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Eddie Izzard Says He'll Run For Mayor of London in 2020

British superstar comic Eddie Izzard said today that intends to run for mayor of London in 2020. At the annual party conference for the Labour Party in the UK, Izzard said that he hopes to be the party's candidate in eight years. "Eddie is a man of enormous substance, generosity and conviction," said MP Tessa Jowell, who is expected to run for the job in 2016. "His decision to do this is a vote of confidence in Labour." The position of Mayor of London was only established in 2000, and is currently held by former journalist Boris Johnson, who is himself a colorful figure in British pop culture.

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Stephen Colbert's 'Better Know a District' Hits New Jersey's 12th

Here's the latest installment of Stephen Colbert's long-running segment "Better Know a District," in which he talks to New Jersey congressman/Jeopardy! champ Rush Holt, who manages to be just as baffled and tongue-tied during his interview as your average congressperson.

John Oliver Wants You to Ignore Sarah Palin

Summer Daily Show fill-in host John Oliver proposed a new method of dealing with Sarah Palin on the show last night: ignoring her. Of course, in order to get the entire country to ignore somebody, you have to talk about that person – the opposite of ignoring them – but it's a nice thought nonetheless.

Aasif Mandvi Didn't Want His Picture Taken with Sarah Palin

Longtime Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend and turned down the once-in-a-lifetie opportunity to get his picture taken with Sarah Palin. Mandvi tells Vulture:

Somebody asked me if I would like to get my picture taken with Sarah Palin. She was standing a few feet away. She couldn't hear me, but [this guy] was like, "Do you want to get your picture taken with Sarah?" And I was like, "You know, I don't. I really don't."

Sheesh, what's this guy got against Sarah Palin?

Watch Stephen Colbert Interview Bill Clinton

Stephen Colbert interviewed President Bill Clinton this weekend at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, and their 15-minute-ish conversation aired on The Colbert Report last night. While Colbert has talked to Barack Obama briefly via satellite, Clinton is the first U.S. president to sit down with him for a long interview. Given how well this went, he probably won't be the last. I imagine Colbert's phone is ringing off the hook with calls from both George Bushes right now.

Hit the jump to watch the rest of the Clinton/Colbert chat:

Watch Stephen Colbert's Excellent Profile of a Gay Small Town Mayor

From The Colbert Report Wednesday night, here's the latest in Stephen Colbert's series, "People Who Are Destroying America." This one follows Johnny Cummings, the mayor of Vicco, Kentucky, and it's pretty great.

Watch John Oliver Take the Wind Out of Anthony Weiner's Mayoral Campaign's Sails

Anthony Weiner and his endless scandals are the easiest of targets for late night hosts, but John Oliver and The Daily Show address the issue in a classier and funnier way than the rest.

Stephen Colbert Reacts to His Sister's Congressional Loss

Stephen Colbert's sister Elizabeth Colbert-Busch lost her congressional bid to Mark Sanford in a South Carolina special election Tuesday night. Here's Stephen Colbert talking about the upsetting loss publicly for the first time (albeit in character) on his show last night and turning his back on his home state and politics, in general.

Watch Conan O'Brien's White House Correspondents Dinner Speech

Conan O'Brien hosted the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend, and here's his entire 27-minute speech. It was O'Brien's second time hosting the event, following his first in 1995. Don't worry, fans of Conan's 1995 WHCA speech: this one has just as many George Stephanopoulos zingers.

Check out Barack Obama's comedic speech at the event below:

Watch Stephen Colbert's Speech at His Sister's Congressional Campaign Fundraiser

Here's a rare out-of-character appearance by Stephen Colbert as he introduces his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch at a fundraiser for her South Carolina congressional campaign with a funny speech. I think he's only helping her out so he can butter her up to do a "Better Know a District" segment on The Colbert Report.

Watch John Oliver and Rand Paul Argue About Health Care

Just minutes after criticizing the media for prematurely deeming Republican Senator Rand Paul a 2016 presidential frontrunner on last night's Daily Show, John Oliver had Paul in to the studio for an interview, which is mostly just an argument about health care.

Watch Stephen Colbert Make Eliot Spitzer Uncomfortable

Disgraced ex-New York Governor went on The Colbert Report last night to discuss his bid to be city comptroller, and Stephen Colbert made some cutting jokes and remarks at his expense, probably making him wish he'd never agreed to do the show in the first place. "This ain't Charlie Rose, motherfucker" indeed.

Stephen Colbert's Sister Loses Congressional Bid

Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, announced she was throwing her hat into the ring for a congressional seat in South Carolina back in January. The special election was held yesterday, and Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee, lost to Republican Mark Sanford. Stephen Colbert broke character throughout the election cycle to campaign for and support his sister. "I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her, " he told CNN a couple months ago. "I'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself – not as my character, to help [...]

Watch Jon Stewart Interview Jimmy Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter went on The Daily Show last night for a long chat with Jon Stewart about terrifying health problems in underdeveloped countries and current events. Carter is the second US President to appear on Comedy Central this week, following Bill Clinton's interview with Stephen Colbert Monday night. Here's hoping Comedy Central keeps this presidential streak going by booking George W. Bush as a guest voice on Daniel Tosh's Brickleberry.