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Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central host and leader of the Colbert Nation, threw down the gauntlet to Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who is currently on the presidential campaign trail with something close to twenty other Joes (and one Jane). Kucinich has accepted, and will appear on the October 15 show to take part in Colbert’s pocket challenge. As part of the challenge, Kucinich will empty his pockets onstage before Colbert cameras. Will he get the famous “Colbert bump” for his appearance on the show?

Both and The Daily Show have been getting big guests recently. Jon Stewart will interview several A-list celebs in his upcoming shows, right on the heels of a visit from Lynn Cheney, wife of Dick.

Gallery: Stephen Colbert’s Pocket Challenge


EmmyIt was an evening of firsts at the 59th annual primetime Emmys. The first time the awards show was on . The first time Ryan Seacrest (resident FOX golden boy) hosted. The first time green concerns were proudly touted. And the first time I didn’t laugh at the Emmy host – not even once. FOX unabashedly promoted their own stars and shows all night long, though there were precious few wins for the network. Brian and Stewie from Family Guy provided some animated laughs, Lewis Black ranted and raved and performed a bit in the middle of the whole thing, and I found myself largely confused throughout the three hour-plus broadcast. Toward the end, Seacrest actually walked out on stage in a Henry VIII costume and told a gay joke – I couldn’t make this up if I tried, this actually happened. TV’s elite looked on in a mixture of horror and worry. Seacrest, unsurprisingly, acted and spoke exactly as he does while on American Idol. The strange, round stage provoked a lot of funny comments, and for a rare awards show change it was the acceptance speeches that became the saving grace of the FOX broadcast.

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Gallery: The 59th Annual Primetime Emmys: In Review

Emmy AwardsThe 59th Annual Emmy Awards has not even started, yet I’m already sensing sensing a weird vibe about tonight’s telecast.  Will the show be a celebration of those young and new (e.g. Heroes)?  Will it be a tribute to those bowing out (James Gandolfini and crew)?  Or will performer Kanye West somehow manage to cast a controversial shadow over the rest of the ceremony?

What a difference a year makes.  Twelve months ago, we were still handing out trophies to stars from Will & Grace and The West Wing (those shows feel so five-years ago now).  Today, we welcome a new crop of nominees including Ugly Betty and 30 Rock for Best ComedyLast year, we were entertained by an always-hilarious Conan O’Brien.  This year, we are threatened by a song and dance number from this year’s host, Ryan Seacrest.  Last August, 24 snagged the award for Best Drama.  This September, it’s not even nominated (yet somehow Boston Legal is).

I think it would be safe to assume the voters would predictably (and respectfully) shower The Sopranos with honors, but I’ll still be crossing my fingers for an upset sometime tonight.  We’ll need something to talk about tomorrow…

Here’s the play-by-play of tonight’s events coming to you from the neglected West Coast!

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Gallery: The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Coverage

Jon StewartAfter cranking out a bloated and boring Oscars ceremony last February (Sorry, Ellen!)—the producers have gone back to square one.  ‘s , who helmed an extremely witty telecast two years ago, has been asked to host The 80th Annual Academy Awards.  This will be Stewart’s second time at bat.

Anyone who read our coverage of his stint knows how giddy I was about Jon Stewart’s performance.  All this time has passed, yet I can still remember him telling the audience ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ was how ended most of his dates.  (Okay—I actually read that in the previous post…but I swear it was etched in my brain).

It’s obviously too soon to say which movies will be nominated at this point—but I’m already imagining the movies Stewart could parody in his opener.  Maybe he could be deserted with Captain Jack Sparrow?  Or he could party with the boys of ?  Better yet—maybe he could do a musical number from ?

The ballots will be read Sunday, Feb. 24th on ABC.

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Gallery: Jon Stewart Repeats as ‘Oscar’ Host

Stephen ColbertYou’ve seen the TV show. You’ve checked out the web site. But you haven’t seen anything yet. The former correspondent-turned mega-Comedy Central celebrity made the world laugh with witty observations and wholly invented words, is perhaps best known for his no-holds-barred approach to interviewing celebs, writers, and political candidates. Colbert’s book I Am America (And So Can You!) is set to hit the shelves this fall, and the Colbert Nation is anticipating the event. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Stephen Colbert said that he embodies America – those who want to do the same can read the book. He also asked fans not to lend the book – heroes buy. Colbert said the book serves as a Constitution for the Colbert Nation, which is the appellation he has coined for his many, many fans. America as seen through the eyes of Colbert…are you ready, nation?

