Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Colbert Report

 Central's “The Colbert Report” is an American late night satirical news show in which Stephen Colbert portrays a caricatured version of conservative political experts. “The Colbert Report” is a spin-off from “The Daily Show” and Stephen Colbert is a former correspondent for this show. The show focuses on a fictional anchorman character called Stephen Colbert. The character is a "well-intentioned, poorly informed high-status idiot".
File:Colbert Report logo.png"The Colbert Report" appeared on the 17th October 2005 and has collected huge ratings and critical success as one of the top shows on television. The series has received a prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting in 2008 and 18 Primetime Emmy nominations. In 2010, Colbert and his writing team won the show's second Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

Stephen Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor. Born and raised near Charleston. He originally studied to be an actor, and graduated from Northwestern University.

Colbert creates new words (neologisms). Besides "truthiness", Colbert has coined other terms such as "freem", which is "freedom without the do, because I do it all for you".
 Colbert also creates numerous polls to invent new names, such as “the Time 100 online poll”, a contest in which the viewers had to name an International Space Station module (which Colbert did not eventually win).
He also more anecdotally named animals, places and things such as Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle, the mascot for the minor league hockey team Saginaw Spirit; Stephen Jr., a bald eagle at the San Francisco Zoo; Air Colbert, a Virgin America jet; Americone Dream, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor; and a NASA treadmill called the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (C.O.L.B.E.R.T.).

"The Colbert Report" deployed to Iraq in June 2009 on a USO tour entitled "Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando" to perform shows in front of the troops. "The Colbert Report" is the first TV show in USO history to produce a week of shows in a combat zone.

"The Colbert Report” provides a perspective on the news that is exclusively expert-based. Its success is due to the combination of intellectual satire with ludicrous humor. Thanks to his famous “Remix competitions” in which Colbert implicitly suggests that his fans remix aspects of his show simply by telling them not to remix them, the show also became appreciated by young people.

Stephen Colbert is always at the top of the news and never hesitates to talk about delicate subjects.  He gave for example a satirical speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in which he criticized the Bush Administration and the news media.

“The Colbert report” has a big influence on the popularity of a person or thing when being invited or mentioned on the show: it is called the "Colbert Bump". For example, if a politician appears on “The Colbert Report”, he may become more popular. According to the “American Political Science Association”, contributions to Democratic politicians rose 40% for 30 days after an appearance on the show. 

Stephen Colbert comes at you with all the "naming things after Stephen Colbert"news:

   Sophie Roegiers and Hélène Sambon

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