It’s tough to get a lot of voters extremely interested in a voting year that is not offering a presidential election. However, this year Comedy Central sure plans to try, putting together live Election Night coverage hosted by none other than Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The Election Night episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will air back-to-back on November 4.
In usual fashion, The Daily Show will hit the schedule first, and will begin airing at 11 p.m. ET (so, 8 p.m. PT, since it is a live broadcast). The special episode is rolling with the title “Democalypse 2014: America Remembers It Forgot to Vote.” It wouldn’t be a big night without a special guest star, and Comedy Central’s release notes that Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee will be joining the broadcast via a satellite appearance. At least it’s not via a hologram appearance.
The Colbert Report episode is also getting a special title, although it’s way more of a mouthful. The live coverage will be called, “Midterms ‘014: Detour to Gridlock: An Exciting Thing That I Am Totally Interested In—Wait! Don’t Change the Channel. Look at this Video of a Duckling Following a Cat Dressed Like a Shark Riding a Roomba! ‘014!.” Andrew Sullivan is expected to join Stephen Colbert for the episode, and it seems like the blogger will actually be showing up on set. The Colbert Report will air from 11:30-midnight ET and will hit the schedule at 8:30 p.m. PT.
This isn’t the first time that Comedy Central’s shows have covered big political events. As recently as 2012, The Daily Show covered the Democratic convention along with the presidential election that year, and the show has covered other conventions and similar events in the past. After all, politics are the name of the game for The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.
What makes this year’s coverage special—beyond the epic names created for the two episodes—is that this will be the last time Stephen Colbert will be able to let his freak flag fly during an election. The longtime Comedy Central host is leaving The Colbert Report to take over The Late Show after David Letterman retires at the end of the TV season. However, his tenure on The Colbert Report will be even shorter, ending in 2014. We’ve already heard about the host’s big plans for his epic sendoff.
But his Election Night coverage will be a sendoff of sorts, as well, since he won't be able to be as political on network television. All in all, it should remind us why we love Colbert’s zonkers onscreen personality. He’s going to have to button that up a bit for CBS, and I’m sure we’ll miss it.