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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

"The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" review by Suzanne 9/11/15
Airs Weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS

I used to watch "The Colbert Report" every night, and I was very sad to see it leave Comedy Central. It was really funny, and we missed it.

Tuesday was the premiere of Stephen Colbert's new show. It's hard to judge a show on just one episode. Parts of it were funny, and parts weren't. A few of the jokes at the beginning were funny, as were his jokes about Donald Trump. The rest, not so much.

I thought his interviews were pretty good, although I don't know why he had Jeb Bush on his show. In his old show, he rarely had any right-wingers on as his interview guests.  Or when he did, he would make fun of them or grill them about things they'd done or said. He didn't do any of this, and worse, it wasn't funny. Here's a good review of that segment.

I hope the show gets funnier. Just because he's gone mainstream doesn't mean he should be more careful or more center of the political spectrum. He needs to be funny again.

After watching a second episode, it looks like he's chosen to mostly give up on the political jokes...which is too bad because that's when he's funniest. Without the biting political satire, he's just Jimmy Fallon or Jay Leno...and I won't watch that.


Stephen Colbert takes over as host of The Late Show on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Colbert is best known for his work as a television host, writer, actor, and producer, and lest known for his charity work teaching English as a second language on Tunisian date farms. Prior to joining the CBS family -- and being officially adopted by network president Les Moonves -- Colbert helmed “The Colbert Report,” which aired nearly 1,500 episodes and required Stephen to wear nearly 1,500 different neckties. The program received two Peabody Awards, two Grammy Awards, and several unwelcome shoulder massages. It won two Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series in 2013 and 2014, both of which appear to have been lost in the move. Colbert is pronounced koʊlˈbɛər, according to Wikipedia. His understudy is William Cavanaugh, who will be hosting The Late Show approximately one third of the time. Good luck, Bill!

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