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  • Stephen Colbert: From improv classes at Second City to the cover of Time magazine

    Colbert TimeFrom his earliest days taking improv classes at The Second City in Chicago to his correspondence work on The Daily Show to now taking over for Letterman on The Late Show, it’s been quite the ride for D.C. born Charleston, SC raised Stephen Colbert. He is the youngest of 11 kids so you could see why he might have the perfect pedigree for attention. Colbert attended Northwestern University as a theater major to study performance. He began performing improvisation while in college, both in the campus improv team No Fun Mud Piranhas and at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago as a part of Del Close’s ImprovOlympic at a time when the project was focused on competitive, long-form improvisation, rather than improvisational comedy. He was employed at Second City’s box office answering phones and selling souvenirs which allowed him to take free classes at the theater. Shortly thereafter, he was hired to perform with Second City’s touring company, initially as an understudy for Steve Carell. It was there he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello and Strangers with Candy was born, a show that aired on Comedy Central for 3 seasons. By this time he had already become a corespondent on The Daily Show, at that time hosted by Craig Kilborn. In 2005 he started to host The Colbert Report, a spin-off of The Daily Show, ultimately making him a household name. On April 10 2014, CBS announced that Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, ending The Colbert Report which wrapped up on December 18 of 2014. And now we find ourselves here alongside Colbert about to embark on his biggest career adventure yet, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. His first week‘s guest list has been announced and now it’s just a matter of time. A new era for Colbert, a new era for late night, and a new era for The Late Show. And we couldn’t be happier to continue our ride as we see him eventually become legend in the comedy landscape. Here’s to Colbert. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert kicks off on Tuesday September 8 on CBS with guest George Clooney.

    Sitcom actors dominate Forbes 2015 list of highest paid actors in Hollywood

    The Big Bang Theory

    Forbes just released their annual list of highest-paid TV actors in 2015. The primary takeaway this year is, it’s good to be a sitcom actor these days. More specifically, it’s good to be on The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family because, those guys are killin’ it. Hey Jim Parsons, let me hold a twenty? Read More

    “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” announces first week guests including Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Schumer

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    The list is in. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘s debut week will include some big names in the world of TV, Film, Music, and Comedy. Everything gets underway Tuesday September 8 with George Clooney, Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush and a musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Wednesday sees Scarlett Johansson, SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk join the show with an interview and musical performance by Kendrick Lamar. Thursday will bring Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Toby Keith with Amy Schumer, Stephen King and a musical performance by Troubled Waters closing things out on Friday.

    Watch the first promos for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” discussing pancakes with Mitt Romney

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres Tuesday September 8 on CBS. Here’s a pancake promo with Colbert with a special appearance by Mitt Romney. Read More

    Jon Batiste will be Stephen Colbert’s new Late Show bandleader

    The Stephen Colbert Late Show promo train is up and steaming along. Just one day after The Colbeard clip hit the web, colbert announced who his new late night band leader would be, and that ladies and gentlemen, is Jon Batiste. Read More

    Stephen Colbert and his Colbeard are prepping for the premiere of Late Show

    Stephen Colbert

    It’s been just a few days after Dave Letterman’s retirement from late night television and we’re learning about the show for his successor, Stephen Colbert. Today, Steven Colbert showed up on a freshly launched with a video clip filling you in on what he’s been up to since The Colbert Report went off the air last December. Read More

    Reggie Watts will appear on Comedy Bang! Bang! for the last time this Thursday

    Goodbye Reggie

    This Thursday we all have to say goodbye to Reggie Watts as his time on Comedy Bang! Bang! will come to an end on IFC. As we know by now Reggie is the new band leader on The Late Late Show with James Corden where he’s kicking around on network TV. Read More

    This week in comedy: David Letterman ended his late night tenure

    Letterman GoodbyeThis week, a grand era in comedy ended. David Letterman hosted his final night of late night comedy television this past Wednesday, with many friends there to properly see him out. For instance: try not to get a little choked up while watching Norm MacDonald’s farewell to David Letterman and his late-night show. Patton Oswalt’s salute was also pretty remarkable, and Jimmy Fallon’s tribute did the deed well too. Thank you Dave, for all the years of classic TV laughs and memories.

    Elsewhere in the comedy world this week:

    – Louis C.K. as host of Saturday Night Live this past weekend ensured that the season went out with a bang. Unseen on national television was this cut sketch where he’s accused of stealing jokes.

    – Ed Helms took his role as University of Virginia’s graduation speaker as a chance to throw shade at Rolling Stone.

    – Who better to host a special about comedy music than Paul F. Tompkins? You can catch this excellent match June 19 on IFC.

    7 days in Hell may be a tennis pseudo-documentary, but it’s got real life stars Serena Williams and John McEnroe on board. Read More

    This Week on TV: Letterman’s last show, Jen Kirkman’s special premieres, and here comes Red Nose Day USA


    It’s going to be a bitter-sweet week on television with the end of an era. This week we say goodbye to the Late Show with David Letterman. The show started in August of 1993 on CBS in lieu of Late Night with David Letterman ending on NBC after it was thought Letterman would take over for Johnny Carson on The Tonight show. Late Night, the former of the two shows, premiered in February of 1982 with Bill Murray, who will be appearing on Late Show this Tuesday, as the first guest ever. During David Letterman’s career in late night television, he started his own production company known as Worldwide Pants. His influence not only has host, but with his company has stretched far and wide. Worldwide pants has produced shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, The Late Late Show, Ed, and also the feature film Strangers With Candy. In his capacities as either a writer, producer, performer, or as part of a writing team, Letterman is among the most nominated people in Emmy Award history with 52 nominations, winning two Daytime Emmys and ten Primetime Emmys since 1981. Read More

    Norm MacDonald issued a tearful “I love you” farewell to David Letterman (video)

    Who knew Norm MacDonald was so sensitive? During his final appearance on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Norm performed some stand-up. He then ended his set by stating just how much Dave meant to him. Norm then told a joke he heard Letterman tell when he was 13 that became his favorite joke. Then, while barely being able to fight back the tears, Norm fired off a heartfelt, “I love you.” Read More