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Rupert Buttermilk
Apr 15, 2007

RowboatMan: Freezing time is an old P.I. trick...


Wait, what does that mean, Colbert isn't sure he'll return? They can't just stop the show, can they? I assume that means 'until they can return to the studio'? Although I'd completely understand wanting to, holy poo poo; the news even over the past 4 years has been absolute garbage.

Meanwhile/Quarantinewhile segments are gold, if only for the fact that they're not Trump related. Don't get me wrong, Colbert (and Seth) makes excellent points and jokes about the current administration, but jesus, I wouldn't be anywhere near mentally healthy enough to still be doing it, practically every day, while the news just seems to get worse.

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pwn
May 27, 2004

This Christmas get "Shoes"



Rupert Buttermilk posted:

Wait, what does that mean, Colbert isn't sure he'll return? They can't just stop the show, can they? I assume that means 'until they can return to the studio'? Although I'd completely understand wanting to, holy poo poo; the news even over the past 4 years has been absolute garbage.

Meanwhile/Quarantinewhile segments are gold, if only for the fact that they're not Trump related. Don't get me wrong, Colbert (and Seth) makes excellent points and jokes about the current administration, but jesus, I wouldn't be anywhere near mentally healthy enough to still be doing it, practically every day, while the news just seems to get worse.

At the end of last night’s show, he thanked his staff for eight weeks of home shows, said we’ll be off next week, and that he’ll “see you soon.” It definitely had vibes of, “the home shows have been fun. We’ll see you when we see you.”

Hopefully I’m reading too much into it. I like ‘em too.

tarlibone
Aug 1, 2014


Am I a... bad person?
AM I??


Fun Shoe

pwn posted:

At the end of last night’s show, he thanked his staff for eight weeks of home shows, said we’ll be off next week, and that he’ll “see you soon.” It definitely had vibes of, “the home shows have been fun. We’ll see you when we see you.”

Hopefully I’m reading too much into it. I like ‘em too.

If Colbert did go on hiatus until he can get back into the studio, I would understand. I like his show a lot, but of all the late night talk show hosts whose shows I occasionally watch, his has suffered the most from being done without an audience. And, he's been slowest to adapt to the new format.

Everyone's show was awkward at first, what with all the unnecessary pausing for laughter that didn't exist to die down.. But somehow, it's more glaring with Colbert. It's impossible not to notice. And as recently as last week, he was still pausing after more than half of his zingers. With an audience, that's necessary, because they're laughing. And if the joke bombs and they don't laugh, then you make that the joke, and then you get laughter. Letterman was a master when it came to dealing with jokes that bomb. Conan's not too bad at it. But pausing after every other joke when you're sitting in your den, talking to a camera? It's just weird. And he was the only one I saw who didn't get it until maybe some time late last week.

It's been bad enough that I have maybe watched 1 out of every 4 shows he's done lately. I love Colbert's show, but it's difficult to watch when he's doing it from home. He needs a crowd.

Sir Lemming
Jan 27, 2009

It's a piece of JUNK!

Oddly, you would expect Colbert to adapt to this situation more easily than the rest, since he has always been more of a sketch comedy guy and stand-up monologues were his weakest aspect. I'm not sure why he's trying so hard to stick to that format given the circumstances.

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


Nah, Colbert is more comfortable in front of a live audience, to the point where he still seems to be making the show for them instead of the viewers at home.

Rupert Buttermilk
Apr 15, 2007

RowboatMan: Freezing time is an old P.I. trick...


I absolutely love Seth's show, but I think he has to cut down acting out his examples by at least half. "That's like coming home late and your wife asking you where you were and not having a good answer..." and then he acts it out, which normally goes on way too long. Funny but could stand to be shorter.

If he did that half the time, I think it'd be fine.

Rupert Buttermilk fucked around with this message at 12:01 on May 23, 2020

whydirt
Apr 18, 2001


Gaz Posting Brigade


Sir Lemming posted:

Oddly, you would expect Colbert to adapt to this situation more easily than the rest, since he has always been more of a sketch comedy guy and stand-up monologues were his weakest aspect. I'm not sure why he's trying so hard to stick to that format given the circumstances.

His training background is in improv and stage acting, both of which heavily rely on audience reaction. The sketch stuff came later.

EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006
TUBGIRL ENTHUSIAST



Stare-Out posted:

Nah, Colbert is more comfortable in front of a live audience, to the point where he still seems to be making the show for them instead of the viewers at home.

