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This Week in Comedy: Stephen Colbert to Replace David Letterman

In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:

-CBS quickly announced that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as host of Late Show in 2015. Now that The Colbert Report is set to end in December, we looked at Comedy Central's options for the soon-to-be open 11:30 time slot.

-Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are going to star as sisters in SNL writer Paula Pell's upcoming feature The [...]

'The Daily Show' and 'The Colbert Report' React to the 'Late Show' News

Here's a clip from the beginning of last night's Daily Show, where Stewart plays a vintage Colbert clip then wishes him the best on his new Late Show gig next year: "The exciting news today is I no longer need a cable subscription for the privilege of watching Stephen Colbert." Click through for Colbert's short but sweet opening dedication to Letterman — apparently Colbert doesn't know that the real Colbert is replacing him yet.

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 [...]

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 [...]

It's That Episode: Tom Ruprecht Watches 'S.W.A.T.' and Dishes on J.D. Salinger

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Tom Ruprecht (Late Show with David Letterman) drops by to watch the 1970s action show, S.W.A.T. Tom talks about how cops ain't what they used to be, discusses how posters were cool in the 1970s, and dishes on J.D. Salinger's TV obsessions and his new kindle book This Would Drive Him Crazy: A Phony Oral History of J.D. Salinger.

Download now (MP3), listen on iTunes here, stream the full episode below, or listen on Sirius/XM Radio, Channel [...]

Why We'll Really Miss 'The Colbert Report'

Yesterday's announcement that Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the new host of Late Show came surprisingly fast. Letterman's retirement news came out last week, but considering the wild success of The Colbert Report over the past decade, it makes sense that CBS would want to pounce on the Comedy Central host to lead their flagship late night show into a new era. While Colbert's promotion is undoubtedly deserved, Comedy Central made an announcement yesterday that was pretty damn sobering if you're a diehard Colbert Report fan: "We look forward to the next eight months of the groundbreaking Colbert Report and wish Stephen the very best." At [...]

Comedy Central's Four Main Choices for the 11:30 Timeslot

Today's big news that Stephen Colbert is taking over for David Letterman as host of CBS's Late Show in 2015 is causing the usual domino effect that a late night host jumping shows usually does, but the line of succession for Colbert's soon-to-be-vacated slot at Comedy Central isn't as clear and obvious as NBC and CBS's recent late night changes. The Colbert Report isn't a franchise. In addition to his persona and comedic voice being so thoroughly ingrained into the fabric of the show, his name is also built into the title instead of having the "______ with ______" title format that makes for smooth changeovers for other late [...]

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 [...]

Who Will Replace David Letterman on 'Late Show'?

David Letterman announced his retirement from late night at the taping of tonight's episode of Late Show. Letterman has been one of the most prolific late night hosts of all-time, hosting NBC's Late Night from 1982 to 1993 and CBS's Late Show from 1993 until next year, but who will take over once he retires? As with Late Night, Letterman was the first host of Late Show, and we've assembled a list of 9 people likely to be on the shortlist to become the second host of Late Show.

It should be noted that while this is a great opportunity to diversify late night, we’re not expecting much from CBS. [...]

Watch Louis C.K. on 'Letterman' Last Night

Here's Louis C.K. on Letterman last night to promote his new HBO stand-up hour, Louis C.K.: Oh My God, which premieres a week from Saturday on April 13th. Letterman got down to brass tacks and asked C.K. about an episode of Louie last season that ended with him screaming, "Fuck you, Letterman!" at the Ed Sullivan Theater from the street, and the two managed to work the misunderstanding out.

Rush Limbaugh Sure Is Unhappy That Stephen Colbert Got 'Late Show'

America's racist uncle, Rush Limbaugh, weighed in on the Colbert Late Show news on his show yesterday, and – surprise! – he is none too pleased that a guy who's spent the last few years dismantling everything Rush stands for is getting a bigger stage. Here's his reasoned and hyperbole-free take on it: CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it's just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny, and a redefinition of what is comedy. They're blowing up the [...]

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.

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 [...]

'Late Show with David Letterman's Most Memorable Moments, Year by Year

After NBC chose Jay Leno to become the new host of The Tonight Show, David Letterman launched Late Show with David Letterman on August 30, 1993, changing the late night television landscape forever. On the verge of becoming the longest tenured host in late night history next year, Letterman has proven that his ironic and cantankerous sense of humor could work and be allowed to evolve at the earlier hour. While he continues to believe that he is living in his shadow, he's the contemporary equivalent of what Johnny Carson used to be, the standard and implied influence for all current and fast approaching late night talk show hosts.

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