The Bottom Line
- Colbert is fearless
- Skewers media talking heads
- Influences public discourse
- Creates watercooler buzz
- Truthiness factor high
- Occasionally off-target
- Sometimes too base
- Sometimes beats an issue like a dead horse
- Unkind to bears
- Airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central, repeating the next day at 8:30 p.m.
- In 2005s premiere episode, Colbert coined the word truthiness.
- Truthiness, the word, was named by the American Dialect Society as its 2005 Word of the Year.
- Colbert feuds with liberal (and fictional) radio talk show host Russ Lieber (David Cross).
- The Colbert/Leiber feud mimicks Bill OReillys feud with Al Franken.
- The character Colberts fear of bears is based on the real Colberts childhood fear of bears.
Guide Review - Overview: The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert
Formatted like most political pundit shows, such as The OReilly Factor its main target The Colbert Report is only one-third talk show. The remaining two-thirds is reserved for host Stephen Colberts wicked political satire. And it is wicked.
Each episode begins with a review of the days news items followed by The Reports popular editorial feature The Word, during which Colberts comments are juxtaposed with bullet-pointed on-screen text, usually countering or deflating Colberts pompous position.
Recurring features include Better Know a District, in which Colbert presents and interviews representatives from one of the U.S.s 433 congressional districts, and The Threat Down, in which the top five threats to the U.S. are presented (the list always includes bears, a childhood fear of Colberts).
Colberts guests run the gamut, but include a number of political and media figures, such as Bob Woodward and Madeline Albright. During the interview segment, Colbert stays in character and debates each guest, but in such a way as to give them an open mic, so to speak, to voice their views without interruption. Its a subtle game and Colbert plays it well.