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  •  i think this is a good move for him personally... (1+ / 0-)
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    Brecht

    and i agree that he has a variety of talents that don't get any/enough play within the confines of TCR, but it's not like his Colbert persona is losing appeal, running out of material or getting stale in anyway.

    as for his interview, perhaps he's too good at imitating O'Reilly because his interviews are as unwatchable as O'Reilly's...

    i agree its a schtick, but the interviews where he simply shuts people down are imo the weakest part of the show.  too much verisimilitude kills it...

    and i am aware that he is a far different person than the persona he adopts for the show.

    it's a good move for him perhaps, but i think it's a sad day for those who appreciate the rarity of strong pushback to the MSM.

    otoh, there is a plethora of late night shows a la o'brien, fallon, kimmell, ferguson, letterman...

    i have nothing best wishes for colbert personally in all of his endeavors.  i've loved him since strangers with candy.

    btw, i was included in a brief letterman bit by virtue of my front row seat to a taping back in the late 90s.  

    If you didn't care what happened to me, and I didn't care for you, we would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain, occasionally glancing up through the rain, wondering which of the buggers to blame, and watching for pigs on the wing. R. Waters

    by No Exit on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 12:49:05 PM PDT

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    •  We'll see what Colbert makes of this opportunity (1+ / 0-)
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      I think he has so many ideas that he's going to hit the ground running some time next year.

      There is one aspect of his satire I haven't seen mentioned yet. He has such an upbeat, friendly energy (even when he's being shockingly rude), and he puts so much oomph into his 'Muricaness, that he's surprisingly popular among right-wing viewers. So I know (from visiting my aunt in Texas, with all her older Republican friends) that Colbert has gotten a lot of people to give a second thought to Foxaganda - and these are people who normally never watch MSN or Comedy Central.

      I'm confident that by 2016, someone else will be pushing the envelope Colbert left behind, and the man himself will be surprising and wowing a lot more viewers.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:07:09 PM PDT

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