Colbert’s gain, my loss

Breaking news this morning is that Stephen Colbert is leaving Comedy Central to take over CBS’ “Late Show” from David Letterman.

Sigh.

I wish I could get on board with this. After all, America’s funniest comedian is going to get a wider audience, and undoubtedly, boat-loads more cash. So, good for him, I guess.

But I worry that he won’t have the comedic freedom, I wonder whether he’ll remain in character (answered: no, so in and of itself that’s upsetting), and, I guess the biggest elephant in the room is the question of did CBS even consider anyone other than a white man? Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson, I mean c’mon now. The only woman in late night is Chelsea Handler, and that’s on E! (though not for long). Sure would be nice to see more diversity in late night comedy.

Look, I love Colbert and will follow him wherever he wants to go. Maybe Comedy Central can set an example and fill Colbert’s void with, I dunno, someone who is perhaps not white and/or not male.

Decision Made

I belong to an audiobook club, where I get one download a month, and I couldn’t find anything to use my latest credit on…until I read the following review for Stephen Colbert’s I Am America (and So Can You!).

“Now, I have to admit that I was a fan of his TV show, but it soon became apparent after listening to this book that it is not much more than a 3 hour homophobic diatribe. He starts out by saying that “baby carrots are trying to turn me gay” which, I also admit, caused me to chuckle a bit. But this guy is a racist, homophobic Republican who thinks the world should return to the good old days of the 50s. It’s not 1955 anymore…deal with it.”

Clearly, this reviewer is *not* a fan of his TV show, because that would imply they understand satire. That review alone cinched it. Book selected, and it has been a good selection. Maybe I should base more of my decisions on people’s poor reviews, rather than the positive ones. Because people are idiots.