It was nine years ago that Stephen Colbert made his leap from being a correspondent on John Stewarts, “The Daily Show,” to having one of the highest rating news television programs to date. With Stephen Colbert’s retirement of his daily talk show, “The Colbert Report,” we say goodbye to one of the most acclaimed satirical news shows of all time along with and the persona he has spawned that many have fallen in love with.
With “The Colbert Report” just recently saying it’s final goodbye, it is a time of reflection to remember what Stephen Colbert has achieved. “The Colbert Report” helped launched Stephen Colbert to be one of the biggest entertainers of the past decade. The show was nominated for over twenty prime time Emmy Awards, and for numerous Producers Guild of America Awards. Stephen Colbert’s growing audience made him able to explore his imagination by turning to other facets of the entertainment industry, and his audience was ready for whatever he was going to do. He has won two Grammy awards for his comedy albums, A Colbert Christ: The Greatest Gift of All, and America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t. He is an acclaimed writer and his book, I Am America (And So Can You,) stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for twenty-four weeks.
Why did so many people fall in love with the character and skits that Stephen was able to produce? What made Stephen Colbert’s show so popular were his portrayal of this consistently witty and a humorous satirist who is able to present current events in a comedic yet insightful manner. He was able to deliver this tone of dryness that captivated the audience and when they least suspected it hit them with comedic gold.
“The Colbert Report” is a show that is going to be deeply missed for its ability to spin a new twist on world news, but fans of Colbert should not fret because he has recently been named to successor of CBS’s The Late Show.
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