Both shows are Comedy Central's political comedy power hour, featuring great correspondents, notable recurring segments, and the occasional beat-down by Jon Stewart in interviews
. Both shows have a reputation of calling politicians and media figureheads out on their bullshit
, each show in their own way.
The Daily Show is a news parody program, and features a team of correspondents to provide additional commentary with Jon Stewart, whether in studio or "on the scene" on breaking stories, as well as filing special reports on some really dumb shit that goes on in the country (such as John Oliver's reports filed from the Republican Convention held in Hawaii in early 2010). Larry Wilmore is the show's senior black correspondent, appearing less frequently than the main cast of correspondents. The show also features Comedians Lewis Black and John Hodgman, who provide commentary via supporting segments (Back in Black and Your Welcome, respectively) on a less frequent basis than Larry Wilmore. Appearing on an even less frequent basis are comedians Kristen Schaal and Josh Gad. Finally, Mick Foley has made contributions to the show, because he's awesome.
The Colbert Report styles things in a different manner. It parodies political commentary shows (The O'Reilly Factor, most notably) and tackles things from a right-wing view (again, parodied). The show focuses squarely on the notorious character that is Stephen Colbert. Prior to the guest interview of the evening, in which Colbert soaks up all the fanfare after introducing his guest AS HE DESERVES, he tackles a variety of stories in the media through many segments. This includes Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger, the Threat Down, Cheating Death with Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A., Nailed 'Em, and the ever popular The Wørd (my personal favorite). Colbert has used his fame to attain all manner of things, including getting his name aboard a space station module on a treadmill. Colbert also uses his fame and character to throw support toward charities, because he's a classy gentleman that way.
Both hosts (Stewart and Colbert), in solidarity with the Writer's Strike of 2008, temporarily changed the name of their shows while employing no writers and also not writing any material that would normally be used. Upon the strike being over, both shows returned to their normal titles. Colbert went the extra mile airing a special show in which the proceeds went to the writers.
The Daily Show correspondent team:
Once a writer for King of the Hill and almost a cast member of Saturday Night Live, Wyatt joined TDS in 2008 and has been a smash hit once he found his mojo with the show. Frankly, fuck SNL, he's way better off here.
Debuted on the show in 2003, but joined in 2005. Married to Jason Jones. She's one of the longest standing members of the team and has a delightful snarkiness that has lured people out into making fools of themselves in her filed reports. She has a new book out, I Know I Am, But What Are You?
, which you should probably buy! Is always getting pregnant.
Seen here being a teenage hearth-throb. Started on the team in 2006 and became full time in 2007. Noted mostly for being the show's Senior Middle-Eastern correspondent. May also be Batman or a ninja. Keeping his third eye on you. Apparently he's like a badguy in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Seen here with his wife, who I already showed. Started in 2005. Amazingly gets away with being a complete jackass to people in his filed reports. Was also held in Iran when covering the 2009 election and the nation had a media blackout, but made it back out in good health. Is always unknowingly getting Sam Bee pregnant.
Last and certainly not least, the show's wonderful English correspondent, starting out in 2006. Co-hosts The Bugle, a podcast for the Times Online, with Andy Zaltzman. Totally distressed about how fucking poisonous our political environment is in America. He also appears in NBC's Community. Did I mention he's British?
Seen here doing what she does best, Olivia Munn is the newest member to The Daily Show's team as a senior correspondent. She's had a rough start, and that's putting it nicely as far as some people are concerned. Her background before TDS is on G4's Attack of the Show, where she- well, see above.
The Colbert Report Honorable Mention:
Ah ah, the letter
Such an A-hole.