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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.
What do Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart have in common besides hosting two of the smartest, funniest, and award-winningest shows on cable TV? Well, for one thing, they sure do make it on a lot of the same Top 10 lists. For another, they both know how to make a suit look good.
Each year, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert manage to entertain us, inspire us, and maybe, even teach us a thing or three. Each year, we aren’t the only ones who notice. Here’s a round up of the various publications who’ve honored our boys throughout the year. They each get a hearty “tip of the hat” from the Hub!
Stephen & Jon
All About Colbert
Julie Bowen Claire Dunphy have an affair with? Stephen Colbert of course!! (6.15)
Or Hugh Laurie if he were to walk across the lot and visit the “Modern Family” set.
I always knew there was a reason why I was such a fan of Julie Bowen. She has good taste in men, and potential future co-stars!! I would love to see Stephen on “Modern Family”, if only he didn’t have a major scheduling conflict. Do I hear a Dunphy / Pritchett road trip to New York City!?!
Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow may be a running gag on “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central, but it is spending money as it sees fit, with little in the way of disclosure, just like its noncomedic brethren.
Comedians, including Mr. Colbert in the last election, have undertaken faux candidacies. But his Super PAC riff is a real-world exercise, engaging in a kind of modeling by just doing what Super PACs do.
“I am much taken by this and can’t think of any real parallel in history,” said Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution. “Yes, comedians have always told jokes about elections, but this is quite different. This is a funny person being very serious, actually talking about process. What comedian talks about process?”
Mr. Colbert not only talks about process, he has become a part of it. The current law governing political action committees was laid down in a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, which lifted many restrictions on how corporations, unions and others could spend money on behalf of almost any cause.
While most of the rest of the news media continue to cover the coming election with long-running tropes — whose horse is ahead and who has the most loot? — Mr. Colbert has taken the equivalent of a political homework assignment and sprinkled a little silly sauce on top, and people seem happy to dig in.
“He is taking on a serious subject that many Americans find deadly dull and is educating the broader public on why it matters and what is at stake,” said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. Still, she adds, “it’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, like a specific campaign or the electoral system.”
One person who works on “The Colbert Report” who declined to be named, in keeping with the secrecy of Super PAC-hood, said that like the other soft-money operations with soft and cuddly names, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow is in it for the long haul, because, as he pointed out, “there wasn’t a lot of competition for this piece of real estate.” “Not even the actual news reporters want to cover campaign finance. We decided that we would just see how far we could go,” he said. “And it turns out that, like everyone else raising money in politics, we can pretty much do what we want.”
Full Article: New York Times.
(Thanks to Susan209 and Mariana312 for the link)
Last night on “The Rachel Maddow Show” Rachel discussed (and gushed) about Stephen’s comic genius and his SuperPAC’s impact on the outcome of the Iowa Straw Poll.
(Thanks to Mr. Arkadin for the link)