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The Colbert Report - (S09E18)

Talk-Show . Comedy . News

Michael Bloomberg issues post-Sandy travel mandates, Mitt Romney sways Billy Graham on Mormonism, and music marvel David Byrne teams up with St. Vincent.

Episode Title: David Byrne & St. Vincent
Airs: 2013-02-5 at 11:30 pm
  • Heather Havrilesky

    Not only does Colbert maintain his persona without skipping a beat throughout the entire show, but he's got great comic timing, the show's writers are brilliant, and the whole thing is pure foolish, bizarre, idiotic fun at Bill O'Reilly's expense.

    Salon Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    In the run-up to the show it all sounded a bit hard to get your head around, but in the flesh the show zinged, at least this first week.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alessandra Stanley

    Mr. Colbert's on-camera persona may not wear well over the long term, but for now at least "The Colbert Report" is a worthy spinoff, an icy-cold beer chaser to the shot of whiskey that is "The Daily Show."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Gilbert Cruz

    Colbert proves that the line between serious TV journalism and utter nonsense is a very thin one indeed. [4 Nov 2005, p.67]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    The biggest question hanging over "The Colbert Report" is whether the show’s sendup of the pomposity and fear-mongering of cable news blowhards will be as appealing in the long term as "The Daily Show’s" satire of public figures and the news media as a whole.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    One of Colbert's strengths has always been wordplay, which is in full force on ''The Colbert Report" and gives the show an added level of wit.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    "The Daily Show" spinoff has gotten off to an impressive start with a topnotch premiere followed by a respectable second outing that underscores just how challenging it will be to sustain this half-hour high-wire act four nights a week.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    It's got a way to go to become a polished program, but made a very solid and affable first impression.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Unlike Daily anchorman Jon Stewart, he's not only ridiculing the headlines but mocking himself. This is closer to acting than comedy, and it may be tougher. But Stephen Colbert is a great American and deserves our support. And suppore. [7 Nov 2005, p.41]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Mike McDaniel

    When it is clicking, The Colbert Report is Countdown on mescaline -- occasionally brilliant, occasionally loopy, definitely entertaining.

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Barry Garron

    The new show dovetails nicely with its lead-in to present a solid hour of skewered news and punctured pomposity.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    By its very nature, the position Colbert occupies—the butt of his own show's joke—seems more difficult to sustain than Stewart's role as the eternal observer.

    Slate Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Colbert was an invaluable part of the Daily Show, but as the whole show, he's not enough and too much simultaneously.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    It's more an intellectual, in your head, "hey, that's clever," than a laugh-out-loud funny.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Melanie McFarland

    A few kinks are painfully apparent. Foremost among them is the blowhard persona Colbert forces on us for half an hour. It feels like a weaker extension of "The Daily Show."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Nancy Franklin

    Colbert is very skillful at parodying people who are already parodies of themselves, and his show is a lot sharper than most of what passes for comedy on TV. At the end of the day, though--a day, say, on which a President says something foolish, or a Supreme Court nominee has to step aside, or a White House aide is indicted--the voice you’ll most want to hear is still Jon Stewart’s.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    This would be hilarious, except that political talk TV has become such a parody of itself that watching them is more than enough comedy for anybody.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    Monday’s premiere was one of the most nearly perfect half-hours of television I’ve ever seen.... [But] I can’t imagine tuning in “The Colbert Report” four nights a week just to watch a caricature.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Smart fun.... But Report often feels like an overlong, overindulged sketch.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Keelin McDonell

    It turns out that it's a lot easier to make fun of the news than to parody the people who deliver it.

    The New Republic Full Review
  • Stephen Kiehl

    What worked so well in short Daily Show-sized bites wears thin over a half-hour program.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Adam Sternbergh

    It’s an astute parody, but it suffocates the show, sealing The Colbert Report under a hermetic layer of irony.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review

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