Colbert puts the White House whammy on “Our Cartoon President”

Last month in Pasadena, Stephen Colbert was asked in the scrum following the TCA session for Our Cartoon President if he had given any thought to making fun of US vice-president Mike Pense. Colbert paused for a split second and said, “How does one mock a manila envelope?” For Colbert and others in late night,… Read on



Hosting advice for Stephen Colbert via Vanity Fair

These Vanity Fair folks have their video act together. This gem finds Stephen Colbert’s rivals pitching tips for his debut as host of The Late Show, happening Tuesday night at 11:35 p.m. on CBS and Global. Kimmel, Conan, Maher, Noah, Wilmore, Meyers, Corden and Oliver all weigh in; Fallon is curiously missing. Colbert’s opening night… Read on


“For the last time on a television program, thank you, and good night.”

According to the overnights, 13.76 million Americans watched David Letterman say goodbye to The Late Show Wednesday night, his biggest CBS audience since 1994. If you watched in Toronto or Brampton on Rogers Cable, you lost the signal around the 12:37 mark. The Late Show ran 17 minutes later, a situation anyone with a Twitter… Read on


Part Five: Saying Goodbye to Dave

Dave’s last day has been a red Letterman day for me. I’ve done 15 radio interviews Wednesday and a camera crew also made the trek out to Brampton to get my two cents on Letterman’s big fade out. Look for me tonight on CBC’s The National (just don’t blink or you’ll miss me). Early Thursday… Read on



Part Four: Saying goodbye to Dave

I had the good fortune to have a big sit down with Jimmy Kimmel back in January at his office in Hollywood. We touched on a lot of things, one being David Letterman’s imminent retirement. Letterman’s last Late Show–which will feature his favourite band The Foo Fighters–airs Wednesday night at 11:35 on CBS and OMNI1.… Read on


Part Three: Saying goodbye to Dave

About ten years ago I was arriving at the Universal Hilton near Hollywood and catching up with a TCA press tour in progress. Who do I run into out in the hall but Amy Sedaris. I snapped into reporter mode. After we bantered a bit about Strangers with Candy I started asking about her many appearances… Read on


This week’s podcast: Dave talk and Idol chatter

There’s a ton of Letterman chatter on this week’s radio chat with AM900 CHML’s Scott Thompson. Scott asks how I’d like to see it all end and I repeat my vision for the finale: Paul McCartney and Ringo return to the Ed Sullivan Theatre one last time and play “The End.” Dave walks off into… Read on


Colbert: CBS gets it exactly right

Colbert (right) in a 2011 appearance on Late Show with David Letterman Bill Carter has told me for at least two years that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman. On Thursday, CBS made it official. As Carter, the author of The War for Late Night as well as The Late Shift, would point out, Colbert… Read on