Stephen Colbert kept audience in the dark about election results (Videos)

By | November 7, 2012 at 11:19 am | 2 comments | feature slider, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

If you watched the special live editions of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report last night, you already know that both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert revealed that Barack Obama won reelection to their studio audiences. Stewart told his audience about the win roughly five minutes after MSNBC and CNN called the election, as the Daily Show was in the midst of a recorded field piece starring correspondent Samantha Bee and then had to toss to commercial. There’s wasn’t much lag time, considering.

However, by the time Colbert’s show began at 11:30 pm ET, everyone in the nation knew that Obama had defeated Romney– everyone except the Colbert Report‘s studio audience. Last night on SiriusXM’s political channel POTUS, comedian Pete Dominick host of Stand Up with Pete Dominick on said channel and warm-up comic for the Report, revealed that Colbert purposely kept his audience in the dark about the results. No one was allowed access to the Internet, televisions or their phones upon entering the studio. The idea was that Colbert would get an organic reaction from the crowd once he did let them in on the news. Dominick says at first the audience wasn’t quite sure whether Colbert was serious or joking when he informed them.

You can check out both Stewart and Colbert’s take on the news below!



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  • sandy

    Leave it to Colbert to keep the audience on their toes! I was watching from home, and kept wondering when and how Colbert would reveal the news. I knew the results before he said anything though, since my Hopper DVR’s three independent tuners let me use the picture-in-picture feature to watch the
    real news coverage and Colbert’s take on it in the same screen. Nevertheless, I liked how he kept the suspense alive! I was just talking with one of my DISH coworkers that first heard the results from Colbert, and he was saying that he had no idea if Colbert was joking or not! It was definitely an interesting way to cover the election!

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