The Check-In is a segment of The Colbert Report which actually occurs during The Daily Show.
Early in the history of The Report, Stephen decided to give his Jewish friend John Stewart a ratings boost at the end of The Daily Show. Since then, John has been honored and privileged by being one of a handful of people who get to talk to the greatest living American on a regular basis. It is often the only reason John gets up in the morning.
During a Check-In, The Daily Show is actually worth watching because of Stephen's appearance. Additionally, viewers are sometimes able to learn even more about Stephen, like the fact that he would like to be on the Food Network rather than Comedy Central. Since Check-Ins usually occur during the last 5 minutes of The Daily Show, Report viewers are able to watch most of the first half-hour of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor on the East Coast or Red Eye on the West Coast.
- Stephen sometimes pre-records The Check-In so that he can focus on working on his show, which is more important than The Daily Show.
- The Colbert Report still records Stephen's Check-In audio on vinyl.
- You know those times when "The Daily Show" can't establish a satellite connection with "The Colbert Report?" It's China's fault.
- Since May 2007, The Check-In occurs twice a week, so that the live audience may bask in the warmth and camaraderie that exists between the two hosts.