The Colbert Report is a comedy show that was created and is hosted by Stephen Colbert
. Jon Stewart
and Ben Karlin also helped with The Creation
of the show. Stephen Colbert
gained notoriety as a part of Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
. In this show, Colbert played a satirical television reporter with an innate ability to dead pan his lines during serious interviews without cracking a smile. Stephen Colbert
was able to parlay this capability into his own show that pokes fun at Republican political shows, specifically Fox News Bill O'Reilly
show, The O'Reilly Factor.
One notable facet of The Colbert Report deals with the title. Stephen Colbert
’s last name is pronounced with a soft "T" so that it sounds as though it is spelled as "Colbear." The Colbert Report builds on this aspect of his name pronunciation so that it is pronounced as "Colber Repor."
Some notable segments of The Colbert Report include: "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger" where in Colbert praises (via a tip of the hat) or chastises (via wagging his finger) at different politicians or events of the day, "The Word" where in Colbert provides a story about news of the day while on the screen behind him a running text pokes fun at those stories and "The ThreatDown" where in Colbert lists the five greatest threats to the United States.