JIM CREES: Colbert gets a new job
So ... Stephen Colbert has been tagged to replace David Letterman as host on the CBS Late Night TVshow.
This is apparently big news.
I have to report that I really don’t care all that much.
I liked Colbert on Comedy Central. “Of course you would!” you say. “You’re a bleeding-heart liberal!”
Whatever. Still, I don’t know how good he will be in the Late Night format. He’s talented, but this is a different style of program, with a different style of schtick.
Still, we’ll need to wait and see.
I am also not impressed with Jay Leno’s replacement — Jimmy Fallon.
In the Leno-Letterman competition, I was a Leno fan. And, by the way, I was a big fan of Jimmy Fallon back in the Saturday Night Live days.
But, he doesn’t seem to be “translating” well on the Tonight show. I just don’t find him all that funny. He is way too giggly and silly.
Giggly and silly isn’t necessarily funny.
Frankly, all these changes benefit me a lot. I’m getting to bed much earlier!
I used to look forward to Jay’s opening and some of his second acts — such as Monday night’s “Headlines.” But then I’d hit the sack before the interviews.
Now I can start my snooze time as soon as I’ve seen the weather.
So, we have Colbert replacing Letterman.
It has been interesting to see the intensity of scrutiny and level of commentary which the Colbert assignment has been given — especially from his detractors.
The guys on the right are just about soiling their britches.
I mean, I honestly don’t much care one way or the other while I suppose I should theoretically be the guy breaking open the bubbly.
They, on the other hand — the Rush Limbaughs and the Bill O’Reillys — are situating themselves on a dung heap, scraping their sores, putting on the sackcloth and covering themselves in ashes.
It is all “Woe is me!” and “What is this country coming to?”
Really? Colbert is a comedian who you can choose to like, or not.
If you like him — turn up the volume and enjoy a chuckle.
If you don’t like him — turn off the tube and read a book, (preferably one of O’Reilly’s works of historical fiction!)
But their reactions???
Limbaugh totally flipped out. “CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America,” he sputtered.
“No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatism. Now it’s just wide out in the open.
“What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny, and a redefinition of what is comedy.
“They’re blowing up the 11:30 format. They hired a partisan, so-called comedian, to run a comedy show.”
It’s always interesting that Rush sees everybody who is categorically the opposite of himself as “partisan” but he doesn’t realize what a slanted hack and a buffoon he is on his own.
Then there is Bill O’Reilly. Bill is simply apoplectic.
“Colbert has built an entire career on pleasing the left,” O’Reilly complained.
Really!!??!! And O’Reilly has built a career ... exactly how?
O’Reilly suggested Colbert will face an uphill battle duking it out with fellow late night comedians and program hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Uncle Bill said those two were “...high energy guys who want to have a good time on their show.’
And Colbert??? Wellllllllll ... not exactly sluggish in his performances.
O’Reilly is so distraught over Colbert’s being tagged for the Letterman job he came out declaring him the whole if not sole culprit in “... the destruction of America.”
Stephen Colbert is single-handedly responsibly for the downfall of this nation?
The guys on Wall Street; the crooks in America’s investment banks; the real estate scammers; the Big Business flim-flam men; and the collective demolition team in Washington, (both Dems and the GOP), are all OK?
But the guy who laughs at them and holds them up to ridicule is destroying the fiber of this nation?
Whoa! Take it easy there, Bill!
There are a lot of people out there unraveling the fiber of this nation, but they ain’t guys like Colbert or Jon Stewart.
The guys who are really destroying this country are dressed a lot more natty, and have a lot more gravitas.
And they often call themselves patriots.