This is eight days before the next episode, from Comedy Central's news headquarters in New York, of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
This is also the day that Congress finally passed healthcare reform. Two days later, President Obama signed the bill into law.
I wonder if the Daily Show / Colbert Report break has anything to do with the timing of the passage and signing of the wonderful new law. Not long ago, the White House complimented the two fake news shows on their quality and toughness of coverage.
Perhaps the legislators and executives wanted a few days for the dust to settle before Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert broadcast the biggest fuckin' deals about their positive and difficult-to-pass for-the-good-of-the-people legislation.