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US comedy pair sign until 2012

Comedy Central has stitched up The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report through to the next US presidential election in 2012.

Comedy Central has stitched up The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report through to the next US presidential election in 2012.

“That’s a big deal for us,” said Doug Herzog, the president of the MTV Networks Entertainment Group, which includes Comedy Central. “For us, election years are like Olympic years.”

The two politically oriented comedy shows hosted by the two stars have both seen big ratings bumps in presidential election years.

Colbert is locked into Comedy Central until Dec. 31, 2012, and Stewart a half-year longer.

“Of course we’d like to sign them for more years,” Mr. Herzog said. “They are still growing.”

“They are paid handsomely and there isn’t anything they haven’t accomplished, or can’t accomplish, from behind the desks at Comedy Central, from being on every magazine cover imaginable, to — in Jon’s case — hosting the Oscars.”

He added, “I’m not sure what else is left? Well, beating Conan.

Both shows air on ABC2, beginning from 7:15pm weeknights and on the Comedy Channel.

Source: NYTimes

8 Responses

  1. Both shows are comedic brilliance, Colbert’s my favourite obviously because the character he plays is just so damn funny, but Stewart comes in at a very close second. Whenever they both get together though, it’s just perfection.

  2. I also sometimes skip the interviews from time to time. Only if it seems someone or about something I don’t care enough about to watch. The problem is on the Daily Show, sometimes if it’s a comedian friend that Jon Stewart knows, they just laugh about private jokes for the whole interview. He also often never explains what some peoples films and books are actually about. So it gets to be a waste.

    Colbert which is the show I prefer, he often does the character too much in interviews which stops the interviewee often getting their points across.

    That said, they are often really good interviewers. Colberts very sharp and quick and Jon Stewart when he tries often gets into really good discussions and more on point with guests about issues than anyone else on TV seems to.

  3. I never doubted they would be back, still great news, i love them both, though often find myself skipping the interviews cause they are too american or just plain boring, which is why i iView it (well that and i dont have digital tv).

  4. Daily Show is more an ensemble piece – Stewart should not have to carry it (which he has been recently). Not so long ago they had Rob Cordray, Ed Helms, Steve Carell and Colbert. Now? John Oliver is the only real stand-out.

    Colbert has been on fire this year. They’re both doing the job the ‘real media’ in the US should be capable of.

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