Saturday, April 22, 2006

Late Night Roundup

I don't get a chance to watch much TV.

At least not like a lot of my blog friends out there who frequently write about the great shows they watch on a regular basis. And when I read their stuff I usually feel left out of the loop.

If I'm lucky, after the daily fires have been put out and the kids are in bed - about once or twice a week I get the chance to squeeze in part of the 9:00 (CST) drama of the evening. Something such as one of the CSI(s), Law and Order(s) or Without A Trace is usually what I end up with, all fairly decent shows but not a very diverse selection when it's all said and done.

Some people ask me why I don't just record the good stuff or buy TIVO. Well, I guess if I did that, I'd only end up with a pile of good stuff that I never have the time to watch either. So, until my kids are gone I don't even plan on being able to watch TV or movies. But someday!

However - what I DO get the chance to watch most nights is The Daily Show. And if it weren't for Jon Stewart I would probably sell my TV and cancel my cable subscription until I can grow up and have my own life.

For my money, Stewart is the best late-night talk show host in the business. As for the others...

  • Letterman is smart but his routines are sophomoric and redundant.
  • Leno is an idiot and couldn't interview his way out of a cardboard box.
  • Conan is funny and very quick but is on too late - that is until he eventually replaces Leno.
  • That Ferguson guy who replaced Kilborn? Whatever.
Yeah, I know there's other options out there as well, but none that compete in the time slot I can stay awake in.

But Stewart has it all. He's extremely intelligent, well informed, quick-witted and impossible not to like. And although he leans a bit to the left, he's ultimately an equal opportunity administration basher. I started watching him when Clinton was in office and he was every bit as funny then. The only problem I have with his show is that it's too short.

Here's a clip I particularly enjoyed the other night.

For those of you who consider Stewart a little too liberal - check out his spin-off show The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert. This right-side parody is Stewart's latest product and is fast becoming a runaway hit of its own. Like Stewart, Colbert is also extremely quick to the punch and has an amazing ability to ad-lib with his guests. And even though Colbert acts like he waves his Republican flag in your face, there's always an underlying tongue-in-cheek element to his ego-centric humor, which only makes it all that much funnier.

So if you feel like your favorite late-night show has gotten stale and you haven't seen The Daily Show or The Colbert Report yet, check them out. As far as I'm concerned they're currently the freshest flavor on the market!


Anonymous said...

I think Leno is a GENIUS...

... compared to Larry King! :-)

Mooselet said...

Another show we don't get over in Oz. We get Leno and Conan on The Comedy Channel (wtf, I know) and I think Letterman is on one of the networks sometime after midnight. I have seen The Daily Show in the past and snippets of it now and again, and I love it! I've never seen The Colbert Report, however.

Tori said...

Totally agree with you about The Daily Show...
and Colbert...
Bloody hilarious.
We Tivo it every night. Tivo is fab for the busy man by the way. You would NOT disagree if you get it.

Anonymous said...

without the Daily Show, I probably never would have been introduced to the genius that is Lewis Black.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Dave - I agree. I've seen some pretty sad moments from Senor Suspender.

Mooselet - Well, I can understand how things get turned a little upside there. Afterall, you ARE in the land "down under."

Tori - Thanks for stopping by! I've heard nothing but raves about TIVO so maybe I will check it out.

Chanakin - I LOVE Lewis Black! He's the only comedian I know who can make me laugh and raise my blood pressure at the same time.

Anonymous said...

I can't bear to watch Larry King anymore. He's embarrassing to both him and his guests. I get the feeling that half the time, he doesn't know what he's talking about or even know who his guests even are.