One starting difference between Stephen Colbert on The Late Show and on The Colbert Report -- unlike Comedy Central, CBS won't be re-running the night before's episode several times throughout the next day. I'm sure though that the Colbert website will at least be posting the highlights and perhaps even full episodes, at least.
I'm not going to review the first night because...it was the first night. Shows need time to develop. I'll just say that I think Colbert is a really smart guy, very talented and highly likable, and the first show was fine -- some things worked wonderfully, some just fair. I suspect that that will always be the case.
(I'll just make one observation. Jeb! Bush looked uncomfortable and even wary during his entire interview. If he didn't want to go on and risk being ridiculed, that's fine -- but he did go on. And if this is how he reacts to talking with a comic actor, it doesn't bode well for being president. Point of reference: Colbert did not ridicule him, and was quite polite, with only a couple of very mild, pointed questions, all of which Mr. Bush should be well-preferred for by now, but still doesn't appear to be. Seriously, how can he not be spot-on impeccably prepared for -- I'm sure you love your brother, but how do you differ from him on politics? He answered it with a hesitant quip, but had to be prompted for a more substantive answer. For what it's worth, the interview appeared t be edited, I assume for time)
If you missed the show, here's how it opened -- just like any self-respecting sporting event in the good old U.S. of A does --
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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