The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is hosting a “reunion” of sorts of some of the biggest names in liberal television comedy. The people who will be coming to this “reunion” all used to work together on The Daily Show, but have since gone on to work on other projects.
The “reunion” is set for next Tuesday, May 9, and will feature Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Stewart used to be the host of The Daily Show, before handing it off to South African-born comedian Trevor Noah. Stewart now works with his wife on animal rights issues and as an executive producer on Colbert’s show, among other things. Colbert took over The Late Show after famed television personality David Letterman’s retirement.
Colbert, in his time on the show, has finished off his transition from ironic conservative comedy folk hero to mainstream critic of the president. His show continues to dominate the ratings for its class, and The Hollywood Reporter notes that the “reunion” announcement comes as The Late Show seeks to maintain its ratings dominance over The Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon. Colbert’s show “recently celebrated its 13th week of victory over Tonight in total viewers.”
Colbert came over to The Late Show after hosting his own program on Comedy Central. Fallon, for his part, took over Jay Leno’s old show after the latter’s retirement.
Samantha Bee and John Oliver both have their own relatively successful programs, after apparently getting their start on The Daily Show alongside Stephen Colbert. Bee hosts a show on TBS called Full Frontal and Oliver hosts a show on HBO called Last Week Tonight. Bee’s show is the newest of the group, and she’s also fresh off hosting an event that she called “Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”
All of these comics have made names for themselves through establishing themselves as fierce critics of the Trump administration. Trump has always taken “comedic” critiques of himself very personally, suggesting, for instance, after an especially biting Saturday Night Live episode, that the show should be cancelled. That’s obviously a far too volatile and hypersensitive person to generally allow anywhere near the White House, but it’s a little too late for that.
Colbert has come under fire recently for making what some have deemed a homophobic joke about Trump’s relationship to Russian President Vladimir Putin. At the very least, he most certainly turned homosexuality into a punchline, so it’s not exactly far-fetched for people to suggest that his “joke” was homophobic.
Colbert has responded to the controversy by simply telling viewers that if they don’t like what he’s saying, then they can change the channel. Colbert has drawn supporters as stunning as Fox News host Sean Hannity, who exhorted his Twitter followers along the same lines, saying that if they didn’t like Colbert, then they should just stop watching.
Stewart has appeared on Colbert’s show a number of times since his departure from The Daily Show, always to wide acclaim.