Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert

Both Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert have returned on their respective shows, after a 3 month hiatus due to the writers’ guild strike. The biggest change? They’re running solo — no writers.

Having watched a few nights’ worth of the “new” shows, I can’t see a difference. It seems to be the exact, same comedic humor that graced the shows before, only maybe funnier. This, of course, can’t possibly help the writers’ strike, since it shows that hosts like Stewart and Colbert don’t need them.

The Writers’ Guild is unhappy about this, of course, but can you blame Stewart and Colbert? They have to make a living too, and I missed out on my Indecision 2008 coverage thanks to them. Maybe this is how it should have always been… no writers, just the funny host.

Who needs the writers?


  • I’ve noticed exactly the same thing, and we were talking about just that last night on IRC.

    The first episode or two after they came back was a little rocky, talking a lot about how they were running without writers. Colbert in particular made a point of demonstrating, in his own comedic way, that all his teleprompters were empty. After that, though, everything picked right back up and I’m also unable to tell any difference.

    It still amazes me that any of these kinds of shows could be so utterly reliant on a team of writers. I mean, a lot of these hosts (Letterman, Leno, etc.) were professional comedians before they “made it big” and got their shows. They didn’t have teams of writers coming up with their material when they started, so obviously there’s got to be some native talent there.

    I was ecstatic when I got my email from iTunes that new episodes of the Daily Show and Colbert Report were available for download. I hope they never leave me again!

  • Yeah, the jokes about the writers never seemed to stop, but I think everyone saw those coming, heh. After that, though, it seems to be just as good as before.

    Colbert never fails me. :D

  • I don’t watch a lot of TV, but recently the jokes from these types shows have gotten ‘old’ again. Perhaps its because the strike is over, and some of the writers haven’t got their minds into gear yet??

  • They have seemed to pick up havn’t they. And for the better. I give both Stewart and Colbert major respect for this. I do agree with the question on why would comics who get their own talk shows need writers, well its so they don’t have to spend the day writing what they wanna say that night. They give their topics to their braintrust and they put it out for em. The Colbert teleprompter was hi-larious. When it comes down, in my opinion, the writers are weak. They have to do this every ten years to make sure people know that its not the directors or the stars that make the show. Its the fat men who move their mothers in with them after they have not seen a naked girl (for free) in ten years.