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Losing our Daily dose of Colbert—12:09 AM

"The New York Times" has a new article announcing that Stephen Colbert will be spinning his "Colbert Report" mock-promos off into an actual half-hour show of the same name, to follow The Daily Show on Comedy Central. (Don't forget to pronounce that "Col-BEAR Re-PORE" ... "It's French, bitch!")

This is the terrible occurrence of what we knew to be an inevitable eventuality – over the last year or so, Colbert has emerged as the principal correspondent in The Daily Show brood, always guaranteeing a laugh with his fake stand-up reports and his golden-tongued analysis segments at the desk with Jon. I'm thrilled for him that his excellence is being recognized – I guess I'd always hoped that instead of his own show, they'd just start paying him an insane amount for his work on The Daily Show.

The silver lining, of course, is that he won't have gone far. This is better than leaving the show completely for a movie career. But the article notes that Colbert's appearances on The Daily Show will become "intermittent," which is vague but hopefully means more often than Steve Carell whom I still miss dearly. Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, and Samantha Bee do fine work, and often generate laughs, but none can match the stone-faced gravitas of Colbert. When he reports "live from the scene," he and Jon Stewart both play the straight man, and the results are doubly hilarious.

At the very least, we have to hope his "This Week In God" segment will carry over to The Colbert Report. I don't know how I'd live without the God Machine.

2 Comments (Add your comments)

"Holly"Wed, 5/4/05 1:56pm

We cannot lose "This Week in God." We CANNOT. I must have it. To whom do I write to clarify my position on this point? Or should I just pray?

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