The most important thing for this thread is that Stephen Colbert has started beating Jimmy Fallon in the late night ratings. Article is here.
While late-night shows are less relevant viewership-wise, and get more mileage via viral material shared online, I still want to say “Yay!” Colbert is a brilliant performer who killed on The Colbert Report, and has spent the past 18 months trying to figure out how that translates to a more traditional late night show.
As the NYTimes article says:
Colbert’s transition, in other words, has been smoothed out because Trump is a walking example of the crap that Colbert lampooned as a Bill O’Reilly clone.
So overall, this thread is about this changing late-night dynamic.
HOWEVER, in addition, check out this paragraph also quoted from the article:
Bolding mine. “Depthful”? “Depthful”?!?! What the hell kinda word is that?
It is highlighted as misspelled as I type out this post. I have Googled “define depthful” and am not seeing a response. What the heck happened in the NYTimes editorial room before this went out?!
I’m not sure what the article author’s point is; Fallon and Colbert have different comedy styles. Colbert is at his best when he has a Republican to skewer, while Fallon’s stock-in-trade isn’t the sort of biting satire or politically aware comedy that Colbert (and Stewart) made their names with.
I mean, I admit I watch Fallon. Specifically because it’s NOT a politically oriented show for the most part. I don’t want to watch something before I go to bed that’s going to work me up or make me upset about the state of the world- I want to watch something light, funny and happy.
Colbert needed to find his normal, non-Colbert Report Blowhard voice that reflected him as a person and his political views - and appears to have done so
The current political climate and Trump specifically provided the catalyst for this to happen, and looking at Colbert vs. Fallon illustrates this, in terms of current ratings and the fact that Fallon is dialing up his own edginess just a smidge.
I agree - I like that there is a non-political late night show vs. one that is more edgy. Not looking to slam Fallon or the value of having his approach.
I am a Daily Show/Colbert Report guy, so having Colbert find a way to keep that edge going in a format that is new for him is a very good thing. As with TDS/TCR, his current show is the one we DVR and watch as a family the next day and use it to discuss current events while also getting entertained.
The Times is saying that while historically the late night audience preferred that their talk shows be an escape, which benefited Fallon, with Trump in the White House they are preferring more topical political satire, which benefits Colbert.
I’m just happy to see him having the success he deserves.
Oh yeah, it clanks. My eyes latched onto it like a pointer dog tracking a shot pheasant.
I looked to see if there was a Comments section for that article where I could ask about it, but no such luck. I have sent a letter to their general mail box, but assume I won’t hear anything given the trivial nature of this issue. I told them I searched Google depthfully ;), but couldn’t find another example.
Struck me as bizarre, too, but apparently it has a very sporadic history going back to the early 1900s. Peak usage in the early-to-mid-50s, but it seems so rare that I wouldn’t necessarily say it was experiencing a wave of popularity or anything like that. I could find one more use of it in the NYTimes, but that was back in 2007 in a quote.
What’s wrong with “in-depth”? Is there a shade of meaning that’s different?
This reminds me so much of the DC sports radio guy who can’t stop saying “impactful.” When the heck did that become a word? Even my spell checker doesn’t like it. Makes me want to do something impactful to the radio, instead of just turning the station.
On the other hand, I also don’t like the word “smidge”, sorry - a derivation of “smidgen”, which seems to date only to 1845 or so - maybe it’s just too recent for me.
Y’know, back in my day, we had words - we had plenty of words, more than enough for everybody. I get that language is always evolving, but can’t it wait until after I’m no longer around to be bothered by it?