Hot List 2012: Television Winners
Favorite Late-Night Host
The Colbert Report
From the moment Ohio was called for Barack Obama in November 2008, Colbert has been trying to wipe that goofy grin off his face. And since then, the satirist has deftly inserted himself into the American political conversation, bringing the yuks to millions with his Comedy Central show while pranking the political establishment with a Super PAC that raised $1.23 million. Whether skewering the clunky Apple Maps or creating a pro-mayo spot that helped entice Miracle Whip to run ads during every commercial break, Colbert straddles the intersection of mirth and mammon like no other.
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart