Good news for Comedy Central and fans of their late night programming, with news coming through that two of their headline names Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have each signed for an additional two years on their contracts. Formerly called 'The Daily Show', the political satire program first aired on Comedy Central in July 1996 where it was then hosted by Craig Kilborn. However, Stewart has been at the helm of the program since 1998 and is very definitely the face of the show, the program changing its name to 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' in 1999.
The show has long been a ratings success for Comedy Central, and it was that which gave them the impetus to launch spin-off 'The Colbert Report' in 2005 starring Stehpen Colbert, who'd previously been working as a correspondent for Stewart. The success of that show too has been massive and Colbert has become arguably as big a name as his one-time senior cast member.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the new deals mean that Stewart is now contracted until the summer of 2015 whilst Colbert's new arrangement runs until the end of 2014. The move is a good one for Comedy Central, with them previously reported that 'The Daily Show' brings in more viewers in the 18-49 years old demographic than any other late night talk show currently.