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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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'Daily Show' welcomes new correspondent in appropriately meta segment -- VIDEO

As of yesterday, the best damn news team in America has a new member: Jordan Klepper, an Upright Citizens Brigade veteran who happens to look a lot like the vast majority of SNL‘s new featured players (read: blandly handsome; white). The Daily Show — which, in the fairly recent past, has come under fire for a lack of onscreen and behind-the-scenes diversity — made a joke of this in Klepper’s very first segment Monday night, naming him the program’s new Senior Caucasian Correspondent. And naturally, the self-referential humor didn’t stop there.

Theoretically, Klepper’s Caucasian-ness made him the perfect choice for a piece focusing on the situation in Crimea. In practice, the poor guy was so nervous that he ended up turning the entire segment into a self-conscious commentary on his own situation as a new member of the Daily Show family — culminating in a fourth-wall busting act that might have gotten Klepper the ax if, you know, it hadn’t been planned. Nicely done, Jordan; we’re sure Dad is very proud of you this morning.

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'The Daily Show': Get to know new correspondent Jordan Klepper before tonight's debut -- VIDEO

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The Daily Show welcomes Upright Citizens Brigade performer Jordan Klepper as its new correspondent tonight, but before the comedian reports “live” from the Ukraine and joins fellow correspondents Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Aasif Mandvi, and Jessica Williams on the Jon Stewart-hosted show, let’s get to know him a little more, shall we?

Klepper mastered his comedic skills in Chicago, where he was an original member of the long-running shows Whirled News Tonight, The Late Night Late Show, and Beatbox. He performed in the Second City Improv All-Stars and toured the world with the Second City National Touring Company. At UCB, Klepper is a member of the Stepfathers team and performs and writes short films with comedian Laura Grey on their Klepper & Gray Tumblr. In addition to sketch and improv, Klepper has been a correspondent on the Big Ten Network for three seasons and can be seen on MTV’s I Just Want My Pants Back. Now, enjoy some of the comedian’s best bits, and watch The Daily Show Monday to Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on Comedy Central for more. READ FULL STORY

Liam Neeson and Jon Stewart (nearly!) come to blows on 'Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Will Liam Neeson’s next project be (Not) Taken: The Horses!?

Neeson stopped by The Daily Show last night. Though the actor was there to talk about his new movie Non-Stop, his chat with Jon Stewart quickly turned to New York City mayor Bill De Blasio’s plan to shut down New York’s horse and carriage industry — a decision Neeson vocally opposes.

“They made the roads in New York,” Neeson explained. “He [de Blasio] won’t even take a meeting with the horse carriage industry. He’s suppose to be representing the New York people, dammit!”

It was clear Stewart disagreed with Neeson’s position. Still, he managed to keep the chat light while Neeson made claims like, “These guys treat these horses like their children.”

By the end of the segment, Neeson jokingly stood up, prepared to settle things by having a fist-fight with Stewart… who quickly cut to commercial. A wise move from someone who’s clearly seen The Grey. Watch the chat below: READ FULL STORY

Ronan Farrow masters the humblebrag on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Nobody likes a boaster. That’s why God (or self-conscious social media users) invented the humblebrag — a prideful statement couched in a layer of self-deprecation. (You’ll find exhibits A through infinity at Parks and Rec writer Harris Wittels’s eponymous Twitter account.)

Celebrities, particularly, are well-schooled in the art of the humblebrag. They want to seem cool and relatable and down-to-earth, but it’s impossible to keep up that appearance while simultaneously describing what their lives are actually like. After seeing Ronan Farrow’s appearance on last night’s Daily Show, though, I’m convinced that he is to humblebragging what Kanye West is to actual bragging.

Any way you slice it, Farrow’s got an impressive resume. In his 26 years of life, he’s already 1. graduated college at the age of 15, 2. graduated from Yale Law at the age of 21, 3. traveled to Darfur as a UNICEF spokesperson, 4. been a Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs for the Obama Administration, 5. been Director of the State Department’s Office of Global Youth Issues, and 6. snagged a Rhodes Scholarship. And, oh yeah, he’s also about to start hosting his own daily news show on MSNBC. Add in that Farrow has achieved all this despite a family life that’s been… unstable at best, and it’d be easy to forgive him a few straight-up boasts.

