When Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart ended their runs on The Colbert Report and The Daily Show earlier this year, book lovers (and, really, everyone else) mourned the loss of these two amazing comedians on late night television. Bookish folks, in particular, had reason to be sad because both shows did an amazing job highlighting great books and authors. Just check out the book lists from both shows — The Daily Show and the The Colbert Report — to see some examples.
Although we don’t know many details about what Jon Stewart will be doing next, Stephen Colbert has been kicking butt as the new host of The Late Show on CBS. And luckily for all of us, he’s shown a commitment to including authors and interesting thinkers as his guests each night. Here are seven of my favorite author segments so far:
Dr. Eugenia Cheng
Pure mathematics is “the most delicious kind of mathematics.” Dr. Cheng is really excited about math and baking. I can’t wait to read her book.
Most of Stephen King’s early critics are dead now, so he’s basically won writing.
John Irving has had a boring life, but likes to do awful things to the characters in his 14 books.
Malala Yousafzai is charming in every situation, even when she is making fun of people.
Jonathan Franzen has a hard time being charming in any situation. But at least he likes to watch FOX NFL Sunday?
Carrie Brownstein’s comedy benefited from her experience as a musician.
Stacy Schiff makes a pretty great cat. Both Schiff and Colbert agree hanging is better than burning at the stake.
Thank you, Stephen Colbert, for continuing to be awesome and continuing to promote great books. What authors would you love to see on his show?