Dave Chappelle Talks Quitting Chappelle's Show on Letterman (Video)

It's been more than ten years since the final regular episode of Chappelle's Show aired. Dave Chappelle famously left his show during production of the third season in 2005. And while he's talked about it over the years, even opening up to Oprah Winfrey about his reasons for leaving, it doesn't seem to matter. People are still fascinated by the notion that he would walk away from a deal worth millions of dollars. During his appearance on Late Show, Chappelle was once again asked by David Letterman about the whole thing.   Read More...

Stephen Colbert Visits David Letterman: 'I'm Thrilled' (Video)

The "Late Show" host welcomed his successor Tuesday.

'Late Show' Successor Stephen Colbert to Visit Letterman

On Tuesday, April 22, the Comedy Central star will drop by the CBS talk show for the first time since he was named the new host.

Jon Stewart Gets Giggly in Excitement for Stephen Colbert's ‘Late Show’ Promotion (Video)

Jon Stewart helped make Stephen Colbert a star, and on Thursday night, the “Daily Show” host couldn't contain his pride at his former protege's ascension to one of the greatest thrones in late night television. Colbert was named host of “Late Show” on CBS on Thursday afternoon, early enough for Stewart to write up a sweet segment about his friend for the “Daily Show” taping that same day. “You may remember a few years back there was a gentleman on this program by the name of Stephen Colbert,” Stewart joked. “He was yea high, skin like porcelain, very talented actor, writer, dancer, improvisational comedian. We would send him to the field, usually with some type of fruit, and see where the day took us.” Read More....

Stephen Colbert to Host the Late Show in 2015! CBS Announces David Letterman's Successor

Stephen Colbert to Host the Late Show in 2015! CBS Announces David Letterman's Successor CBS has wasted no time in finding David Letterman's replacement after the Late Show host announced his plans to retire. Is Stephen Colbert the right choice?

David Letterman Jokes About Retirement, Blames It on Makeup Artist (Video)

David Letterman discussed the topic of the week — his own retirement — on Friday night's “Late Show” monologue, shooting out a string of jokes about breaking the news to CBS boss Les Moonves and the reason for leaving his longtime gig. Cracking wise about telling Moonves about his retirement, Letterman — who announced his plans to step down next year during Thursday night's show — said that he called Moonves to break the news.   Read More...

Stephen Colbert is the Official New Host of The Late Show

Well, I will admit that I am both disappointed and really happy with this news. The news that  Stephen Colbert  is official new host of The Late Show. Yup, that’s right. Stephen Colbert is getting David Letterman’s job. So you guys must wonder why I am slightly disappointed, when it obviously a great choice. Well, as I had stated a few times prior, I kind of wanted Louis C.K to get it. But, truth be told, now that I have some time to think about it, I realize it is pretty perfect, actually. Think about it for a second. You kind of need someone snarky to take the place of the one late night talk show host who was known for being snarky. To put someone super friendly or super sweet in the position would have just ended up feeling like too different of a show. Colbert has that snarky host thing down, and will fill Letterman’s shoes perfectly. Not only that, but Stephen Colbert really seems like he likes what he does, so this seems like a great next step for him.  The Wrap has more details  if you wanna dip over there and find out some more fine print. Read More...

'How I Met Your Mother's' Cobie Smulders Visits 'The Late Show' Tonight

On the night of the series finale of “How I Met Your Mother,” series star Cobie Smulders talks about saying goodbye to the long-running CBS comedy series when she visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN.   Read More...

