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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 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 [...]