The Daily Show vs. The Colbert Report: Which is better?

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Difference between The Daily Show and The Colbert Report

Late night TV viewing has never been more exciting and funny during the week since the release and airing of both these late night sardonic TV programs: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Both these programs which are aired on Comedy Central set the stage for something light for the people to watch after seeing “news” which is somewhat negative and problematic. These shows have already won numerous awards and they are continuing to make every late night TV viewer in America as well as the rest of the world laugh before bedtime.

The Daily Show
The Colbert Report

Program Overview

The Daily Show, now more popularly known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is a program aired during weekdays (Monday to Thursday) for half an hour on Comedy Central.  It is a late night TV spoof which was first seen on TV in July of 1996. Illustrating the show as a false news program, The Daily Show gets the humor and satire of the program from fresh news stories, organizations amongst the media, political figures, recent book authors and most of the time, features from their own show. On the other hand, The Colbert Report, is another late night TV program which follows The Daily Show on Comedy Central. The Colbert Report is a by-product of The Daily Show which tackles the media and politics in much the same way as its counterpart. Furthermore, The Colbert Report satirizes the very conservative political show aired on Fox News – The O’ Reilly Factor.


Between the years 1996 to 1998, The Daily Show was hosted by Craig Kilborn. The format of the show was very different from the present considering there were a lot of criticisms during Kilborn’s time. The show was always said to be very disreputable of other personalities especially those of the politicians. In 1999, the show was taken over by Jon Stewart and form then on the show never looked back. It has become more news-driven and since Stewart has taken over the hosting of the show, he is also the one responsible for writing his dialogues. On the other hand, The Colbert Report is hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert. He was a correspondent on The Daily Show from 1997 to 2005 and has won Emmy’s for his work in writing for The Daily Show in 2004, 2005 and 2006.


The Daily Show has made a complete 360 spin since the takeover of Jon Stewart as host. Since then, it has won 13 Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award in 2005 for Best Comedy Album and the show has been recognized by many organizations as well. The Colbert Report has been nominated 4 times for the Emmy Awards and has won 2 Satellite and Television Critics Association Awards.


  • The Daily Show is a humorous late night TV program that focuses on politics for humor. The Colbert Report is an offshoot of The Daily Show which typically has the same program format as the latter.
  • The Daily Show was hosted by Craig Kilborn for 3 years and was later replaced by Jon Stewart up to the present. The Colbert Report is hosted by Stephen Colbert.
  • The Daily Show has won 13 Emmy Awards and The Colbert Report has been nominated for 4 Emmy Awards.

Who is pretending to be a republican?
  • The Daily Show
  • The Colbert Report

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  • Guy Fawks wrote on November 2011

Wow, Stephan Colbert won an Emmy in the year 206. He looks good for his age.

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