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Oh yeah, The Colbert Report rocks!
The Colbert Report, the Stephen Colbert spin-off from The Daily Show, started Monday. It was a little rocky at the start, but I think they really hit stride tonight. The bit with Lisa Loeb at the start destroyed me! Just that they got her for that little joke, over the top, completely, fantastic work!

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xinie From: xinie Date: October 21st, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
You thought it was rocky? I loved his interview with Stone Phillips, and their gravitas-off.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: October 21st, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, the first couple of episodes had good bits, but it seemed... jerky, like they hadn't quite found their stride and were trying different things. I think he's settled into the role more and it felt like the last two episodes have flowed better all the way through.

Not that I think it started bad, just a bit uneven.

The gravitas-off was very funny. :-)
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: October 21st, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I haven't watched last night's yet, but so far my jury is still out on the show. I mean, on the one hand, I know Colbert's funny - he was the best correspondent on The Daily Show - and parts of his show are very much so. On the other hand, I suspect The Colbert Report's underlying premise, as they've been presenting it this week, is fundamentally flawed. I just don't think "Stephen has a colossal news anchor ego" has the kind of legs they seem to be expecting it has. Heck, I'm already getting tired of it.

It makes the interview segments kind of stilted and embarrassing (though yes, I agree, the gravitas contest in the first episode was spectacularly funny) - it's clear that his guests, especially Fareed Zakaria, don't really know how to take it or whether it would really be prudent to play along. This happens on The Daily Show too, especially when Stewart's guest is someone who is clearly his Natural Enemy, like Bill O'Reilly, but in Colbert's case the awkwardness is sharper.

Still, it's the show's first week. Maybe they'll tone back the stuff that isn't showing long-term promise. I know it must be tricky to come up with a format that showcases what made him great on The Daily Show without just cloning The Daily Show, and clearly they haven't quite worked out either side of the equation yet.