and also, Johnny Depp for some reason. Above, check out David Letterman's speech about moving to LA in his late 20s and meeting Rickles. The special also featured a super funny performance from Amy Poehler and Tina Fey that we posted when it was released as a preview last week.

Check out a collection of Rickles tributes from the special below, including ones from Jon Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld:

John Oliver Makes a Surprise 'Daily Show' Appearance

Not to be outdone by Stephen Colbert's recent Daily Show appearance, former correspondent and new HBO show host John Oliver paid a visit to his old boss last night in the middle of a very stereotypical British news segment for some tea, catching up, and discussion about just how little HBO cares about what he says on the new show.

White House Press Secretary Says Jon Stewart Was Obama's Toughest Interview in 2012

Barack Obama's press secretary Jay Carney told students at Georgetown that Jon Stewart was actually the president's "most substantive, challenging interview" in 2012, instead of, you know, any interviews with real journalists. Here's what Carney said (via The Wrap):

I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about 'Well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others?' And the answer was yes, again, because young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows.

But also, I think if you look back at 2012 and the series [...]

The Trailer for Jon Stewart's Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Is Here

While John Oliver was hosting The Daily Show last summer, Jon Stewart was hard at work on his first movie Rosewater based on the book Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari. The first trailer was released today, and the film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Golshifteh Farahani, Kim Bodnia, Nasser Faris, Haluk Bilginer, Jason Jones, and Dimitri Leonidas and is set for a limited release on November 7th.

Key Piece of Technology Makes Clip-Finding Easy for 'Daily Show,' 'Colbert,' 'The Soup,' and More

The Wrap has a piece out today on SnapStream, the television recording service that makes searching through thousands of clips for The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight, and The Soup possible. Using closed captioning, SnapStream allows users to record hours of television and search for news stories through key words and phrases. From The Wrap:

Here's how it works: A TV show, network, or campaign buys SnapStream servers and connects them to a TV feed. Clients can record whatever they want, strip out the closed captions and program guide information, and organize their finds into a library.

The Daily Show and Colbert have only been [...]

Jerry Seinfeld Sets Coffee Dates with Aziz Ansari, Jon Stewart, Robert Klein, George Wallace, and Sarah Jessica Parker

THR has revealed the guest lineup of the upcoming fourth season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which will feature an odd mix of comedy guests Jon Stewart, Aziz Ansari, Robert Klein, George Wallace, and Sarah Jessica Parker — the third woman to be featured on the series so far after Sarah Silverman and Tina Fey. This is just one batch out of the web series' recent whopping six-season renewal, and the latest season is set to premiere June 19th on Crackle. Click through for a quick preview of the season with Seinfeld and George Wallace yelling at people in a restaurant.

Stephen Colbert Gives Himself the 'Daily Show' Tribute He Deserves

On last night's Daily Show, Stephen Colbert made a surprise appearance to not only tell Jon that he was ending his show ("It's become clear to me that I've won television"), but to show the audience a highlight reel of all his best moments as a Daily Show correspondent since he never got one when he originally left to do The Colbert Report.