In his book 'Truth Be Told', ex CNN host Larry King remembers going on The Colbert Report, and since he feels Colbert basically does a parody of Bill O’Reilly, Larry purposely did a parody of himself and shticked it up to high heaven.
"We had fun," he recalls. Especially afterwards!
After the taping, Colbert told King:
"I was going to say it on the air, but I’ll tell it off the air:
"My first sexual experience was in a car and you were on the radio.
"I was in college—in the back seat."
"Was it romantic?" Larry asked.
Replied Colbert: “You had a good guest.”
Well, it beats popping your cherry to Rush Limbaugh.
TDS Contributor, mustache enthusiast and all round expert John Hodgman has written a new book, "That Is All".
John Hodgman-bestselling author, The Daily Show’s “Resident Expert”, minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire-brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge.
In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the distinction that all of the fascinating trivia and amazing true facts were completely made up by its author, John Hodgman. At the time, Hodgman was merely a former literary agent and occasional scribbler of fake trivia. In short: a nobody.
But during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, an incredible transformation occurred. He became a famous minor television personality. You may ask: During his whirlwind tornado ride through the high ether of minor fame and outrageous fortune, did John Hodgman forget how to write books of fake trivia? The answer is: Yes. Briefly. But soon, he remembered!
And so he returned, crashing his Kansas farmhouse down upon the wicked witch of ignorance with More Information Than You Require, a New York Times bestseller containing even more mesmerizing and essential fake trivia, including seven hundred mole-man names (and their occupations).
And now, John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar.
Release Date: 1st November, 2011
"The End is Nigh" Book Tour: Dates.
Website: Areas of My Expertise
Two books are coming out this fall that are devoted to the subject of Stephen Colbert. The first one we mention, And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise of Stephen Colbert) by Lisa Rogak focuses on his life, and his work, past and present.
Few comedians can generate headlines like Stephen Colbert. With his appearance at a Congressional hearing, his rally in Washington, his bestselling book, his creation of the now accepted word “truthiness”, and of course his popular TV show, nearly everyone (except the poor Congressional fools who agree to be interviewed on his show) has heard of him.
But who is he really? Lisa Rogak gives us a look behind the character. She reveals the roots of his humor and the tragedy that forever altered the family. She charts his early years, especially his close connection with Amy Sedaris that led to the cult TV show and movie Strangers With Candy. And she offers a look inside how The Daily Show and The Colbert Report work.
Ms. Rogak has written about Barack Obama, Stephen King, and Shel Silverstein, to mention a few, so Stephen is in good company here.
For more information and some reviews, please click here.
The second book, authored by Sophia A. McClennen, America According to Stephen Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy, delves into the effects of Stephen and The Colbert Report on our modern society’s discourse.
Is the comedy of Stephen Colbert simply fun or is it powerful political satire? Does it entertain viewers or does it empower them? Or does it teach us that in today’s media-saturated world those binaries make no sense?America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy claims that Colbert’s satire fosters critical thinking about social issues, encourages active citizenship, and entertains the viewer—all at the same time. The first book to cover the various themes and features of The Colbert Report, America According to Colbert offers readers insight into the powerful ways that Colbert’s comedy challenges the cult of ignorance that has threatened meaningful public debate and social dialogue since 9/11.
Praise for this book is effusive:
“America According to Colbert demonstrates that Colbert’s work is also a form of public pedagogy, teaching his audiences to be distrustful of power and fools, and to view all politicians, pundits, and politics itself with mistrust. McClennen’s well-written and documented study brilliantly illuminates the Colbert phenomenon and its importance for contemporary politics, journalism, and popular culture today.” —Douglas Kellner, Professor, UCLA; author of Guys and Guns Amok and Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy
For more information, check out the publisher’s page.
I imagine this will be on several textbook lists for Columbia University communications majors-and a lot of other college kids as well. If you college-age heroes see this one come up in your coursework, be sure to let us know. I would like to know how Stephen’s work is being utilized in classroom discussion.
Be sure to check out our Book Archive, which, we hope, comprehensively lists all the books out authored by or about Stephen.