You may not have seen it but, before the Colbert Report there was a show called Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, which was a round table discussion show featuring a dozen or so comics off and on that perform regularly at the Comedy Cellar in NYC.
Two of the comedians Patrice O’Neil and Keith Robinson are black and would often end up having very honest and very real conversations about things such as race, sexuality and politics. Its the broadcast embodiment of “the table” conversations you may sometimes hear comedians talk about in interviews. The Comedy Central execs towards the end of the show became increasingly uncomfortable with such content because the world “wasn’t ready for it” along with what they felt was excessive usage of racial slurs during these discussions by Patrice and Keith.
It may not have been wrapped up in the prettiest of packages but personally I felt they expressed a lot of the issues not only facing our world 10 years ago but now in a very honest and raw manner. If you aren’t offended by extreme language and are interested at a look into the world of comedians its something that you may enjoy checking out.