Man oh man, am I sad today. Talk about an end of an era. I first discovered both The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert while channel surfing on September 12, 2002. To say I was hooked from the start would be an understatement. You don’t just happen to randomly remember what you watched on TV 12 years ago.
For me and millions of others, The Colbert Report wasn’t just a goofy comedy show, it was “must see TV” for the twenty-first century. I’d be flabbergasted if I missed more than 3 of the 1440+ episodes. I can’t think of a single show that flopped either. Sure, there were segments here or there that missed the mark, but overall Colbert was in my life and making me laugh more than any other stranger over the past decade. And all while in character! I can’t imagine what that must be like 🙂
I shouldn’t be tearing up all day like I have been. The man’s not dead! He’ll be back on TV before the end of next summer! I’m clearly biased, but there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll be amazing filling Letterman’s shoes. But for the next nine months, my evenings will be a tad dimmer. September is an eternity away right now.
To Stephen and everybody who ever put an hour of work into that show, I cannot thank you enough. Colbert is my comedy idol and if I ever have an ounce of his talent or charisma, I’ll die a happy man.