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15 real things the fake 'Stephen Colbert' has done

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It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to The Colbert Report this Thursday—mostly because it’ll mean saying goodbye to “Stephen Colbert,” the ruthlessly ignorant, hilariously pompous, utterly indelible faux conservative pundit that the real Stephen Colbert has been playing on late-night TV for over a decade (if you count the Daily Show years). “Colbert” isn’t a great creation just because of all the jokes he’s told and the absurdities he’s exposed via satire—he’s also a character for the ages because of the many ways he’s had an impact on the real world.

What kind of impact? Start with these 15 actual things accomplished by a fake man—and know that they’re just the tip of the iceberg. READ FULL STORY

Obama takes over 'The Word' segment on 'Colbert Report'

Both President Barack Obama and Stephen Colbert’s tenures are winding down—Colbert’s more quickly than Obama’s. And on last night’s Colbert Report, it looked like Obama might be testing out a new gig.

A day after Colbert hosted The Kennedy Center Honors, Colbert took his show to D.C., specifically George Washington University, where he had the president as his guest, and his, well, cohost.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Hillary Clinton's surprise appearance on 'Colbert'

On The Colbert Report Tuesday, Stephen Colbert revealed that he’s midway through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s much-talked-about memoir, Hard Choices. He had some complaints. First: “This is book is 656 pages of shameless name dropping.” (Hillary Clinton meets with everyone from Aung San Suu Kyi to Bono.) Secondly: “There is no way on earth one woman can be in so many places at once.”

Guess who showed up next.

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Stephen Colbert unveils his new project: 'TheSarahPalinChannel.com'

What is Sarah Palin’s latest endeavor, exactly? Well, “it’s a safe space where like-minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone whose opinion they already know”—at least, according to Palin superfan Stephen Colbert, who devoted a good chunk of Tuesday’s Report to dissecting the new news network.

In fact, Colbert went on, Palin’s entrepreneurship has inspired him to start his very own vanity online channel: “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber,” which costs just $9.94 a month (vs. the members-only Palin Channel’s $9.95) and addresses only the most important issues of the day, and of the night (such as “where did the sun go?”). The best part, though, is the Angry Echo Chamber’s URL: TheSarahPalinChannel.com.

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Stephen Colbert is not happy with the new 'Star Wars' movie

Yes, already. And no, he is absolutely not overreacting.

See, Colbert — the character, at least — has been a huge fan of Star Wars since he was 13, when “Princess Leia’s firm, high buns stirred something in [him].” So naturally, Colbert was overjoyed to learn about the franchise’s next trilogy, especially when he learned that his pal J.J. Abrams would be directing.

Why, then, is Colbert complaining about Episode VII, which hasn’t even started shooting yet? Simple: Tuesday’s first table read photo, which pictured original trilogy stars mingling with new cast members like Adam Driver and Andy Serkis.

“Everything is wrong!” gripes Colbert in the following video. “Where’s the creature design? Every single character is humanoid, with two arms and two legs? And those love seats are clearly not canon!”

We feel your pain, Stephen — since when is there no color in a galaxy far, far away?! What a travesty!

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Stephen Colbert on taking over for Letterman: 'Those are some huge shoes to fill -- and some really big pants'

“One thing before we get started,” Stephen Colbert said at the beginning of Thursday’s Colbert Report. “There was some big news last week that slipped through my news-crack. It concerned someone I’ve admired for years, and yet, surprisingly, is not me.”

Colbert was speaking, of course, about David Letterman — who revealed on April 3 that he’s leaving CBS’s Late Show in 2015. Just one week later, word broke that his desk will be inherited by none other than Colbert himself. (By which I mean the actual Stephen Colbert — not the character he’s been playing on the Report since 2005.)

“Dave has been on the air my entire adult life,” Colbert continued. “Late Night debuted my first night in college. I learned more from watching Dave than I did from going to my classes, especially the ones I did not go to because I had stayed up till 1:30 watching Dave.

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I love Stephen Colbert and yet....

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After intense speculation about who would replace the irreplaceable David Letterman when he retires in 2015, CBS announced Thursday that it had tapped Stephen Colbert in a five-year deal. The 49-year-old funnyman will shed the ultra-conservative buffoon persona that made his Comedy Central The Colbert Report such a shrewd delight in the transition. Letterman himself has since released a gracious statement supporting the move: “Stephen has always been a real friend to me. 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.”

Colbert is often the smartest, funniest person in the room and yet, I admit to a deflated feeling upon hearing the news. Oh for the love of, another white guy in a suit with glasses and hipster cred? I had this ridiculous, impossible fantasy of waking up to news that daffy Amy Sedaris (a favorite guest of Letterman’s) might be Dave’s successor. Imagine the runaway train conversations she’d suck anybody into who sat in that guest chair. READ FULL STORY

So, who should replace Stephen Colbert?

Caveat: There’s no guarantee that Comedy Central will program another topical nightly talk show in The Colbert Report‘s place when Stephen Colbert leaves to take over CBS’s Late Show in 2015.

After all, Colbert isn’t just another late night gabfest — it’s a parody of a very specific type of news program, starring a character who’s a very specific caricature of folks like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh. (Limbaugh, naturally, has already spoken out against Colbert’s move to CBS, saying that the network has “declared war on the heartland of America.”) It would be strange and sad to see Comedy Central try to capture similar lightning in a similar bottle by ordering another show that parodies cable news the same way Colbert did.

That said, I can’t see the network scrambling to find a whole week’s worth of new programming for the 11:30 timeslot — and if it’s going to go with another nightly program, some sort of talk show revolving around some sort of central comedic figure would make the most sense. So, with that in mind, here are eight options for Colbert replacements — both realistic and more pie-in-the-sky.

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The #CancelColbert defense: Does it matter who tweeted Stephen's joke?

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Let’s put aside whether the tweet was offensive or not.

I know that’s difficult. Judging by the reactions on Twitter and the comments on last night’s post, you probably have strong feelings, one way or another, about Stephen Colbert’s joke about Asians — a joke that wasn’t supposed to be a joke about Asians at all, but about Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

First, here is the context (in a story that is all about context): During a sports-themed segment of Wednesday night’s The Colbert Report, the host mocked Snyder for responding to complaints about his team name by announcing a foundation to help Native Americans. Then on Thursday, The Colbert Report‘s Twitter account echoed his on-air punchline: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”

Twitter exploded with #CancelColbert outrage. The tweet was deleted. Later that night, Colbert tweeted that he does not control the @ColbertReport feed:

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Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and more take a crack at Toronto mayor Rob Ford's drug scandal

Anthony Weiner owes Rob Ford a big, fat, thank you text. The Toronto mayor’s crack-smoking scandal is the latest bumbling politico to hijack the headlines, and in particular, a favorite subject to be lampooned by late night hosts.

In case you’ve been holed up in a D.A.R.E sweatshirt cocoon, Ford is the Toronto mayor who was saddled with allegations that he was caught smoking crack on video. In a news conference on Tuesday he admitted, “Yes, I have smoked crack cocaine,” he said. “But no, do I, am I an addict? No. Have I tried it? Probably in one of my drunken stupors, probably approximately about a year ago.” This slippery slope of shoddy substance abuse logic had late night hosts in a comedy stupor of their own last night. Read on for our round-up of the best Rob Ford jokes of last night from Jimmy Kimmel, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and more. READ FULL STORY

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