Skip to comments.Amid praise for Stephen Colbert, some ask: What about diversity in late night?
Posted on 04/13/2014 7:28:49 AM PDT by dynachrome
The choice of comedian Stephen Colbert as the replacement for David Letterman ignited a battle of words online Thursday: While little doubt exists that Mr. Colbert is as funny, clever, charming, and goofy as Mr. Letterman, some media voices loudly complained that the decision by CBS now means that network late-night television will largely remain the domain of white male hosts.
When Letterman announced last week that he will step down from the Late Show in 2015, television critics immediately started pooling names of possible replacements: comedians W. Kamau Bell, Ellen DeGeneres, Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler, Tig Notaro, Amy Poehler, Retta, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, and Aisha Tyler, among others all of whom are either female or black or both.
Looking at the hilarious women across the rest of the TV dial in sitcoms, Comedy Central shows, and Saturday Night Live the idea that there are no women funny and likable enough to helm a TV show past 11:30 p.m. is increasingly absurd, Esther Breger wrote
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A buffoon playing a buffoon on TV. It was easy for his writers in his current show; there weren’t too many expectations for a buffoon.
It will be interesting to see if he can even break past the normal childishness of his typical current viewer and convincingly satiate the viewer who is accustomed to ole bucktooth....a despicable shell of a man.
That’s what I was thinking. I was kind of hoping Whoopi Goldberg was going to get the gig.
Another good question would be what about comedy in late night shows. That’d be a really good question. Find someone who is funny.
Hasn’t Ellen Degeneres had her own show twice already? She needs a third show now too... really?
Mr Clobert is as funny,clever,charming and goofy as Mr Letterman.
Talk about diminished expectations!
As long as Ellen doesn’t dance. I think Ellen does critters too. Gotta have critters.
Colbert is leftist scum.
someone like Jimmy Kimmel who can be sometimes left leaning, would be more even handed.
I’m opposed to quotas except when it comes to a liberal losing his job. I just ask them to voluntarily check the box that says, “Yes, I am willing to give up my job for a quota hire.”
Rush should get a group of investors to buy one of the networks. Present an alternative across the board. I actually might start watching TV again if that happened.
For cryin’ out loud - it is never enough for these PC clowns.
but only female critters.
What seems to be "funny" to people who need to get up in the morning to go to work, and to people who do not need to get up in the morning to go to work probably differs. (But I'm all for increasing diversity in late night TV -- narrow the demographic even more than it already is!)
How bout some diversity at BET?
That bad, huh?
Ellen is also out of Los Angeles.
IIRC Whoopi had a late night talk show that lasted on episode.
When I think of comedy, I think of Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, George Burns, & Tig Notaro.
What about diversity of political agenda?
Pray America wakes up
I agree. These goobers are not worth losing any sleep over; they’re totally predictable. They might as well have laugh tracks so people will know there was a joke.
There are a lot of people that don’t know Stephen Colbert was playing a character. Jon Stewart is the funny, engaging liberal, and Colbert was playing the part of a racist, homophobic, war-mongering conservative so that clueless college students can clearly see that their left-wing professors are telling the truth.
Because of Colbert’s work for the left, he was able to emerge from the recent racial controversy involving Suey Park unscathed, and even get a promotion.
It is funny how when the left needs someone, they have no problem pushing diversity to the side, and picking who they want. It just proves that even they know diversity is nonsense. It’s just a hammer they use to bash conservatives with.
Heh, heh. The hell you say.
Okay. Katie Couric then.
There’s only one thing to do: Boycott Late Night (after all, what’s good for Libs, is good everywhere !!)
Is that damning with faint praise, sarcasm, or straight writing?
Saw the headline ands thought “diversity” late night would be about having hosts who weren’t all pinkos.
How about Victoria Jackson!?
That would be a hoot.
Which is a choice between death by hanging or death by the electric chair. CBS already had a replacement named Craig Ferguson who is twice as funny as Colbert and Letterman combined.
They already tried it: Arsenio stunk. Plus, Richards Simmons is too old now.
There are plenty of talented comics that should have been obvious choices for this gig. I would have loved to have seen Aziz Ansari have his own show. He definitely has the persona that would be entertaining, and he could actually hold an interview that wont be boring. He also is more likable in a way that wont become annoying.
Instead they drag this walking shtick over in hopes that he will bring his deranged army of hipster fans that these days sees every hack “ironic” stunt done by people like him and Fallon as genius.
It will become nothing but a war to see whose made for YouTube skit can be passed around the most.
And in between you will get tons of leftist advocacy.
Late night isn’t for diversity.
It’s to kick around conservatives
Way ahead of you. Haven't watched late night talk shows in years.
Hmmm... Should have pick Dennis Miller if they wanted ratings.
Not many people want to watch a black guy except other black guys.
Comedic actresses are funny...Tina Fey, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and a few others, but the vast majority of female stand-up comics (the type of comic best suited to the late night talk format) are just annoying, not funny...Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, the Asian woman (can't even remember her name), etc.
Network executives care about one thing: ratings. Ratings drive revenues. If Les Moonves thought a black or a woman would draw the biggest ratings he would have hired one.
And then there's the audience: Predominately young white males.
So there ya have it. The explanation to the phony "lack of diversity" among late night talk show hosts.
What about diversity on the basketball court??? We need more 5’6” Latinos! Latinos dream about coming here to play basketball and make millions and millions... It’s not FAIRRRRR!
They weren’t available.
Just what I was thinking. Besides, I think Arsenio is back. Makes me think of Dana Carvey doing “Carsenio”. Hilarious.
tried it..didn’t work...ARSENIO anybody ?
The off switch on my TV is flawless. My cable bill
is also a flawless $0. Yammer away about diversity on
something that has zero influence. My life is never
conflicted over a TV show schedule.
Did anyone ask Ellen about this? She seems to be doing fine on her own.
Dennis Miller would be awesome.
Not that anyone noticed.
They seem to have plenty of lesbians in daytime TV, why not leave late-night to white men?
No Bush hispanic love for Arsenio?
part if the problem with the niche celebrity mentioned is not that they don't appeal to broader audiences, butt hat they have shown no interest in doing so. If you are making fun of people outside you're core demographic, then you can't expand your demographics. When thrust into the spotlight, they will flip the channel.
you have to have someone that's, foremost, going to entertain, not going to pursue an agenda. Rosie O'Donnell, for all who will complain about her, had an entertaining show in NY, revived Broadway, brought our culture to the country ... Until she had Tom Selleck on her show. She thought her popularity meant people would automatically agree with her. Instead it was the beginning of the end.
As for Colbert, I think this is great. the Colbert Report will go off the air. His "character" will have to "die" maybe to be briefly resurrected in 5 minute segments, and he'll have to be himself, if we can figure out who that is. The guy who was on Whose Line, maybe? I predict massive ratings, like whine letterman first went up against Leno. And I predict that Fallon's slow and steady course will win the race, like when letterman went up against Leno? Colbert will fail miserably, after a fashion, and leave or be dumped in about 5 years.
A better model might be Howard Stern's popularity before and after going to satellite radio. That will be colbert's future. the big fish in the small pond will disappear in the ocean of late night.