I thought it was time these two shows got their own thread. Since they run back to back up here, I kept them back to back in the same place.
LOVE these shows!! Am rarely awake to watch them, so I tape them for great enjoyment later.
I hope this doesn't affect the show too much. This just in:
Executive producer quits The Daily Show, Colbert Report
The Emmy-winning executive producer behind The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and its spinoff, The Colbert Report, is stepping down.
Ben Karlin, who joined The Daily Show in 1999, will leave the Comedy Central network at the end of December.
Doug Herzog, the president of the network, said Karlin was overwhelmed by working on two shows.
"Ben has been doing this a long time," Herzog told the New York Times in an interview published Saturday. "Four nights a week. Forty-some odd weeks a year."
The Daily Show has collected a total of nine Emmys including four trophies for best variety or comedy series and five for outstanding writing in a comedy program.
The 35-year-old Karlin shared the 2005 Thurber Prize for American Humor with David Javerbaum and Stewart for their book, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction.
Herzog said the parting was amicable and Karlin will still serve as a consultant to both shows.
Karlin, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, served as writer and editor with the satirical paper The Onion until 1996, when he left for Hollywood.
He had a steady stream of work as a screenwriter, scripting movies such as Ice Age and Monkeybone before the executives at Comedy Central offered him the head writing job at The Daily Show in 1999.
"Ben's smart … He's like Neo," said Stewart in a 2005 interview with Broadcast & Cable magazine, referring to the main character played by Keanu Reeves in The Matrix movie series.
"The rest of us see everything in regular motion, but Ben sees the zeroes and ones, even while being attacked by 20 ninjas."
While the two programs only attract between 1.2 and 1.6 million viewers each week, they have been lauded for their razor-sharp satire of politics, pop culture and news. Guests often include musicians, actors, writers and politicians.