We’ve seen many beloved hosts come and go, move around, and trade places… mostly with each other. The transitions ranged from public beefs like Jay Leno and David Letterman to supportive hugs between Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, and who can forget Jay and Jimmy humorously passing the torch with their West Side Story spoof duet “Tonight, Tonight.” No matter how they went out or arrived, these funny men and women (represent, Chelsea Handler!) give us nightly laughs wind down with and an excuse to stay up late, eating a whole pack of ring dings (it doesn’t count if it’s that late, amiright?).
CBS has confirmed that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show in 2015 and we have to admit that it’s an amazing choice. Sure, it would have been incredible to see a hilarious woman or comic of color take the reins of CBS’s late night show, but we have to admit that Stephen Colbert is going to rule late night.
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It’s a sad day for everyone who ever put on a wolf costume, got sent to bed without dinner and/or dreamed of being fierce rulers of our own private island. Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, died early this morning at age 83 of complications from a stroke, according to the New York Times.
In 1963, when he first published the story of rebellious Max and his adventures as the king of a tribe of monsters, it was a huge departure from the safe Dick and Jane world of children’s literature. Now generations of us will recall identifying with Max’s anger, fear, euphoria and melancholy — for some of us, it’s the blueprint for the way we’ve wanted to feel about every fictional character that follows.
Sendak himself had a curmudgeonly, Max-ish reputation, which probably initially grew from growing up an underprivileged, gay Jew in Brooklyn. It also made for a hilarious interview with Stephen Colbert in January, as he railed against ebooks, mice, celebrity children’s books authors and Newt Gingrich.
“I didn’t set out to make children happy!” he said. Sorry, Maurice, you did.
Every year, Time does a pretty decent job combining pop culture personalities with businesspeople and super important political types for their 100 Most Influential People list, and this year is no exception. We’ll let you read about Hillary Clinton and Anthony Kennedy on your own time. We’re going to recap the people on the list who have some pretty hefty influence on these very blog pages. Here’s how they rank — in our expert opinion of ourselves — and why:
22. Tim Cook: For being Steve Jobs’ successor as CEO of Apple, from whom we will be buying lots of things until the end of time, even though we are still PC people.
21. Marc Andreessen: For being the co-creator of the first widely used web browser (Mosaic), who now owns part of, like every social media platform we use. So, thanks!
20. Walter Isaacson: One more geeky entry here for the Steve Jobs biography, since every other person we know has been reading it.
19. Louis C.K.: For being one of the most consistently funny people on TV and Web ever.
18. Jeremy Lin: Not necessarily for what he’s done for the Knicks as much as for what he’s done for punny headlines and tweets.
17. Raphael Saadiq: For making old-school soul so now.
In 1996, NBA rebound king Dennis Rodman got his own reality show, The Rodman World Tour. Almost a decade later, Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert struck out solo with The Colbert Report. Both loudmouths were born on May 13th. Which one is older?
While promoting the upcoming animated film Monsters Vs. Aliens on the Today Show this morning, Stephen Colbert proudly detailed his latest stunt. NASA is hosting an online contest to name a portion of the space station currently called Node 3. The Colbert Nation has successfully put “COLBERT” in the lead by over half a million votes. Additional (and boring, in our opinion) contenders include “Legacy,” “Serenity,” and “Earthrise.” With voting ending tomorrow, and a promise from NASA that they’ll honor the voting results, it looks like Colbert may have entered a new level of stardom. Diddy will be so jealous.