TIME has announced its Top 10 lists for 2008, including Top 10 TV Episodes and Top 10 Late Night Gags.
The Colbert Report episode from the 22nd January came in at number seven in the Top 10 TV Episodes list featuring civil rights activist Andrew Young and they discussed the strike by black hospital workers in 1969. This 22nd January episode came just as The Colbert Report returned after it had been off-air for the WGA writers strike.
In the Top 10 Late Night Gags list, the Late Show With David Letterman came in at number five for John McCain’s appearance cancellation near the end of his US election campaign. John McCain said he had to cancel to head straight to Washington to fix the problems with the US economy, when in truth he was still in New York for several hours doing other things such as the CBS News interview with Katie Couric. Letterman publicly tuned into the live CBS Newspath feed to see John McCain sitting with Katie preparing for the interview. Senator McCain was the butt of many jokes over the shows that followed, and after Barack Obama won the US election, Letterman said “you don’t show up for me – America doesn’t show up for you”. John McCain did eventually make it onto the programme though, and said he’d “screwed up”.
Late Night With Conan O’Brien was at number seven in the Top 10 Late Night Gags list for the “Zipline Challenge” he did when he returned to the air in January after being off-air for the WGA writers strike.
The “Who Made Mike Huckabee” ongoing debate came to a head on Late Night With Conan O’Brien in February after show crossovers between The Daily Show and Late Night (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, click here) – this is at number four in the Top 10 Late Night Gags list.
Stephen Colbert’s “Green-Screen Challenge” made it into the Top 10 Late Night Gags list at number three (click here to read more).
Jimmy Kimmel Live’s ongoing “I’m F***ing Matt Damon” gag got the top spot in the Top 10 Late Night Gags list (click here to read more).