Stephen Colbert on the Anthony Weiner Scandal

The latest Anthony Weiner scandal has given late night talk show hosts something to talk about besides Donald Trump, and no one ran with it further than Stephen Colbert on last night’s The Late Show. Stephen’s monologue was filled with some rock-solid puns and innuendos, and for that, we salute him. It was particularly fitting that Stephen would be the one to hit Weiner the hardest (seriously, even when you’re not trying to make puns, it’s impossible when the guy caught up in a sexting scandal’s last name is Weiner), because Weiner appeared on The Late Show only a month ago. Continue reading

Amy Schumer Shares Her Hawaiian Experience on The Late Show

Amy Schumer spent the summer in Hawaii filming a movie with Goldie Hawn. She talked about it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. While there, Amy got sick and ultimately broke Continue reading

Mark Normand on The Late Show

Comedian Mark Normand appeared on The Late Show Friday night. He shared his thoughts on hangovers, his anxiety, and his thoughts on abbreviations. We always enjoy seeing Mark Normand and he Continue reading

Stephen Colbert Takes on Donald Trump with the Werd

It’s no secret that Stephen Colbert’s version of The Late Show has struggled at times to find its voice, but his live shows during both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions seemed to have breathed new creative life into the talk show. After the return of “Stephen Colbert” and his “Word” segment during the RNC, Stephen apparently faced some pushback from his old employer, saying that the character “Stephen Colbert” was their intellectual property. While it seemed too surreal to be true, apparently it was and Stephen was forced to introduce “Stephen Colbert’s” identical twin cousin, “Stephen Colbert” and to change his “Word” segment to “Werd”. Last night, Continue reading

Jon Stewart Takes Over Colbert’s Desk

Jon Stewart’s appearance on The Late Show on Monday was fun, but all too short and it ultimately left us wanting more. Last night, he delivered, taking over Colbert’s desk and giving one of his signature Daily Show rants. He feigned feeling a little rusty, and he was just wearing a t-shirt with a suit jacket and a clip-on tie, but this was Jon Stewart at his peak Daily Show strength. His takedown of “angry groundhog” Donald Trump and Fox News’ “Lumpy” (Sean Hannity) was executed with precision. In the end, what was most affecting was his sincere rage at the hypocrisy of those who claimed to care about cops’ lives but failed to support the 9/11 First Responder’s Bill reauthorization, culminating in an expletive not quite fit for live network television. Continue reading

Melania Trump Defends her Plagiarized RNC Speech on ‘The Late Show’

The main story coming out of the first night of the Republican National Convention was the fact that Melania Trump plagiarized parts of her speech from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. The late night shows all had a lot of fun with the whole situation, but Stephen Colbert won that particular fight thanks to some help from Laura Benanti as Melania Trump. Benanti had the look (especially the eye movements) and the accent nailed to perfection, as “Melania” defended herself against the accusations of plagiarism. Once again, we were left with a major feeling of deja vu. Sorry, Melania, better luck next time.


Jon Stewart and “Stephen Colbert” Appear on The Late Show

Jon Stewart’s appearance on The Late Show‘s coverage of the Republican National Convention was highly anticipated to say the least. It’s been a strange election season so far, and the fact that it’s the first one in the 2000s that Jon Stewart hasn’t covered for The Daily Show only makes it feel stranger. So the promise of Jon Stewart reuniting with Stephen Colbert was in part a promise for a return to some familiarity. It wasn’t clear exactly what Jon would be doing on The Late Show, but we certainly couldn’t have predicted that he would just ply himself as a hermit in the woods, reacting to the news of Donald Trump’s candidacy with an amusing spit-take and back and forth with Stephen Colbert, before introducing the person who’s been hiding in plain sight since September: “Stephen Colbert”. Continue reading

Jon Stewart Will Help with Stephen Colbert’s RNC Coverage

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Just a day after both The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show were shut out of the Emmy awards, it’s been announced that former Daily Show host (and Emmy winner) Jon Stewart will appear on The Late Show to give his old buddy Stephen Colbert a hand. Stewart (who also co-produces The Late Show) will be there on Monday as Colbert kicks off his two weeks of live coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

It’s not clear exactly what Stewart’s role will be, although we have to imagine that there are a lot of people hoping that they’ll just give him a desk and some graphics and let him do what he does best. Others are speculating that Stewart might be a correspondent, reporting live from Cleveland, which might be a fun reversal. If that’s the case, Continue reading

Natasha Leggero Once Moved to Australia With a Con Artist

Another Period is one of our favorite shows. Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome have created a completely bonkers world that somehow totally works. They describe it as combining the Kardashians with Downton Abbey, but also like to think of it as having a liberal dash of Drunk History too, as dysfunctional versions historical figures frequently pop up to interact with Beatrice, Lillian, and all the other Bellacourts. Need proof? In the premiere of the second season, Beatrice and Lillian received advice on fame and branding from none other than Continue reading

President Obama’s Late Night Talk Show Appearances – A Rundown

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It’s just been announced that President Obama will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night. This marks the first time that Barack has appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s version of The Tonight Show, which is pretty crazy when you think about it. We mean, he went all the way to Marc Maron’s garage, for heaven’s sake! But of course, just because he hasn’t been on The Tonight Show when Jimmy Fallon has been the host doesn’t mean that President Obama has been lacking in his late night appearances over the years. We’ve compiled a list of all of his late night interviews here, so you can get an idea of what to expect this Thursday (of course, there’s a high probability they might just end up having a lip sync battle and playing Catch Phrase for the entire time, but hey, it’s fun to watch clips anyway). Continue reading

Lewis Black Talks Rage with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show was a Daily Show reunion last night, as Lewis Black stopped by to visit Stephen Colbert. The former correspondents reminisced about their time on the Comedy Central institution, which Stephen joined after Lewis Black’s “Back in Black” segment were already classics. As you might expect, Lewis is still as rage-filled as ever, and it turns out that he has a tried-and-true method of staying just the right amount of angry. Continue reading

Sam Morril on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Unfortunately, there aren’t many stand-up spots on late night talk shows any more. Whenever we spot one on the late night calendar, we make a point of watching it. When Sam Morril was lined up to perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Friday, we were Continue reading

Matt Walsh Brings Stephen Colbert a 4/20 Gift

Matt Walsh stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to promote the upcoming season of Veep. The political satire returns this Sunday, April 24 on HBO, although with the way this election season is going, it’s going to be hard for them to top it. It’s hard to imagine how they could come up with anything more outlandish than we’ve already seen in reality, but we can’t wait to watch them try! We’re sure that Matt’s character Mike McLintock will be at the center of whatever scandal Selina Meyer next finds herself in.  Continue reading

Late Night Television on YouTube


If you’re regular readers of fourthmic, you will have noticed that we often lament the way that late night television seems to be seeking the next viral video more than they are worried about making a television show that stands on its own and is meant to be watched late at night (or very early in the morning). We’re not saying anything new when we say that the various games and other gimmicks favored by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are meant to appeal to YouTube viewers as much as (or more than) live audiences. And we suppose that’s alright, but with nearly every other show following suit, it adds another layer to the late night competition. Continue reading

Mindy Kaling Confronts Stephen Colbert on The Late Show

Before taking the reins at The Late Show, Stephen Colbert made a guest appearance on The Mindy Project. While filming one scene, Stephen could not keep it together. Mindy wanted to have a chat with Continue reading