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#1 Posted on 9.9.15 0547.36
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So with a lot of anticipation, I watched this as it ran last night. Nice opening, with Stephen singing the Anthem and being silly and Stewart saying play ball to start the show.

I liked the band a lot. Steven's jokes are different - I was never a Colbert Report watcher - so I will need to get used to his humor. There was a bit about Trump where he kept eating oreos that was funny.

His interviews - pretty good. To some extent - too much him and not enough guest - but we will see how that goes. They felt very hurried.

I like what they have done with the Ed Sullivan Theater.

a good start. At least it isn't Fallon giggling at himself
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#2 Posted on 9.9.15 0836.51
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Because he hosted a variety show for a decade, he comes to the job in tune with the format. Also, he's an improv comic, so he doesn't cling desperately to the cue cards. He can tread water or riff if the audience is in the zone with him. The amulet gag was solid. It was a good start, and I kinda like that he doesn't use an announcer. He can do it himself.
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#3 Posted on 9.9.15 1100.20
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I lasted 34 minutes. Then I was like "Well, it's another talk show."

The Ed Sullivan Theater was eerily recognizable. Even if I hadn't known where the show was taping in advance, I'd be like "Somebody moved into Dave's house."

I don't see this show tearing me away from Perry Mason reruns or my newest late night vice...watching random Periscope broadcasts.
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#4 Posted on 9.9.15 1158.01
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Well, nothing will place me outside the demographic than this statement, but.... I miss the old guy.

I've gotten so used to NOT tuning in (and, in the process, completely getting over James Corden) that it might be tough to go back. "Mentalist" reruns still seems like a rather bizarre choice.

I didn't watch Colbert on Comedy Central and don't know how enthused I am about watching him here. I'll probably give it a few weeks and see if it becomes a habit or not. It's not like I'm suddenly gonna start watching a Jimmy.
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#5 Posted on 9.9.15 2127.48
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Fallon is not so bad, but I admit I have a bit of an NBC bias in general.
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#6 Posted on 10.9.15 0001.03
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I thought the 2nd show was more even. He did a pretty funny opening piece than a bit as a prophet or soothsayer - then a couple nice interviews especially with Tesla founder Elon Musk and also with Scarlett Johansen. and a standard finishing music Act.

he did a bit with Scarlett that I didn't think was great but it was an attempt
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#7 Posted on 10.9.15 0017.07
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Fallon is not so bad, but I admit I have a bit of an NBC bias in general.



My only problem with Fallon is that he is the Tony Schiavone of promoting his guests films, TV shows, books, etc. He makes it as if every thing his guest is promoting is practically the greatest thing he's ever experienced.

It just gets annoying after a while.
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#8 Posted on 10.9.15 0022.10
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    Originally posted by Kevintripod

    My only problem with Fallon is that he is the Tony Schiavone of promoting his guests films, TV shows, books, etc. He makes it as if every thing his guest is promoting is practically the greatest thing he's ever experienced.


exactly. How can everyone be the funniest thing ever?
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#9 Posted on 10.9.15 0035.37
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    Originally posted by AWArulz
      Originally posted by Kevintripod

      My only problem with Fallon is that he is the Tony Schiavone of promoting his guests films, TV shows, books, etc. He makes it as if every thing his guest is promoting is practically the greatest thing he's ever experienced.


    exactly. How can everyone be the funniest thing ever?


That's why I stopped watching. "You're great, you're movie is great, your joke is great." It is so annoying and unfunny.
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#10 Posted on 10.9.15 0130.35
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    Originally posted by Kevintripod
      Originally posted by Guru Zim
      Fallon is not so bad, but I admit I have a bit of an NBC bias in general.



    My only problem with Fallon is that he is the Tony Schiavone of promoting his guests films, TV shows, books, etc. He makes it as if every thing his guest is promoting is practically the greatest thing he's ever experienced.

    It just gets annoying after a while.
This is a James Corden failing as well, in my opinion...
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#11 Posted on 10.9.15 0710.52
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Kevintripod
        Originally posted by Guru Zim
        Fallon is not so bad, but I admit I have a bit of an NBC bias in general.



      My only problem with Fallon is that he is the Tony Schiavone of promoting his guests films, TV shows, books, etc. He makes it as if every thing his guest is promoting is practically the greatest thing he's ever experienced.

