Meet The Woman Behind Stephen Colbert’s Game&Changing Guest&Booking Strategy

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Bill Clinton to Appear on ‘Late Show With Stephen Colbert’.

So far, Stephen Colbert has not completely re-wired the late-night television machine with his particular brand of arch, sharp comedy. First lady Michelle Obama said Monday on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” she has a four-item bucket list to perform as soon as she moves out of the White House which, if everything goes as planned and her husband doesn’t invade Texas and suspend the Constitution, will be in January 2017.When the 31-year-old South African comic inherited Jon Stewart’s desk Monday night, he opened the Comedy Central show with words of praise for his predecessor. “I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge one man, and that’s Jon Stewart,” Noah said. “Thank you for believing in me.

New York, NY (CBS DC)– So many people take for granted the fact they can open the windows in their car or go shopping at Target without secret service. He still knows how to go star-powered clip to star-powered clip with the viral-mad Jimmys—Fallon and Kimmel—by, say, pondering life’s mysteries with Scarlett Johansson or “silly walking” with Lupita Nyong’o. I am not quite sure what you saw in me, but I’ll work hard every day to find it, and I’ll make you not look like the crazy old dude who left his inheritance to some random kid from Africa.” Those words echoed the similarly effusive praise that Stephen Colbert heaped on his predecessor, David Letterman, when Colbert premiered as the new host of CBS’ “Late Show” Sept. 8. “As hard as we have worked to make it to this day, there is no way I would be here right now if not for the man who graced this stage for 22 years,” Colbert said. “The comedy landscape is so thickly planted with the forest of Dave’s ideas, we sometimes need to remind ourselves just how tall he stands. The former president will talk to Colbert on the Oct. 6 episode of the “Late Show.” The appearance comes following the conclusion of the 11th Clinton Global Initiative, which will likely be a topic of conversation for the two, along with wife Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential campaign. But the remaining three items likely weren’t expected from the woman Colbert had just dubbed “the biggest superstar I’ve had on the show so far,” using the fact that Obama had been received with much more fanfare than even George Clooney as evidence.

They were these everyday actions: open a window, go to Target and drive. “I can’t open my windows, I really can’t,” the first lady lamented, before detailing the extent of her security. “One day as a treat, my lead agent would let me have the windows open on the way to Camp David. But in at least one crucial way, Colbert is breaking with years of late-night tradition by booking guests who, while certainly high-powered, are not necessarily ready for their closeups. His creative legacy is a high pencil mark on a door frame that we all have to measure ourselves against.” All this nice playing in the sandbox, the collegiality that’s permeated late-night and its new generation of hosts, is a far cry from just a few years back — when Oprah Winfrey had to sit between Letterman and his nemesis, “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, when they filmed a Super Bowl commercial for “Late Show.” And they weren’t acting. Their frostiness toward each other was real, dating back to the early ’90s, when Leno schemed to get the “Tonight Show” gig from its heir apparent, Letterman — leading to their decades-long feud.

Enjoy it.’ I was like, ‘thanks.’” #62MillionGirls is an awareness campaign that asks social media users to tweet or upload a photo of themselves and say what they learned in school. “Our goal is to make sure that every girl on the planet gets the opportunities that our girls get,” Obama told Colbert about the initiative. “Right now, today, 62 million girls – 62 million girls – worldwide are not in school. And remember just five years ago, when Conan O’Brien was crashing and burning at “The Tonight Show” and made no secret of his dislike of the predecessor helping to push him out? They’re young women like Malala Yousafzai.” Obama made clear that opportunity separates those who succeed from those who do not, recalling the break she had when she was a young girl living on the South Side of Chicago to go to a college prep school an hour and a half away. “There are kids just as bright as me who didn’t get those opportunities, so I think about that every single day,” Obama said. “That’s one of the reasons I’m so passionate about not only international education, but education period.” During their conversation, Colbert pointed out that Laura Bush left a letter for her successor in her final days as first lady. “If we have a female president next, would you leave a letter for her husband?” Colbert asked Obama, who said yes.

Our audience is interested in knowing about the people who are harnessing technology to reorder the way we live.” Since Colbert’s premiere earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have been guests on the show—guests who would seem more at place on Colbert’s previous politically minded satirical platform The Colbert Report. The one thing he would need to know more than anything else about the job? “I would say follow your passion, just be you,” she said diplomatically. But as Lazar explains, what she’s looking for when booking guests like inventor and designer Dominic Wilcox, who’s on the docket for this Tuesday, is the broad description of anyone at the top of their respective games—and who exhibit that catchall buzzword “authenticity.” “If you have ideas, or if you have interests, or you have a body of knowledge that is genuine, that you have committed your life to, we are infinitely interested in that,” Lazar says. “Because at the end of the day, Stephen has to talk to a person and that person has to represent their ideas and their beliefs and their motivation persuasively.

The current crop of late-night hosts are so complimentary of each other these days, that when Letterman signed off “Late Show” in May, Kimmel aired a repeat against his comedic idol. There are nine people who interpret our constitution and basically validate what is law for 350 million people—I want to hear from one of those nine people.” “How many hundreds of millions of people use Apple products?

We can pull the curtains back on somebody who is basically creating our technological futures.” “He’s an interesting person for us because he’s changing the equation between workers and employers and what the expectations are for people who go to work and who can work.”

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