Yeah I went to a Report taping a bunch of years ago, and it turned out the episode was a prerecord from the weekend so Steven turned up in casual wear, watched the episode with us and whenever it went to break just talked to the audience and answered questions. It was fantastic.

GreenNight
Feb 19, 2006
Turning the light on the darkest places, you and I know we got to face this now. We got to face this now.

EL BROMANCE posted:

Yeah I went to a Report taping a bunch of years ago, and it turned out the episode was a prerecord from the weekend so Steven turned up in casual wear, watched the episode with us and whenever it went to break just talked to the audience and answered questions. It was fantastic.

Thats weird as hell.

Stare-Out
Mar 11, 2010

not all who wander are lost


I get that it must be nice for the live audience and as such to Colbert, but as a viewer I find it kind of annoying when Colbert gives them so much freedom to hoot and holler and grind the show to a halt for a 10 second cheer session after every joke or mention of a democrat or republican (cheers/boos, respectively.) I haven't watched much of Seth or the two Jimmys but while Conan's audience does more or less the same, Conan usually jumps in with a funny comment or turns it into a joke while John Oliver just barrels through it immediately.

Nostalgia4Butts
Jun 1, 2006

WHERE MY HOSE DRINKERS AT

colbert was wayyyyyyy worse the first season, before they got a new producer that retuned it

thered be 3 full minutes on STEVEN chanting at the beginning


conan def made out the best from all this

jojoinnit
Dec 13, 2010

Strength and speed, that's why you're a special agent.


EL BROMANCE posted:

Yeah I went to a Report taping a bunch of years ago, and it turned out the episode was a prerecord from the weekend so Steven turned up in casual wear, watched the episode with us and whenever it went to break just talked to the audience and answered questions. It was fantastic.

There's either more context for this or its just a fever dream you had.

pwn
May 27, 2004

This Christmas get "Shoes"



jojoinnit posted:

There's either more context for this or its just a fever dream you had.

Seconding the need for the full story. Pretaped? You mean they recorded a whole show without an audience for some reason, then had y’all watch the recording and provide reactions? When was this? Who was in the episode? I desperately want to see this show.

DC Murderverse
Nov 10, 2016

"Tell that to Zod's snapped neck!"



pwn posted:

Seconding the need for the full story. Pretaped? You mean they recorded a whole show without an audience for some reason, then had y’all watch the recording and provide reactions? When was this? Who was in the episode? I desperately want to see this show.

they probably didn't know it was gonna be a pre-tape when they put the tickets out to request, so by the time they knew there wasn't gonna be a show, the options were either "tell everyone the show's off and disappoint them" or "have everyone come in and still get to meet/shoot the poo poo with Colbert while watching the episode they were supposed to see live"

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EL BROMANCE
Jun 10, 2006
TUBGIRL ENTHUSIAST



Sorry, I didn’t really consider that the situation didn’t happen very often. Details!

As poster above said, applied for tickets for that day online ages in advance the moment they went up. I think there was a twitter bot for heads up and I knew we’d be free that particular day so I checked for all the shows that taped in Manhattan. Was psyched when Colbert came up. Date was April 8, 2013.

A few days before, the guest is announced and it’s Bill Clinton. Oh gently caress, an actual president! That’s kinda cool and beats out an author of a book I’ll never read. I’m a Brit who was there on vacation so hell yeah.

Go to the taping and talking to people in the room and they knew what had happened - the episode was pretaped on the weekend at an event elsewhere and was going to be aired as a half hour interview rather than a regular episode. I can’t remember at what point they officially told us this, it might’ve been Steven himself when he came out. Everything they did before hand was exactly the same as what they’d do for a normal taping with the warm up guy. It was awesome they made sure we had the exact same experience as any other audience, as I know you’re not supposed to apply for tickets more than once a... year? Something like that.

But yeah, Steven comes out casual and apologizes that it wasn’t going to be a normal show but says we’ll watch the episode together and when it cuts for commercial he’ll do Q&A with the audience. Always heard that was the best part of the show anyway, so we got like... 4x as much Steven talking as himself. A rare thing then, and man even though I remember zero of the details because my memory sucks, he was just awesome to listen to talking off cuff and about his life to questions I’m sure he’d had a thousand times before.

My friend who I went with hadn’t heard of him before I got the tickets, Report wasn’t big at home but he worked for a multinational company in London so his friends knew and was jealous. He said he loved the experience.

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