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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.
Greetings from a gloriously happy Karenatasha. Why so glad, you say? Look at Mondayâs guest! The cinephile in me couldnât be more delighted…
Monday, 6/6: Werner Herzog:
A mysterious man whoâs been held prisoner all his life in a basement and does not know who he is, where he came from, or even how to speak (The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser, or Every Man for Himself and God Against All). A crazed conquistador who takes an ill-fated trip down the Amazon, leading his legions to death in the New World (Aguirre, the Wrath of God). An angel flying over Berlin. Whether heâs doing fiction or documentary, Werner Herzog is one of the most brilliant, obsessed, and original filmmakers around. Heâs a superb visual stylist who creates amazing images, and while he often seems to drive his actors round the bend, he elicits incredible performances from them, too. Itâs no wonder heâs drawn to the twin themes of madmen and unfettered nature; they seem to match his own personality exactly.
Herzogâs much-praised latest work is Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a 3D movie about a closely guarded cave in France that holds the world’s oldest known cave paintings. Hereâs a short tidbit on the film from NPR. I just saw it and it’s visually stunning. After his appearance, I hope to do an additional “Special ReporT” on Herzog, providing more background and context on his career.
This should make Stephen tremble: Herzogâs gripping documentary Grizzly Man, about wildlife advocate Timothy Treadwell, who lovedâ¦BEARS. His tragic fate will confirm all Stephenâs worst fears.
Read Slateâs fascinating commentary of the film.
Read the effusive New York Times review.
See the trailer.
Visit Werner Herzog’s “only authentic and official website.” You’ll be able to find out the latest news, learn about DVD releases, and much more. It’s an excellent site.
Tuesday, 6/7: Sugar Ray Leonard
He punched his way to an Olympic gold medal and then to professional boxing success, setting an amazing series of records. Sugar Ray Leonardâoriginally named Ray Charles Leonard, after the singerâwas a National Golden Gloves champion, Boxer of the Decade in the 1980s, and an inductee in the Boxing Hall of Fame. Yet he took a break after the Olympics to attend the University of Maryland on scholarship, intending to quit boxing forever. But a series of setbacks after graduationsâhis parentsâ illnesses and a girlfriendâs pregnancyâsent him back to the ring, and he embarked upon one of the most brilliant careers in the history of the sport, filled with retirements, comebacks, and changes in his weight class. And this week he speaks about both his personal and professional life in a new autobiography, cowritten with Michael Arkush: The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. Among the revelations: that he was sexually abused by an Olympics coach.
He does good as the International Chairman of the the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Walk for a Cure, and the charismatic sportsman also showed off a different form of fancy footwork on Dancing with the Stars.
Wednesday, 6/8: Bre Pettis
In a world where machines do most of our manufacturing, Bre Pettis takes a different approach: he picks up tools and constructs robots and lots of other things by hand. His playful approach could spell fun on The Colbert Report. Pettis is the founder of Makerbot Industries, the host of History Hackers on the History Channel, the producer of video podcasts, and part of the Hacker Collective.
If you’re feeling creative, why don’t you make a project with him?
Go to his official website, where you can watch hundreds of Breâs videos. Or go to his YouTube channel.
Read his blog and his manifesto on the âcult of DONE.â
Hear a podcast interview with Bre.
Follow him on Twitter.
Thursday, 6/9: Tom Ridge
Quickâ¦call security! Tom Ridge was President George W. Bushâs Secretary of Homeland Security, a new position created in the wake of 9/11. He has stated that he resigned from the job because he was pressured to raise the terror alert prior to the 2008 elections. (Bush administration officials denied the claim.) Prior to that, he had been a several-term congressman and the governor of Pennsylvania. He currently serves on the board of several businesses (including Home Depot and Hershey) and has created Ridge Global LLC, which a company that provides guidance on international security. In the last election, he strongly supported John McCain and many thought he might become the vice presidential candidate. We all know who got THAT call. Now, a new controversy is swirling around him: heâs advocating fracking (an environmentally destructive form of extracting natural gas) in Philadelphia, and protestors have been out to stop him.
Ridge is the author of The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege…And How We Can Be Safe Again, cowritten with Lary Bloom. (And yes, that is Lary, not Larry.) In 2009, he was a guest on The Daily Show, but he has not visited Stephen before.
What he and Stephen have in common: Although Ridge is not completely deaf in his left ear, it was damaged due to a childhood illness, and he wears a hearing aid.
And Now, Letâs Check In with Our Good Friend, Jon Stewart!
Some great guests and old friends on The Daily Show this week.
Monday, 6/6: Maziar Bahari
Canadian/Iranian reporter Maziar Bahari returns to The Daily Show. Bahari, who works for Newsweek and is also a playwright and filmmaker, had been detained for several months by Iranian authorities in 2009 after doing an interview with TDS correspondent Jason Jones. Shortly after his release, he discussed his imprisonment with Jon.
He has a new book, Then They Came for Me: A Familyâs Story of Love, Captivity and Survival in Iran, set for release the day after his appearance.
Tuesday, 6/7: Fareed Zakaria
On the day after Bahari’s visit we have another Newsweek-associated reporter: good friend Fareed Zakaria, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Future of Freedom and The Post-American World, which is now being released in an updated and expanded â2.0â version. Zakaria is also host of the CNN show Fareed Zakaria International. He has appeared twice on The Colbert Report, in 2008 and in 2005. His last appearance on TDS was nearly a year ago, in July 2010 (he discussed Jonâs beard!), but he has been one of Stewartâs most frequent guests. Zakaria has so many clips, I canât post them all here!
Wednesday, 6/8: Larry King
TV and radio host Larry King was long one of the most popular personalities on the air, and has interviewed almost everyoneâincluding Jon. He has garnered numerous awards for his work, including Peabodys, an Emmy, and a Cable ACE. Last December, he ended his regularly running show on CNN, Larry King Live, although he still does some special programs. King has written several books, including My Remarkable Journey, a look at his life and times and the closest to an autobiography as heâs ever gotten.
Thursday 6/9: Howard Wasdin
Stephen had Navy SEAL Eric Greitens, and now Jon has one on his show, too: Howard Wasdin is the author of the recently released book, SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper, written with Stephen Templin. SEAL Team Six, to refresh your memory, is the group that killed Osama bin Laden. (Not Wasdin; he had retired for medical reasons by them—otherwise, he probably couldn’t write this book!) Wasdin received the Silver Star for his work with the Navy.
I think it looks like a great week for both shows. What about you? Who are you looking forward to seeing? And can we hope that FINALLY there will be a long-overdue toss? Come ON, guys. We need to see you together again.
Cheers, everybody, and let me hear from you!