      It just gets annoying after a while.
    This is a James Corden failing as well, in my opinion...


I don't know if it's a failing so much as a deliberate feature. Fallon and Corden both represent a break from the Letterman tradition in that they don't have his ironic detachment. They don't think of themselves as above the format. There's no winking "isn't this stupid?" from them - they just throw themselves in wholeheartedly.

It's not that they're bad - they're just different. I find Jimmy fun with guests he has a good rapport with and when he plays the games. He's a terrible interviewer, yes, which is why that's the least important aspect of the show anymore. Colbert, I think, will be more traditional in that he can hold his own in the interview segments and can be more of a 'grown-up' than Fallon.

I dunno about ABC Jimmy, I hated the Man Show and pretty much never watched him again.
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#12 Posted on 10.9.15 0837.55
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First Colbert show wasn't bad. Nobody starts out great.

I like Jimmy Fallon, but he relies way too much on trying to be viral. History of Rap 6 last night? Why? When you're on #6 of anything, you've done it too much. I know it's the viral stuff that gets his the attention, but it just seems like it is too much, too often.

I haven't watched Kimmel live in years, but every now and then I'll come across a highlight on YouTube and enjoy it. He tends to rely too much on viralness too, with #meantweets and such, but it doesn't come off as forced as Fallon sometimes.

All I've seen of Corden is a few of the clips where he is lip syncing in cars with celebrities... which is meh.

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#13 Posted on 11.9.15 0041.12
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Kevintripod
        Originally posted by Guru Zim
        Fallon is not so bad, but I admit I have a bit of an NBC bias in general.



      My only problem with Fallon is that he is the Tony Schiavone of promoting his guests films, TV shows, books, etc. He makes it as if every thing his guest is promoting is practically the greatest thing he's ever experienced.

      It just gets annoying after a while.
    This is a James Corden failing as well, in my opinion...
Yeah but Fallon would never (in front of Tom Hanks!) pantomime talking about his baby while having doggy style sex. So Corden wins that one.

Glad to see Colbert still do the graphics type jokes but they feel weird without his character. Was amused when he caught himself referring to us as "Nation".
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#14 Posted on 11.9.15 1144.45
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Three shows in and I think the biggest adjustment I'm having to make is his bandleader. He was all over the place the first couple of shows and could probably use dialing him down a little bit. You can be a big part of the show (i.e. The Roots) without taking away attention from the host.

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#15 Posted on 11.9.15 1241.24
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I don't think I'll ever get used to a cold open on a late night talk show.
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#16 Posted on 12.9.15 1136.22
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Fallon is just bad. I feel bad for his guests. Its Stupid Celebrity Tricks. Colbert having a genuine moment with Biden is the show I want to see.
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#17 Posted on 12.9.15 1650.57
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I never got the hype with Colbert. Then again, I only watched perhaps two or three episodes of his old show. He just annoys me. His facial expressions reminds me of those douchey kids in school who always thought they were smarter and cooler than everybody else, but they were just being pompous asses.


That being said, of the remaining "big three" the only one I can tolerate is Kimmel.
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#18 Posted on 12.9.15 2205.12
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    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    His facial expressions reminds me of those douchey kids in school who always thought they were smarter and cooler than everybody else, but they were just being pompous asses.


    That being said, of the remaining "big three" the only one I can tolerate is Kimmel.



Kimmel reminds me of a pompous douchey ass far more than Colbert does.

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#19 Posted on 13.9.15 0325.45
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Colbert's interview with Joe Biden kind of made a lot of my worries go away. No, it wasn't funny at all, but it was a really, genuinely good interview and I'm pretty sure no one in Late Night except Colbert could've pulled that off with the grace and dignity that he did. Even if you don't politically align with the people involved, a really heartfelt and sincere moment in a medium that really doesn't have a lot of those. Good stuff.
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#20 Posted on 17.9.15 0853.34
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I've watched a couple more shows, largely due to the guests booked, and I'm warming up to the guy.

He's proving to be a good interviewer. He asks questions that shows he knows who he's talking to, and very naturally throws in left-field zingers from time to time.

The lack of stupid celebrity games Fallon and Cordin engage their guests in give this show a far more intelligent feel. And NO one can touch him on political humor.
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