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David Letterman Gives Stephen Colbert His 'Late Show' Blessing

"Stephen has always been a real friend to me. I'm very excited for him, and I'm flattered that CBS chose him. I also happen to know they wanted another guy with glasses."

- David Letterman gives his Late Show successor Stephen Colbert his blessing in a statement.

Jon Stewart Wants Stephen Colbert to Host 'Late Show'

Speculation over who will take over David Letterman's Late Show is now in full force, and Vulture recently got a chance to ask Jon Stewart for his take on the situation. While Stewart doesn't want the hosting gig for himself — he said "I just don't have that gear, I don't think" — he gushed tons of praise for his fellow Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert: "He is a uniquely talented individual. He's wonderful in Colbert Report, but he's got gears he hasn’t even shown people yet. He would be remarkable." Here's the rest of Stewart's take on why Colbert would be perfect for the job:

"He's done [...]

Watch Kumail Nanjiani and Conan O'Brien Play a Game of "Tweet or Literature"

Here's a clip from Kumail Nanjiani's visit with Conan last night, where he introduces his new short but genius (and also somewhat depressing) game "Tweet or Literature," which Conan passes with flying colors.

Deputy Conan Solves the Case of the Missing Boxcutter Blades

Here's part 2 of Conan O'Brien's recent Texan adventures as a Johnson County deputy. This time around there's a grand criminal mystery waiting for Conan's sleuth skills involving missing boxcutter blades, expired candy bars, and $600k worth of cocaine.

Report: Stephen Colbert Is CBS's Top Choice to Take Over for Letterman, and He Wants to Do It

As you've probably heard, David Letterman announced he's retiring from late night in 2015, and succession talk started the second that was announced. Mashable reports today that Stephen Colbert is CBS's top choice to take over Late Show in 2015 and that he is interested in the job, according to their anonymous sources in both Colbert's camp and at CBS. The report says that Colbert hasn't had any formal negotiations with the network and has no agreement in place but that he had engaged with CBS execs about the job prior to Letterman announcing his retirement. "We’re not commenting on any rumors or speculation about succession," a CBS [...]

CBS Announces Stephen Colbert Will Take Over for Letterman

CBS announced today that Stephen Colbert, longtime host of The Colbert Report, will take over for David Letterman as host of the network's 11:35pm program Late Show in 2015. Letterman announced last week that he will be retiring sometime next year though a transition date has not yet been set. Colbert will become Late Show's second host; Letterman originated the series in 1993. Colbert has signed a five-year agreement to host the show for CBS. "I'm thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me," Colbert said in a statement. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth."

Stephen Colbert's contract with Comedy Central [...]

Samantha Bee Proves that Brighton Beach Is the Next Crimea

On last night's Daily Show, correspondent Samantha Bee paid a visit to the very Russian Brooklyn neighborhood of Brighton Beach, which she's convinced is the next stop on Putin's grand takeover plan. Experts might say the chances of Putin taking over Brighton Beach are on par with an asteroid hitting the planet, but for Bee those odds are good enough to believe in.

Talking to W. Kamau Bell About Standup, 'Totally Biased', and Diversity in Late Night

Long established on the San Francisco comedy scene, W. Kamau Bell was relatively unknown nationally when he began hosting Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell on FX in 2012. But following the internet outrage over the show’s cancellation this past November, Bell and Totally Biased received more critical attention, posthumously praising the show for its unique blend of humor and socio-political commentary.

Now, Bell is full steam ahead with his "Oh Everything!" tour, which will include doing standup at the Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival July 25-28, a comedy cruise put on by Jesse Thorn’s podcast and radio organization Maximum Fun. Before that, he’ll be in [...]

Chelsea Handler and CBS in Talks for Possible Late Night Gig

Last week it was announced that Chelsea Handler is planning to leave E! after her contract expires at the end of the year, and according to The Wrap, the Chelsea Lately host now has her sights set on the coveted Late Show gig. According to the report, while Handler's initial plan was to have a Sirius XM radio show with a taped version available on Netflix, she's also been in in talks with CBS to join their late night lineup for a while now — first on a syndicated show and then for Craig Ferguson's 12:30 am slot. Since Letterman's retirement announcement, however, Handler reportedly wants [...]

The Episode Where David Letterman Rotated the Screen 360°

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Yesterday it was announced that very soon we would be coming to the end of an era. Next year, David Letterman will retire [...]

Tracy Morgan Tells Arsenio Hall About His Crack Dealing Days

On last night's Arsenio, Tracy Morgan looked back on his last job before show business when he worked as a sensitive crack dealer, or as he calls it, "a crack dealer with a heart of gold." He also relived the memories of going fishing with his uncle and the time his aunt helped him look for his Game Boy, which aren't as endearing as they sound.

John Lutz Goes Undercover as a 'Late Night' Intern

Late Night writer John Lutz had a mid-show business meeting with Seth Meyers last night to rat out some trash-talking by the interns, and he came prepared with an undercover video to prove it. The video doesn't exactly confirm Lutz's claims, but at least he gets to wear a cool wig and attempt to ride around the Late Night offices on a scooter.

Kristen Wiig to Play a Grief Counselor with Charles Barkley in 'Late Night's "Second Chance Theater"

The wonderful Kristen Wiig was on last night's Late Night, and after covering topics with Meyers such as her recent dramatic roles and her many SNL wigs, she agreed to return for Meyers's in-the-works "Second Chance Theater" segment for cut SNL characters to play a piano key-sleeved grief counselor character with Charles Barkley. Kristen joins Will Forte, Jason Sudeikis, Andy Samberg, and Taran Killam as the cast members who have signed on to appear in the segment so far.

Letterman Asks Tony Hale for an 'Arrested Development' Movie Update

On Friday, David Letterman tried to fish for an update from Veep's Tony Hale about whether or not an Arrested Development movie is happening in the most straight-talk way possible: "I'm tired of hearing about what a genius Mitch Hurwitz is. I'm just tired of it." Apparently Hale knows as much as the rest of the internet does, which is to say he has no idea but seems more than game to be part of it.