RIP “Stephen Colbert," 1997-2014
"The American political scene has lost one of its towering characters with the untimely demise of Stephen Colbert,” Rolling Stone says in its obituary for the character that departs tonight. "He was 50. Feared by many, hated by some, watched by all, Colbert leaves an uncertain legacy for the media he revolutionized and the culture he altered. Without him on TV four nights a week, there is a truth-shaped hole in our national political discourse.”
Colbert is easily comparable to Mark Twain
"What compares to 'The Colbert Report' in the history of American entertainment and humor,” says Hank Stuever, "in which the material and the society that it lampooned were so intertwined? The work of Mark Twain easily comes to mind (another case of a talented writer and cultural commentator inhabiting a fully realized persona at just the right moment), and, to a lesser degree, so does the work of Will Rogers. Both men are inextricably identified with the kind of America they lived in and the kind of technology it invented — from telegraph wires and a burgeoning print media industry to the eventual wonders of radio and film.” PLUS: “Truthiness” was one of the best “Colbert” moments, Colbert paying tribute to his mom was another great moment, we’re losing one of TV’s greatest characters, he was the most inspired political activist of the 21st century, “Cheating Death With Dr. Stephen Colbert, D.F.A.” was one of late-night’s funniest bits, analyzing Colbert’s introductory phrases, watch the ultimate “Colbert” supercut, Colbert’s most genius moments, 11 times the fake Colbert did something real, Colbert was late-night’s most passionate book nerd, remembering Colbert’s most awkward interviews, Colbert’s genius was apparent in the 1st episode, Colbert’s 10-best “Better Know a District” segments, Colbert’s best musical moments, here's ranking every “Colbert” bit, recalling Colbert’s real-life controversies, 13 Colbert cameos you might have missed, why “Colbert’s” interviews are irreplaceable, and relive the 10 most iconic moments from each year.
4 Colbert “enemies” bid him farewell
Suey Park, Google, Jimmy Fallon and “Crappy” Canton, Georgia Mayor Gene Hobgood react to Colbert’s departure. Says Google: “We respect Stephen and his show very much. It’s always hard to know the true measure of a man—and we’ve certainly had our differences—but we can say without an inch of a doubt, he’s reached new heights in comedy.” PLUS: Colbert’s 12 biggest adversaries.
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