Ahh, but that’s not Ronan’s way! Check out how he tries to soften the blow of Jon Stewart’s praise:

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John Oliver sheds a tear in 'Daily Show' farewell -- VIDEO

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In the final Daily Show of 2013, Jon Stewart surprised John Oliver with a heartfelt tribute and retrospective highlighting his more than seven years with the show. Oliver was unprepared, especially since he and Stewart had spent the afternoon readying a bit about the royal hacking scandal. Instead, Stewart kicked back, put a foot on his desk and just started talking about his friend, who’s leaving to host his own HBO show. “We’re not doing the bit?” interrupted Oliver, who was clearly disappointed at first.

The lengthy tribute included Oliver’s Dickensian imitations, “sophisticated wit,” rhythm-challenged dance moves, and hilarious jaw-dropping interviews with oblivious political figures. “We’re going to miss you,” Stewart said, as Oliver, clearly moved, shed a tear.

Carry on, John Oliver. We’ll miss you.

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'Anchorman 2' gang breaks Jon Stewart's will to live -- VIDEO

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We learned a lot of things when the Anchorman gang visited Jon Stewart. We learned that Paul Rudd’s non-aging magic — fueled by stored Nazi blood — enables one to become him if you kill him. We learned that Steve Carell craves Chilean hors d’oeuvres picked by abused migrant workers. And we learned that the Daily Show green room isn’t exactly the Taj Mahal.

When Carell returned to the Daily Show last night, flanked by his three tag-along co-stars, they presented Stewart with special gifts — drab gifts from the green-room walls and end-tables. Stewart clearly was expecting something grander in the holiday spirit — or at least something that he didn’t have to return to its rightful place, like the cup of straws.

Carell and Stewart bonded briefly over champagne and food, but things soon fell apart. One moment they were discussing David Koechner’s affinity for airline porn, the next, there were threats of cutting off Paul Rudd’s face.

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Jennifer Lawrence almost wore a turkey on her head on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

Here it is, your moment of zen — a.k.a. eight minutes of Jon Stewart ostensibly interviewing Jennifer Lawrence about her starring role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

But because the movie’s so huge that there’s barely anything left for J. Law to say about it — and because this was the Oscar winner’s last stop on a long, grueling press tour — and because anyone who’s seen Lawrence do talk shows before knows that she can make even diarrhea sound charming — Stewart instead chose to spend the entire segment simply riffing with Lawrence, variously discussing her haircut, her resemblance to a young Helen Mirren, and her brief urge to stick her face into a Daily Show prop turkey, Monica Geller-style. “I passed that turkey backstage, and I thought for one second about putting it over my head and running out,” Lawrence explains to Stewart. “But then I was like, ‘Ehh, you have enough attention.’”

False, Jennifer: Keep up this charisma offensive, and we’ll never get sick of you. Also: Someone Photoshop an image of Jennifer Lawrence wearing a turkey on her head. NOW.

Catch the full interview below.

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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

Stewart and Colbert celebrate 'Rockin' Government Shutdown Eve' -- VIDEO

“For those just joining the story in progress, our government is going to shut down in 57 of your Earth minutes,” Jon Stewart declared around 11:03 p.m. ET last night. To mark the occasion, both he and his networkmate Stephen Colbert kicked off their shows with segments celebrating “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve” — though naturally, each comedian put his own spin on the material.

Stewart indulged in his trademark righteous indignation, sniping at Republican explanations for the shutdown – “‘it’s an unconstitutional takings of God-given American–’ it sounds like ‘a bullsh—ing of random patriotic buzzwordies’” — and comparing the GOP to a losing football team that threatens to shut down the NFL if they’re not awarded more points. (“What I’m saying,” Stewart continued, “is, wouldn’t it be nice if the united states congress aspired to the maturity and problem-solving capacity of football players?”) The Daily Show host ended the bit with his very favorite Willy Wonka clip — words that Republicans should heed, since they’re coming from “a small business owner.”

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