Prior to Sunday, one would have to return to 2002–more than ten years ago–to find a show not listed as “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as the winner of the Outstanding Variety Series.
After Sunday, he will only need to turn the calendar back to September 22, 2013. That, the night of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, is the night that Stephen Colbert’s “The Colbert Report” took home the Variety Series Emmy.
Colbert’s show had been forced to applaud “The Daily Show” since its first nomination in 2006. It flipped things on its launchpad series Sunday night.
Earlier in the night, “Colbert” won for Variety Series writing. “Saturday Night Live,” meanwhile, won the Variety Series directing prize.