The Colbert Report/2008

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2008
The Colbert Report
2008
Season Premiere January 7, 2008
Season Finale December 11, 2008
Episode Count 159 + 2 specials
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2008 is the fourth year of The Colbert Report and began on January 7, 2008.

When the season premiered in January it was without its writing staff. Like The Daily Show and other late night talk programs, The Colbert Report was forced into repeats by the Writers Guild strike in November 2007. In December 2007, Comedy Central announced that both programs would return to the air, despite the lack of a resolution.

In order to compensate for the inability to use written material, several minor changes were made to the series. Though it still resembles its pre-strike form, each episode typically has two to three interviews instead of one. The main interview, for which episodes are titled, still take place in the "interview area" while there are some secondary interviews done from the desk. Additionally, the opening pre-credits segment has been cut, as well as recurring segments like The Word.

The writers returned to the show after the strike was ended on February 13, 2008.

Episodes

# # Title/Guest Airdate
332 1 Richard Freeman January 7, 2008
333 2 Gary Rosen January 8, 2008
334 3 Matt Taibbi January 9, 2008
335 4 Muhammad Yunus January 10, 2008
336 5 Neil Shubin January 14, 2008
337 6 Jared Cohen January 15, 2008
338 7 Deborah Tannen January 16, 2008
339 8 David Levy January 17, 2008
340 9 Eric Weiner January 21, 2008
341 10 Andrew Young January 22, 2008
342 11 Andrew McLean January 23, 2008
343 12 Charles Nesson January 24, 2008
344 13 Rick Warren January 28, 2008
345 14 Alex Ross January 29, 2008
346 15 Frans de Waal January 30, 2008
347 16 Andrew Napolitano January 31, 2008
348 17 Jacob Weisberg February 4, 2008
349 18 Bob Dole February 5, 2008
350 19 Tad Devine February 6, 2008
351 20 Mark Moffett February 7, 2008
352 21 Philip Zimbardo February 11, 2008
353 22 Lisa Randall February 12, 2008
354 23 Richard Thompson Ford February 13, 2008
355 24 Leonard Nimoy February 14, 2008
356 25 Henry Louis Gates Jr. February 26, 2008
357 26 Tony Snow February 27, 2008
358 27 Ingrid Newkirk February 28, 2008
359 28 Shashi Tharoor March 3, 2008
360 29 Jennifer 8. Lee March 4, 2008
361 30 Gregory Rodriguez March 5, 2008
362 31 John Legend March 6, 2008
363 32 George McGovern March 10, 2008
364 33 Geraldo Rivera March 11, 2008
365 34 Howard Kurtz March 12, 2008
366 35 Sudhir Venkatesh March 13, 2008
367 36 Samantha Power March 17, 2008
368 37 Susan Jacoby March 18, 2008
369 38 Dee Dee Myers March 19, 2008
370 39 Robin Wright March 20, 2008
371 40 Eric Alterman March 31, 2008
372 41 Van Jones April 1, 2008
373 42 R.E.M. April 2, 2008
374 43 Clay Shirky April 3, 2008
375 44 Jesse Ventura April 7, 2008
376 45 Madeleine Albright April 8, 2008
377 46 Jeff Gore April 9, 2008
378 47 Robin Wright April 10, 2008
The Colbert Report in Philadelphia
379 48 Chris Matthews April 14, 2008
380 49 The Roots April 15, 2008
381 50 Ed Rendell April 16, 2008
382 51 Patrick Murphy April 17, 2008
383 52 Bernie Sanders April 21, 2008
384 53 Susan Jacoby April 22, 2008
385 54 Mitch Albom April 23, 2008
386 55 Maria Shriver April 24, 2008
387 56 Leslie Feist April 28, 2008
388 57 Anne Lamott April 29, 2008
389 58 Noah Feldman April 30, 2008
390 59 James Kunstler May 1, 2008
391 60 Carl Hiaasen May 5, 2008
392 61 Nathan Gunn May 6, 2008
393 62 George Johnson May 7, 2008
394 63 Arianna Huffington May 8, 2008
395 64 Mehmet Oz May 12, 2008
396 65 Jennifer Hooper McCarty May 13, 2008