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Gallery: Stephen Colbert: The Book

Jon StewartComedy Central’s , best known for tongue-in-cheek humor on the satirical , is getting attention from everywhere recently. Not only has Stewart’s show been nominated for an Emmy, but the host also recently turned down a network gig with NBC. Upcoming guests for The Daily Show include four Presidential candidates: Senator Joseph Biden (D – Del.), who has already appeared on the show once; John McCain (R), who will make his tenth appearance on the show August 16; Tommy Thompson (R – for. Gov. Wisc.) will appear on August 20; and Barack Obama (one of the heavyweight Democratic contenders) will make his second appearance on August 22.  The month promises to be full of candidates, coverage on the primary debates, and the jokes that make even this political mess fun.

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Gallery: Big Names Booked at Comedy Central

EmmyThe 59th annual Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced, giving the biggest honors (17 nominations) to ’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. AMC’s Broken Trail just missed the top slot with 16 nominations. After a review of the best comedy, drama, reality, and variety series of the year, a look at the TV movies and mini-series, the die has been cast. Many were nominated, but few will win. Did your favorite show, movie, or mini-series get the nod from the Primetime Emmys? There’s only one way to find out.

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Gallery: Primetime Emmy Nominations Nod at Several Shows

Stephen Colbert It’s official. Stephen Colbert will have an ice cream flavor named in his honor. Internet rumors have been swirling about the possibility of a Colbert-themed flavor from Ben & Jerry’s. You know you’ve hit the big time when you become a flavor, and it seems Colbert is as likely an honoree as anyone. The flavor will be called “Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream,” a vanilla base with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and caramel. The folks at Ben & Jerry’s describe it as “The sweet taste of liberty in your mouth.” Hmmm, that seems like a peculiar description. Since when do waffle cones and caramel taste like liberty, and why does that personify Colbert? Colbert, ever the quick-wit, responded to the new flavor by saying, “I’m not afraid to say it. Dessert has a well-known liberal agenda. What I hope to do with this ice cream is bring some balance back to the freezer case.” All in good fun though—Colbert will donate proceeds to charity via his Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Fund.

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Gallery: Stephen Colbert Ice Cream—Yummy.

Ed HelmsFor those of you, like myself, who may have thought that Ed Helms’ character on The Office was on his way out, think again. It would seem that, after he annoyed even Michael Scott (Steve Carell), that the end was near. Helms has done a particularly fine job as the suck-up Andy Bernard, that it makes you feel downright embarrassed for the guy. His status on the show has just been bumped to a regular cast member. Both Helms and Rashida Jones (Karen) joined The Office this season. Karen, who moved to the Scranton branch mainly to follow Jim, will likely have some tougher times ahead now that Jim has admitted he has feelings for Pam. Rashida Jones is still just a recurring character, so we’ll have to see if she decides to move back to Stamford.

Helms worked with Steve Carell on The Daily Show and will soon appear on screen with Carell in Evan Almighty.

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Gallery: Ed Helms Becomes a Regular on ‘The Office’

Jon Stewart While most of us rooted in reality can pretty much identify that an entertainer like Jon Stewart would never run for president, there are some optimists out there who love the idea. Case in point: the T-shirts reading “Stewart/Colbert ‘08.” Call me a naysayer—for while Stewart is smart, funny, entertaining and devilishly handsome, the prospects of his presidential run will never see the light of day. Stewart recently commented on the shirts at the New Yorker Festival, saying, “Nothing says ‘I am ashamed of you my government’ more than ‘Stewart/Colbert ‘08.”

Stewart is, however, doing his part by making politics interesting and entertaining—including having guests such as Bill Clinton and Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, on The Daily Show. He also has high hopes of getting the Bush administration to appear as well. Well, that’s probably about as likely as Jon Stewart running for president.

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Gallery: Jon Stewart Nixes Notion of Presidential Bid in 2008