No More Colbert

Alex Huibsch, Staff Writer

Stephen Colbert—the man, the myth, the legend; will drop his contentious title as the popular political satirist with the stereotypical American persona in order to pursue a new chapter of his life on CBS’ The Late Show. David Letterman, the previous and longtime host of The Late Show, is scheduled to step down sometime in May. After a 32-year career, Letterman has strongly cemented himself as one of the most successful late night show hosts in history. However, despite his grand experience, Letterman welcomed Colbert with open arms. “Stephen has always been a real friend to me,” Letterman said in a statement. “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.”

Like Letterman, Colbert has also had many great successes in his career as a political satirist. Colbert, like many of his counterparts, started doing stand-up comedy in the early nineties. By 1997, Colbert began appearing in episodes of Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. In 2005, Colbert graduated to his own spinoff of The Daily Show, which paved way for his greatest successes and immense notoriety. In his show, The Colbert Report, Colbert established his own comical style, which yielded a unique distinction from other political-comedy shows. This different comedy style consisted of Colbert’s “stereotypical American” persona, in which he took on a comical over-the-top identity that portrayed many popular Right-Wing Republican talk show hosts, while also generating strong progressive arguments, which were all of course glazed with Colbert’s satirist-styled jokes and comedy. When Colbert was asked why he was ending his critically acclaimed series, he responded, “I thought topical stuff had an ephemeral quality—it would be meaningless in a week. I wanted my character to be eternal.” That’s right, Colbert was surprisingly worried his character wouldn’t sustain and as a result, Larry Wilmore and the “Nightly Show” will replace Colbert’s time slot on Comedy Central on January 19. However, Mr. Colbert should not have any worries, as he is welcomed with open arms by David Letterman, his precursor, to take the torch on The Show.