The mini-parade of New York-based late-night hosts continued Thursday night on the Brooklyn-based “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as Jimmy Kimmel hosted Comedy Central comics Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert — one night after David Letterman appeared on Kimmel’s show.
The politically focused funnymen were greeted with thunderous applause and a standing ovation from the estimated 900 members of the “Kimmel” audience when they entered the theater in Brooklyn where the normally L.A.-based Kimmel has taken up residence all this week.
The three late-night stars — Kimmel, 44, Stewart, 49, and Colbert, 48 — held a lighthearted conversation about several subjects, including Colbert’s obsession with the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and “The Hobbit,” Stewart’s debate last month with Bill O’Reilly, and the “Kimmel” show’s planned move in January to a new start time at 11:35 p.m. eastern time — a move that will likely have repercussions for the entire competitive picture in late-night TV. Among the shows that could be affected: “The Colbert Report,” which starts at 11:30 p.m. (10:30c) weeknights.
The only time the “Kimmel” time change was mentioned was at the very end of Colbert and Stewart’s appearance, just before their time ran out, when Stewart hurriedly blurted out: “Congratulations on the 11:30 thing — long overdue.” That’s easy for him to say — Stewart will likely not be affected by the move since his “Daily Show” airs from 11 to 11:30 (10-10:30c). Colbert was less magnanimous about the move, saying to Kimmel: “I will see you at 11:30 — and I will see you in hell!” You can catch this part of their conversation in the “Part 4” clip, below, but first: