The first thing you need to know about Comedy Central's new nightly series "The Colbert Report" is how to pronounce its title: "col-bare re-pour."
The new half-hour series spotlights former "Daily Show" corres-pondent Stephen Colbert as he offers his personal spin on current events while mocking cable pundits such as Bill O'Reilly and his "no-spin zone."
How will "The Colbert Report" differ from "The Daily Show"? More Colbert?
It never hurts. As "The Daily Show" is to a headline-driven news show, this is more like one of those personality-driven shows, like [Bill] O'Reilly or [Joe] Scarborough or even Aaron Brown, who has his own folksy personality. People who turn to those shows already know what the news is; they just want that person's take. We see this show as a public service, to give people my take.
The stuff you've done on "The Daily Show" obviously has a veneer of parody. As host on this show, will you be playing it a little straighter?
If "The Daily Show" has, as you say, a veneer of parody or fakery, you can add a thick frosting of fraud on top of that for us. Then smother it in a goof sauce.
How big is your spin zone?
It's just slightly larger than my personal space. It's within arm's reach, though. So if you actually get into my spin zone, I can usually grab you by the neck.
Will you just have one big guest per night?
As opposed to multiple tiny guests? . . . No, we'll probably have one guest per night, unless we have a panel or something like that. We want people with passion. They don't have to be big newsmakers.
Gosh, sounds as if there's going to be a lot of substance to this show.
Well, we're going to change the world, you see. I probably should have led with that. And we have to change the world by Christmas or we won't get renewed.