Essex County News

Press Releases

Stephen Colbert & Samantha Bee Speak at Sold-Out Event in Newark

d3f031729b8e71633a0c_FullSizeRender__11_.jpg
798d45f973d90092b7bb_FullSizeRender__10_.jpg
3dc2b140dab333655b6a_FullSizeRender__12_.jpg
d3f031729b8e71633a0c_FullSizeRender__11_.jpg

NEWARK, NJ - Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, recently hosted a lively on-stage tete’ a’ tete’ with Samantha Bee, host of Full Frontal, to a sold-out crowd of art supporters at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark on Saturday.

Entitled "Sad! A Happy Evening with Stephen Colbert and Samantha Bee," this private conversation was the 7th annual fundraiser for Montclair Film. At the start of the evening, Montclair Film Executive Directo Tom Hall delivered the rules of the Q & A, which followed Colbert’s interview of Bee.

“Stephen and Samantha are both happily married,” said Hall, who added that this was "not to each other" as a way to dissuade the audience from asking for dates.

Sign Up for E-News

Hall thanked the 1800 volunteers who support the organization and then invited the audience to two upcoming Montclair Film events.

"A 70’s MixTape" will be held on Saturday Feb. 4, 2018 at Investors Bank Film; Media Center 505, Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair.

“Come to Montclair and dance with us," he said. "It’s an amazing night." 

The 1970s party will feature The Losers Lounge as well as musical performances by Stephen Colbert, Patrick Wilson, Warren Zane and more.

The other event, featuring Taylor Mac’s “A 24 Decade of Popular Music,” will be held on May 4, 2018.

The audience was treated to a clip from the film, which, according to Mac’s website, is “a 24-hour music
theater work about how communities are built as a result of being torn apart."

Colbert and Bee were seated on stage in a comfortable "heart-to-heart," living-room-like setting. Raised in South Carolina, Colbert lives in Montclair, NJ with his wife Evelyn and three children. Evelyn
Colbert is the President of the Board of Trustees of Montclair Film.

Bee was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She now has dual citizenship and lives in the U.S. After she was introduced by Colbert as “a voice for these specific times,” Bee said the key to the success of
the show was its ability to be "nimble" and they were "bursting at the seams with content" for the upcoming show.

"It’s anyone’s guess how Monday will look," said Colbert.

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee premiered in February 2016 on TBS. The popular show offers a satirical take on weekly news and stories offering a perspective overlooked by traditional media outlets. Colbert asked Bee about her favorite piece from her time at part of Comedy Central’s: The Daily Show where she was the sole female correspondent from 2006 – 2008.

Bee shared the story of the gay penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo to the delight of the audience. When asked to name who she would name as 2017 Woman of the Year, Bee replied it would be a woman she met in Mexico who "dived into the rubble to save people during the earthquake.”

Bee also shared stories from recent global trips as a correspondent and journalist.

“In Russia we talked to hackers and trolls before the election," she said. "I met people in disguises in secret locations who were worried about being outed in their jobs as trolls. And they have Netflix in Russia”

The dialogue turned to the past presidential election.

Bee, who has dual US and Canadian citizenship said, “This was not a great first vote for me. We had a show planned around Hillary’s victory.”

Colbert asked about Trump’s presidency, saying, “Has it been better or worse than you imagined?”

“So much worse,” replied Bee. “I’m not sure how we restore the norms.”

“I think all real hope for politics in America is local,” Colbert said. “Washington is the worst. Every time you go there it’s like ‘oh my god, it got on me again.' It is like because of Trump, honesty
suddenly seems cool."

When asked, "What does your show do?," Bee replied, “Catharsis. It is really a collaborative environment. If we show people a world they can understand, you can pull them into it.”

Regarding the recent sexual impropriety events, Colbert said, “Guys are getting busted for whipping out their [redacted]. One of my kids said, ‘If sexual impropriety were the weather, this is hurricane season.’"

Bee said, "I am happy to be alive in a moment when people are feeling free to share their stories…I wish I had a button under my desk that had sexual predators fall into a pit of crocodiles."

Colbert brought up Bee’s Tweet about a "fantasy indictment league’ and asked who would be on her team and why. 

“I’m excited to hear the secrets of my best Elf on the Shelf Jared Kushner," said Bee. “I’m sad by what gives us joy now.”

Ninety minutes into the show, the audience had an opportunity to ask questions. A member of NJ11 For
Change asked for advice on how to "fully throw herself into advocacy full time," to which Colbert shared how his involvement in his sister’s run for Congress changed him.

Bee that "the moment we are living in requires that you address things in the now." 

"It’s all part of the decency conversation," she said. "Play somewhat within the rules with some thoughtful out of the box thinking."

“In the time of eroding standards, the time is not to abandon your own,” said Colbert. 

He then thanked the audience by sharing that doing shows like "Sad! A Happy Evening…" gives them more than an audience.

“It gives us a community,” he said. 

For more information, visit Montclair Film - http://montclairfilm.org/
 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

East Orange/Orange

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

July 12, 2018

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

2nd Annual Love & Not Hate March Today in East Orange

July 13, 2018

EAST ORANGE, NJ - This morning the Rev. Al Sharpton will join East Orange Mayor Ted Green for their 2nd Annual Love & Not Hate March against gun violence at 8:00 AM. 

The March will begin at Hollywood Ave & Central Avenue in East Orange and will work its way to Oval Park. Once at the park there will be youth activities, vendors, music, school give-a-ways and much more.

Even More Valuable Case Study Topics

In the last article, we looked at finance and marketing topics that would make ideal case studies. This time, we want to continue looking at case studies that can help even complete beginners to the world of business improve their skills. We will look at customer relations, leadership and self-help topics.

Customer Relations

Customers are the lifeblood of any business, but it can be ...

More Essential Niches for Case Studies

Last time, we discussed how valuable business-related case studies can be in showing the way to success for aspiring entrepreneurs. In this article, we will be discussing two more important categories, finance and marketing. 

Finance

Finance case studies can offer valuable guidance for small businesses. Topics include:

* Budgeting

* Best accounting practices

  Automation ...

Winning Case Study Topic Areas

In the last article, we discussed why case studies can be an excellent opportunity to add income and prestige to your business. This time, we want to start taking a look at the kinds of case studies that people in your niche would be eager to see. 

Business Case Studies

Every small business can use a helping hand when it comes to laying a solid foundation for success. One of the most ...