TimesTalks: Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert talks about working on the Colbert Report and how he got Comedy Central to stop sending him letters restricting what he did on the show110

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spend an intimate evening with Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning comedian, writer, producer and television host Stephen Colbert in conversation with The New York Times. For the second year in a row, “The Late Show” has earned Emmy nominations for outstanding variety talk series, outstanding writing for a variety series and outstanding directing for a variety series. More than just an entertainer, Colbert has used his comedic talents, acerbic wit and political parodies to impact culture in extraordinary ways over the past decade. Please join Colbert — dubbed the most inventive comedian of his generation — for an exciting night of spirited and substantive conversation.


Matthew Tilley : In the TV president era, Stephan Colbert is our moral and emotional president.

g'mornin jooolee-uh : So nice to hear a decent human being speaking frankly

avedic : Stephen can be goofy and silly on the show....but especially in a context like this interview, you really get a sense for just how ferociously intelligent and serious he is as a human being. He's done his homework on a _lot_ of subjects. There's something a wee bit intimidating about his intellect....and I love it. I adore people who are in the top 1% in terms of intelligence....and I think it's clear Stephen is in that echelon. Much respect...

MizzMakk m : He reads more in 1 hour than trump has his whole life.

Mary Menatti : It was the night he made fun of 45s tie that captured my attention. I needed to focus my disgust and fear. Stephen spoke for me as he delicately fingered the long tie. I was able to laugh at the foolishness instead of dread it. I've been tuning in every day since then and Stephens quick mind and open tenderness, his bashful flirting, and the brilliant improvisation are cathartic for those of us struggling to express our disappointment. Now, I'm writing a book for my grand children, about my father's immigration from Italy to escape fascism.

Andrea : Stephen has to be one of the most brilliant people in the world. I am stunned at how quickly he thinks and responds to questions. He uses his brain on his feet with his heart. I also think he is the best political commentator we have. I love hearing him sing and watching him dance too.

mar10dg : Having Stephen Colbert succeed David Letterman was a brilliant decision.

Experience True Self : What a lovely man. so much respect for Stephen Colbert. He's so authentic, honest and smart.

Lulu Gurl : Interesting. Colbert is just so...all round awesome.

Jason Allen : He is seriously the main person who is helping me cope through these Extraordinary Scary Time's

James Smithe : Jesus, Stephen works harder in one day than Trump has since he's been in office.

Xan-Rhea Bilal : The nicki Minaj bit two days ago was hilarious 😂

Brent Uptain : such a brilliant and sensitive mind. yes, he does influence how people see the world. in such trying times, he's about the only way i can take my news....

Eulogio Olivo : There's no show with more wit and integrity than this one, truly, and the process is so sophisticated, well put together Mr. Colbert Bless your heart

Paula Brown : Stephan Colbert you are so appreciated! People need to laugh so much right now!! Thank you so much for being a much needed salve fo America! You are a genius! 🙏💜!

Charles Frost : Stephen Colbert is the consummate gentleman.

Dennis Caxton : I simply would not have coped with Trump becoming president (still cannot believe it) without Stephen - and I live in the UK!!! Bravo Stephen, you are MY hero!!! x

HeritageSelfRespect HealingThrivingSelfWorth : I respect Stephen doing impactful work. Comic relief to ease the frustration of this difficult time “surfing the 🏄🏾‍♀️ madness” priority level headedness & moral compass “this too shall pass”

stephanie brown : When he says " you get to see me" I couldn't agree more. I remember that first show ..he was all in character... funny and intelligent but nervous and hiding a bit. He had George Clooney as his first guest. He and his team have evolved at lot. (Stephen you rock....just being you!) I esp. loved seeing him interact with Tiffany Hadish and Nicki Minaj and Helen Mirren!

Pat Sylvest : Stephen Colbert, and all those involved with the show, keep me sane.

Max Maker : Stephen is such a fantastic guy! Professional, moral and funny.

spaceflipflops : Stephen Colbert Peace Prize for his humanitarian work.

Lizz Keiper : This was really interesting to watch/listen to. Thank you for the fearless authenticity :)

Matt Clark : The way he talks about Trump's election night is so gratifying. This whole country....the smart half were in despair that night, and the morons were celebrating. I really respect Stephen's intelligence and good heart. You can tell he genuinely, genuinely cares about women and people of color and just people in general regardless of labels. He's a major intellect on the intersection of politics and culture that helps give our society insight and peace.

BroNumsi : Trump can talk all he wants about how smart he is and how he knows the best words, but this is a display of real intelligence and eloquence.

Tyler Durden : Great interview, but just terrible interviewer. Specially in contrast when sitting next to the best interviewer ever.

Psychologie-lernen .de : this guy is so important for democracy :)

Just Sayin2420 : Stephen Colbert takes the headlines from the f*ckery of this administration and makes it easier for me to stomach them. His show is therapeutic.

Anjuli Kamins : Yes, I would definitely watch all skits from "how it should have ended" election night!

vonvaqed : We are so lucky to have Stephen Colbert as a late night comedy host. His intelligence, his charm and his wit makes it possible to go through these weird and depressing times. Thank you Stephen Colbert...we are grateful to you and all your team. Fantastic Job!

yashiWinchester : Stephen is both a brilliant interviewee and an interviewer. Such well thought out as well as thought provoking answers.

M K1 : Glad Stephen is doing so well...I appreciate his honesty and humor

Erica Lambert : When the Colbert Report first aired I was around 14 years old living in a very small, very conservative Kentucky town. I was reaching to find people who thought more like I did instead of what I was constantly surrounded by. I got soo into the Colbert Report and have been just drawn to this man ever since. I'm now 26 and still look to him as sort of a father figure lol. Just seems like such a genuine person and sharp to boot! Keep doing you Mr. Colbert, much of us would be lost in this crazy political world without you!

Jak Adanz : Honestly, one of the greatest human beings alive. What a legend.

CartoonrBOY : What a beautiful mind. Thanks Steve. You are loved here in the UK.😍

Death To Ming! : I love your show. You and your crew do a terrific job. Thanks for the laughs. We need them in these times.

aisey100 : I wouldn't have minded a couple of hours more of this. Stephen is wonderful, and a real American that kinda give you a bit of hope in the face of these current dark times of the Trump Mafia.

parsoumash : The joke Stephen says will NOT be on the show made it to the show lol 9:30

tyrred : What an interesting glimpse behind the curtain. Thank you.

Skankhunt42 : An hour of Colbert. Amazing. I wish he did more of this sort of longform interview.

M. J. Golden : SC is an outlet for our expression. He says what we feel. He feels what we feel.

Galakyllz : I hope Stephen always has a voice and a camera. It was also great to see how sincere he was about his staff - praise to the writers and other staff as well.

Gen Valencia : I love how he stands up for Nicki when the guy takes a stab saying "these are New York Times Subscribers." :'D

mabesch : Lel they did use the cabinet meeting joke after all.

Pretty Pixy : I am totally in love with Stephen’s intelligence, wit and honesty! He is my ideal entertainer, teacher, husband, dad, president and MILF (Man etc etc etc 😜) I am in awe of your immense talent 😍😍😍

Timothy Hanson : Love Stephen Colbert! He keeps it real, his staff (team) are working through a tough time in are growth in the digital age.

NewMusicWeekly : Well, that proves he's no prompter-jockey. He seems a humble guy.

DarkLight Mike : 53:25 Would you trade your success to be rid of the current president? YES. I love Colbert!

A HR guy who doesn't like micro transactions : Super funny and super smart. Also a decent human being. Awesome!