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COMEDY CENTRAL'S® "THE COLBERT REPORT"
PREMIERES MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT 11:30 P.M.
NEW YORK, October 5, 2005 -- The most compelling fake news hour in basic cable is about to commence. "The Colbert Report" hosted by Stephen Colbert, will debut on Monday, October 17 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT and will air Monday through Thursday following the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."
"The Colbert Report" will contain the personality, insight and overall rightness of "The Daily Show's" Stephen Colbert. That's why he now has a half-hour platform each night to give his take on the issues of the day and more importantly, to tell you why everyone else's take is just plain wrong. What "The Daily Show" is to evening news, "The Colbert Report" is to O'Reilly/Scarborough/Hannity/Anderson Cooper, et al...except Colbert's show will be intentionally funny.
"Bill O'Reilly's got a real simplicity that I admire," says Colbert. "I like the cut of Anderson Cooper's suit and I'm a huge Stone Phillips fan, for his neck."
The show will be shot live to tape, Monday through Thursday, with a featured guest and a studio audience. The opening theme music is by Cheap Trick.
Stephen Colbert is most notably known as the senior correspondent and Emmy Award-winning writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He joined in 1997 and became the longest-running correspondent on "The Daily Show." Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Colbert began making a name for himself in Chicago as a member of the famed Second City improv troupe where he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. He worked with the duo on numerous projects such as "Exit 57," a half-hour sketch comedy series, "Strangers with Candy," a twisted take on the classic and typically moralistic after-school specials and wrote "Wigfield" in 2003 which they supported with book signings and performance engagements. He is also credited with the following: starred opposite Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in "Bewitched," wrote and was a cast member on "The Dana Carvey Show;" appeared in commercials for GM "Mr. Goodwrench," wrote for "Saturday Night Live" and did the voice of Ace on the animated "SNL" series "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" which also featured Steve Carell as the voice of Gary. In addition, Colbert contributed as a writer to AMERICA (THE BOOK): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner Books), which was co-written with Jon Stewart, Ben Karlin, along with the writers from "The Daily Show." It immediately topped The New York Times Best Seller List and stayed there for 15 consecutive weeks.
"The Colbert Report" regularly airs Monday-Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Repeats air Monday-Thursday at 1:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday at 1:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The premiere week of "The Colbert Report" is sponsored by Toyota.
"The Colbert Report" is the first project developed under COMEDY CENTRAL's first-look agreement with Jon Stewart's Busboy Productions, Inc. The show is produced by Busboy in association with Spartina Productions, Inc. Stewart, Ben Karlin and Colbert will serve as executive producers and Lou Wallach as executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
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