SideReel's Favorite Nerds

With the premiere of the riotously funny Silicon Valley , SideReel's editorial team got to thinking about our favorite TV nerds. Being of that disposition ourselves, we had a lot of very well-informed opinions, backed up by rigorously researched and tested evidence. But in the end, we had to pick just eight—and so we did. Think we missed yours? Sound off in the comments.   Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey  S1E4: A Sky Full of Ghosts Like everyone else in the world, the editorial team members are big fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson. Following in his mentor Carl Sagan's footsteps, he's bringing complex scientific concepts to the masses through storytelling, analogies, and mind-blowing graphics. The show isn't without controversy, but it's fascinating, and when Tyson makes physics personal, we can't help but want to be swept along for the ride.     The Big Bang Theory  S2E13: The Friendship Algorithm The best part of  The Big Bang Theory has always been Jim Parsons' portrayal of Sheldon Cooper: the brilliant, jittery, physicist who's also one of the most off-kilter straight men ever to be seen on TV. Throughout its long run, we've gotten plenty of great Sheldon episodes, but this one from midway through season two is the first time it really all coalesces. As the episode title implies, he creates an scientific process for making friends—with predictably zany results.    @midnight  S2E38: Nikki Glaser/Steve Agee/Kyle Kinane We'd be remiss if we didn't include the Nerdist himself, Chris Hardwick on this list. He'd already done more for today's nerdkind than almost anyone else, and then Comedy Central went and gave him his own nightly game show. As host, he gets comedians to riff on everything from the day's internet headlines, to emojii, Star Wars fan art, and Craigslist cosplay personals. It's on late (it starts, as Hardwick always announces, at 11:59 and 59 seconds), but it's making waves among TODAY'S YOUTH (and those of us on the cusp of olds-hood), and it's a good way to get in your daily recommended dose of belly laughs.   Breaking Bad  S1E1: Pilot Over the course of  Breaking Bad 's run, Walter White came to stand for many, many things, but rewatching the pilot is a good reminder that before he was The One Who Knocks, Heisenberg, meth kingpin of the American Southwest, and the best anti-hero, um, EVER, he was just a high school chemistry teacher; a nerd, if you will. He made science cool for Jesse Pinkman (for a little while at least), and he definitely lived the motto safety first when it came to cooking. What a role model!   The X-Files  S2E22: F. Emasculata If ever the divide between geek and nerd was on display, it was in the personas of Mulder and Scully. Mulder was the geek, Scully was the nerd. She had a rigorous scientific background (don't forget, she was a medical doctor!) and always came equipped with a gun and a hefty dose of skepticism—or at least she did before the show went off the deep end. In "F. Emasculata", her training is in full display as she tackles an unstoppable plague sweeping through a prison's population.    The Late Show with David Letterman  S21E31: February 27, 2014 We didn't have to pick this particular episode of  Letterman , but the inclusion of  the "Stupid Human Tricks" segment didn't hurt. A pioneer in the world of late night comedy, Letterman will be sorely missed when he steps down at the end of his current contract (Spring 2015). He brought a curiousity not present prior to his reign that's now a staple of late night shows. From "Will it Float?" to "Know Your Current Events" to the aforementioned "Stupid Human Tricks", there was always a burning desire to know something behind those fashionable spectacles. Whoever takes over the  Late Show throne will have to match that.   Firefly  S1E9: Ariel Thousands of gallons of digital ink have been metaphorically spilled discussing the merits and cancelation of this modern classic series, so please don't begrudge us adding a few more words. Simon Tam, like his sister, River, was a prodigy, the Doogie Howser of his time, even. Thankfully, he only used his unmatched scientific skills for good (or at least what passed for good in the ambiguous world of  Firefly ), and in "Ariel" we get to see the demons with which he wrestles, and just how much he'd have been able to accomplish if he'd been willing to play the game rather than going rogue.    Futurama  S5E10: The Farnsworth Parabox Good news! The last fantastic nerd on our list is Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, citizen of Earth circa the year 3000. He's tenured at Mars University, is a perennial contender for the Nobel Prize, and he's definitely unparalleled at using his abilities to create insane things, like, for instance, a box containing another universe—in which his doppelganger has created a box which contains our universe. It hurts our brains, but that's why Farnsworth is in a league of his own.      Leah E. Friedman  is the editor of Her nerd power is the complete recall of plots from 19-year-old episodes of Sliders . You can follow her musings on  Twitter .

David Letterman Unexpectedly Announces His Retirement

There were rumors flying yesterday that David Letterman announced his retirement at a taping of his show, and when The Late Show aired,  it was confirmed.  “A year from now, I’ll be on a beach with a metal detector,” Letterman joked, and continued to make fun of his pending departure: “This weekend, my son is taking me to see senior centers,” “My retirement will not become official until [ Survivor  host]  Jeff Probst  blows out my torch,” and “It’s been tough doing this show since  Regis [ Philbin ] passed away.” “Jan, my makeup artist, told me, ‘Dave, there’s really nothing more I can do.’ “ Read More...