So tonight, I was curious what happened to Stephen Colbert and why I hadn’t heard from him after he was supposed to be taking over The Late Show.
I guess I’m behind the power curve on this one, but in case y’all didn’t know and were wondering in the back of your minds like I was, he’s scheduled to host his first show on September 8th, according to this article by EW.com Senior Writer Natalie Abrams.
The reason I am sharing this is simple: I’m extremely relieved to hear that the lack of attention to him hasn’t come from him just getting on and being awful (which I dearly hope doesn’t happen) but rather is because he simply hasn’t begun performing yet :). This discovery fills me with joy.
I’m not a guy who has cable, and I don’t subscribe to Netflix or Hulu either, a characteristic that puts me in the minority of all generations, especially my own. But here’s the thing: I love actors and I love people, don’t get me wrong. This is not an indictment on any of them or their art, because I respect both the people and the art of television acting as much I respect almost any other group or art. But my philosophy is this: I don’t watch television because A. reading is a lost art and you can never do enough of it, and B. If I’m busy watching television, realistically I’m watching someone else fulfill their dream using time I could be spending to chase my own.
Again, that isn’t a hit against other artists, including actors, and there’s nothing wrong with watching them as a form of entertainment. I just don’t enjoy that form of entertainment as much as I enjoy a play or a night watching a game at a sports bar with friends. The cost of cable is outrageous and doesn’t match up with how often I’d use it, and even though I would use it, the fact is that it’d be distracting me from doing what I should be doing: either reading, or working out my body, mind, and my own crafts (writing and dancing).
With that all said though, Stephen Colbert is one of the most comically brilliant minds of my generation. He is, very possibly, our equivalent of what David Letterman was to my parents, and I find it rather fitting he gets to succeed Mr. Letterman in 2015. Because of this; because of his talent and all he did on The Colbert Report while I moved from my late teens to my early adult years, I may just have to get cable to watch him become an even bigger legend than he already is.
Just a thought. :). If you haven’t ever watched any of his work, click here :).