397 66 Grover Norquist May 14, 2008
398 67 Andrei Cherny May 15, 2008
399 68 Brian Greene May 27, 2008
400 69 Claire McCaskill May 28, 2008
401 70 David Sirota May 29, 2008
402 71 Jon Paskowitz June 2, 2008
403 72 George Will June 3, 2008
404 73 Salman Rushdie June 4, 2008
405 74 Pat Buchanan June 5, 2008
406 75 Philip Weiss June 9, 2008
407 76 Alan Rabinowitz June 10, 2008
408 77 David Hadju June 11, 2008
409 78 Dixon Despommier June 12, 2008
410 79 Kenneth R. Miller June 16, 2008
411 80 Jonathan Zittrain June 17, 2008
412 81 Junot Díaz June 18, 2008
413 82 N. T. Wright June 19, 2008
414 83 Barbara Ehrenreich June 23, 2008
415 84 Will Smith June 24, 2008
416 85 Neil DeGrasse Tyson June 25, 2008
417 86 Robert Wexler June 26, 2008
418 87 Dan Esty July 14, 2008
419 88 Jason Riley July 15, 2008
420 89 Rush July 16, 2008
421 90 Elizabeth Edwards July 17, 2008
422 91 Jim Webb July 21, 2008
423 92 Lucas Conley July 22, 2008
424 93 Nas July 23, 2008
425 94 Garrett Reisman July 24, 2008
426 95 Toby Keith July 28, 2008
427 96 Eric Roston July 29, 2008
428 97 Crosby Stills & Nash July 30, 2008
429 98 Buzz Aldrin July 31, 2008
430 99 Lucas Conley August 4, 2008
431 100 David Carr August 5, 2008
432 101 Kevin Costner August 6, 2008
433 102 Thomas Frank August 7, 2008
434 103 Jorge Ramos August 11, 2008
435 104 Jane Mayer August 12, 2008
436 105 Dick Meyer August 13, 2008
437 106 Bing West August 14, 2008
438 107 Scott McClellan August 26, 2008
439 108 Mike Huckabee August 27, 2008
440 109 Richard Brookhiser August 28, 2008
441 110 John McWhorter August 29, 2008
442 111 Laura D'Andrea Tyson September 2, 2008
443 112 Doris Kearns Goodwin September 3, 2008
444 113 Ron Paul September 4, 2008
445 114 David Paterson September 5, 2008
446 115 Peter Gomes September 15, 2008
447 116 Rick Reilly September 16, 2008
448 117 Bob Lutz September 17, 2008
449 118 Maria Bartiromo September 18, 2008
450 119 Jackson Browne September 23, 2008
451 120 Cornel West September 24, 2008
452 121 Nick Carr September 25, 2008
453 122 Paul Begala September 29, 2008
454 123 James Taylor September 30, 2008
455 124 Dave Levin October 1, 2008
456 125 Naomi Klein October 2, 2008
453 126 Jim Cramer October 6, 2008
454 127 Nate Silver October 7, 2008
455 128 Joe Scarborough October 8, 2008
456 129 David Gergen October 9, 2008
453 130 Kathleen Parker October 13, 2008
454 131 Joseph Stiglitz October 14, 2008
455 132 Shai Agassi October 15, 2008
456 133 Robert Greenwald October 16, 2008
453 134 Wynton Marsalis October 20, 2008
454 135 Mike Farris October 21, 2008
455 136 David Frum October 22, 2008
456 137 Jonathan Alter October 23, 2008
457 138 Yo-Yo Ma October 27, 2008
458 139 Sherman Alexie October 28, 2008
459 140 David Simon October 29, 2008
460 141 Wilco October 30, 2008
461 142 Andrew Sullivan November 3, 2008
S1 SP Indecision 2008: America's Choice November 4, 2008
462 143 Andrew Young November 5, 2008
463 144 Rachel Maddow November 6, 2008
464 145 Kevin Johnson November 11, 2008
465 146 Bob Woodward November 12, 2008
466 147 Stephen Moore November 13, 2008
467 148 Malcolm Gladwell November 17, 2008
468 149 Paul Simon November 18, 2008
469 150 Michael Lewis November 19, 2008
470 151 Thomas Friedman November 20, 2008
S2 SP A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All November 23, 2008
471 152 Khaled Hosseini & Roland Fryer December 1, 2008
472 153 Jeffrey Goldberg December 2, 2008
473 154 Barbara Walters December 3, 2008
474 155 Niall Ferguson December 4, 2008
475 156 Geoffrey Canada December 8, 2008
476 157 Kevin Bacon & Charlie Kaufman December 9, 2008
477 158 Richard Haass December 10, 2008
478 159 Michael Phelps December 11, 2008