While we definitely read and watch real news, too (we swear), The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report are dependable respites where we can see the events of the day splayed out in a wash of logic and common sense. It sounds simple enough, but whatever magical formula both writing teams have concocted as a means of aptly and humorously dissecting the often mind-boggling events in our pundit-heavy world has become the gold standard. And we’ve yet to see any other television program match either series’ combination of truth, compassion, and brutal honesty (and all those gut-busting political pokes). So, it’s no wonder that when both Stewart and Stephen Colbert extend their contracts through 2015 and 2014, respectively we’re all a-twitter with joy. We know our four-times-a-week dose of sanity will still be there Monday through Thursday for at least the next few years. Need proof? Here are five reasons why we’re stoked that both comedians will be sticking around for a long time:
Stephen Sometimes Reverse-Scoops Anderson Cooper
Cooper outed Colbert for reporting a story about one man’s conspiracy theory about phalluses in the artwork of the Denver Airport six months after The Ridcu-List covered the topic. And Colbert got redemption as only Colbert could.
The Fact that Jon Can Always Rile Bill O’Reilly
Liberals and conservatives can agree, that no matter what side of the fence you’re on, these interviews are always, always compelling. And the fact that we can depend on them happening every year or so almost makes it a tradition. A mind-boggling, intellectually entertaining tradition.
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