Stephen Colbert vs John Stewart

United States
December 5, 2008 1:40pm CST
Do you watch either of their shows? Do you like one over the other? Frankly the Daily Show is one of my favorite tv shows. It is absolutely hilarious and sometimes even a good source of news. I like the Colbert show but I just don't get why it is so funny for him to pretend that he's a staunch conservative. I do think it's funny how he likes to force himself into the spotlight and pretend he's a huge celebrity though haha. But the reason why I think both are great because not only do they bring a comic look at politics and current events, but they bring a lot of interesting people and politicians on the show and have some very odd conversations with them.
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@xParanoiax (6999)
• United States
6 Dec 08
If I'm watching tv, then I'm probably watching The Daily Show or the Colbert Report. I usually catch it online everyday though, it's an excellent source of news...and it makes me laugh, so I love it. They'll touch on alot of stuff the national news won't touch, AND make fun of the national news in the same swoop...and they're on television for all to see. We need stuff like The Colbert Report and the Daily Show I think, I think our country really does.
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• United States
5 Dec 08
stephen colbert all the way he is alot funnier and makes me want to watch his shoe every day.
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• United States
5 Dec 08
show not shoe
• United States
6 Dec 08
Speaking of shoes, he's selling his boots on ebay...
@Latrivia (2889)
• United States
6 Dec 08
"I like the Colbert show but I just don't get why it is so funny for him to pretend that he's a staunch conservative. I do think it's funny how he likes to force himself into the spotlight and pretend he's a huge celebrity though haha." The entire premise of the Colbert Report is to satirize Bill O'Reilly from the Fox news network. O'Reilly comes off as an pompous jerk who equates blind nationalism and *his brand* of conservatism as being patriotic. It's this self-righteous outlook that Colbert is making fun of in his show. Of the two personalities I like Colbert the best, as his entire show is dedicated to making fun of one of the talk-show personalities I can't stand. Jon Stewart is okay, but his show is beginning to reek of actual partisanship, and it just doesn't seem as funny that way.
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• United States
7 Dec 08
I did notice that he does those talking points that O'Reilly does. I just didn't realize it was the premise for the whole show, LOL
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@YamiKiba (938)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I watch Jon Stewart occasionally when I get the time. I saw a clip of Colbert, but I think he comes off too harsh for so reason. And he's pretending to be a conservative? I thought he was a conservative lol. I prefer Jon Steward because he's funny but at the same time, he doesn't have the sarcasm, harshness Colbert has in his tone of voice. That's just me though. The odd conversations with politicians part is really fun to watch. ^^
• United States
6 Dec 08
Well maybe he is a conservative in real life, but if he is, he definitely has a good sense of humor about himself. And seeing how much he loves himself I highly doubt that! Haha! Plus during the election he was promoting McCain and he brought on the Socialist candidate for president because Colbert was trying to "prove" that Obama was a Socialist. But of course the Socialist candidate corrected him. I don't think he would do that if he was a conservative.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I watch them both every night and it's almost impossible to choose one over the other because they each have their own unique style which they bring to their shows. I will say that when it comes to having politicians on as guests and actually doing a semi-serious interview Stewart wins. Honestly, I've seen him ask tougher questions of candidates and other politicians than some of the "serious" journalists do and he does it in a funny way. Some people are critical because it's been widely reported that a lot of young people, especially college students, get much of their "news" from shows like these but I say if it works that's great. If it stirs their interest it may make them pay more attention. I remember when I was that age, even though I was interested in politics from the time I was very young it was still hard for me to stay focused on the stuffy and boring shows like "Meet the Press". Kids need something to grab and hold their attention. Annie
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• United States
6 Dec 08
I hate when people try to criticize John Stewarts show as biased or whatever... of course he always tells them that he can be biased because it's a comedy show, lol. But I think that a lot of politicians take John Stewart more seriously than Colbert. Sometimes too seriously. I agree about a source of news, although I hope that it's not anyone's ONLY source of news because they tend only to give one side of every story. But they do a pretty good job of summarizing all of the important current events. And they play some videos that the news might be afraid to play.
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@soooobored (1187)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Stephen Colbert isn't strong enough to carry a show, he's a niche comedian so far as I can tell. However, nothing John Stewart has ever done will ever top some of the early Colbert segments on The Daily Show. Overall, John Stewart is a better host, and has a better show (for my tastes!)
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• United States
6 Dec 08
I like John Stewart better. Colbert is a bit too over the top for me. I think John Stewart is more personable on the show and conducts much better interviews.
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@crazydaisy (3899)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
I really enjoy them. cd
• India
6 Dec 08
Yeah ......daily show is the favoueite for me too. It brings to us the current affairs in a humour manner
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
5 Dec 08
I don't really watch much tv actualy, except for news and geek-tv like discovery-science, history channel and national geographic. I've seen both shows, Colbert is kinda sorta funny sometimes when he puts his mind to it, I can at least respect his dry wit. John stewart is just an idiot, can't stand him.
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@irishidid (8714)
• United States
5 Dec 08
Jon Stewart is not who he claims to be and I have proof. None of what I just said should be taken seriously. Unless you choose to believe!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnE7S6mXoIo
• United States
6 Dec 08
Wow... that's hilarious. I have definitely seen that movie a long time, I didn't even realize that John Stewart was in it! That was one of the dumbest movies ever hahaha!