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The Colbert Report is one of the most interesting and amusing cable TV talk shows currently on the air. Every Monday through Thursday night, viewers of Comedy Central's late night lineup are treated to the comedy stylings of Stephen Colbert and his brand of satire. The show is full of laughs, but it also functions as a critique on more serious cable news programs by not only taking a look at the major news stories of the day, but by also examining how major news outlets are covering stories. Additionally, The Colbert Report takes a nightly stab at the many conservative-minded news and talk show hosts that populate the majority of the cable news networks.

Stephen Colbert is the show's host and its namesake, and he uses his own name while hosting the show. However, the version of Colbert that people tune in every night to see is an altered version of the comedian. In fact, the Stephen Colbert of the television show is a character that Colbert developed through years of performing and observing the worlds of both politics and the news. As a host, Colbert is loud, opinionated, smug and ridiculously patriotic. Moreover, he often presents news in much the same manner as professional news anchors, often for great comedic effect.

Another humorous aspect of the show is the way in which Colbert handles appearances by guests. On most interview programs, the host introduces the guest and the guest walks out to applause to greet the host. This process is turned upside down on the Colbert Report because after the host introduces the guest, Colbert rises to applause and fanfare before greeting the guest, who is usually already seated at a table. This type of comic self-aggrandizement is typical of Colbert's style, and it is a large reason why the show is so popular. It works because the audience is in on the joke, and they know that Colbert is, at heart, an entertainer who simply wants to make his audience laugh.

There have been many guests on the Colbert Report during its run on Comedy Central, and a number of political developments have come and gone. However, the quality of the show has not dropped through the many changes. This is because of the presence of Stephen Colbert, who knows exactly how to host a show that makes audiences laugh and think deeply at the same time. Thanks to Colbert's expert skills as a comedian, The Colbert Report is one of the most unique, yet funniest shows on cable television.

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The Colbert Report Full Episode Guide

  • Stephen welcomes to the show David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

  • Author and professor Jill Lepore visits The Colbert Report to talk about her book "The Secret History of Wonder Woman."

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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert Have Hilarious Fight to Determine Who's the Biggest 'Star Wars' Fan

We've read a lot of "Star Wars" fan fiction in our day, but this one is really weird. To help promote the UNICEF campaign that "Star Wars Episode VII" has put together, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart put together a short but somehow still epic sketch. The goal: to determine who is the biggest "Star Wars" fan. The host of "The Colbert Report" and the host of "The Daily Show" square off in a knife fight—er, trivia contest to settle the argument.

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Mitt Romney Backtracks After Camera Captures His Insulting Comments

After being secretly taped at a fundraiser essentially calling Obama voters welfare-dependent freeloaders, Romney tries to cover his tracks.

Watch Michelle Obama's Speech from the DNC

The First Lady gave her big speech Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, ending up with tons of Twitter traffic reacting to the speech. See the full speech here, and let us know what you think!

Watch Stephen Colbert Debate Clint Eastwood's Empty Chair

In the wake of Clint Eastwood's odd speech at the RNC, Stephen Colbert had a very special guest on the show: the empty chair that Eastwood debated with. As it turns out, the empty chair is pretty good at debating.

Stephen Colbert, Theater Owners Fight Against NYC Soda Ban

New York City Mayor Bloomberg has proposed that the city ban large sodas, making theater owners very upset. Stephen Colbert is pretty upset too, as you can see in this clip from "The Colbert Report."

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Coming Soon: A Stephen Colbert Children's Book

Hey, if Madonna can get a children's book published, Stephen Colbert could surely write the first one to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.

Watch Stephen Colbert Explain His Absence....Hilariously

Family emergency notwithstanding, Stephen Colbert just didn't miss a beat. The Comedy Central faux-pundit host of "The Colbert Report" taped his show's first new episode since tapings were briefly halted midway through last week. Starting with the Feb. 15 episode, fans were treated to reruns through the rest of the week as Colbert tended to his seriously ill, 91-year-old mother Lorna back home in South Carolina.

'The Colbert Report' Resumes Production Today

Hope you enjoyed the vacation, super-PACers: the unofficial President-Elect of the United States of South Carolina is back on the clock today. After a family emergency stopped tapings last week, "The Colbert Report" resumes tonight on Comedy Central with all-new episodes all week.

UPDATE: Family Illness Causes 'Colbert Report' Cancelations

A serious family emergency has put "The Colbert Report" temporarily on the shelf. The Comedy Central faux-pundit's scheduled Wednesday taping was abruptly canceled with out explanation, and a rerun aired in the episode's place yesterday evening. A source with close business relationships to Colbert's program told The Huffington Post Thursday that the comic's mother is seriously ill, suspending the show until further notice.

'Colbert Report' Tapings Canceled At Least Through This Week

Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" will air reruns the rest of the week after the network announced remaining tapings have been cancelled. Wednesday evening's new episode that had been to follow "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" was replaced with one featuring host Stephen Colbert ripping on Republican Herman Cain's late-2011 presidential campaign.

How Stephen Colbert Got His Super-PAC Back (And $1 Million)

Stephen Colbert is back, and once more running the PAC. The Comedy Central "Colbert Report" host not only announced Tuesday morning on his official website for the former Definitely Not Coordinating With Stephen Colbert Super PAC (possibly soon to be called the "John Colbert Cougar Super MellenPAC") that Colbert Nation has allegedly raised $1,023,121.24, but also released 147-page document disclosing donor names and contributions.

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