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A tweet too far. #cancelcolbert and twitter hashtagivism

Last night on the show Colbert's show posted a tweet, "I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever." That didn't sit well with twitter user and blogger Suey Park who created and then promoted the hashtag #cancelcolbert. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Mar 28, 2014 - 627 comments

He's back

After a summer of John Oliver, Jon Stewart returns to host The Daily Show. (slyt) [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Sep 4, 2013 - 57 comments

Johnny Cummings is destroying America

In which Stephen Colbert exposes how Johnny Cummings is destroying the moral fabric of small-town America.
posted by saladin on Aug 16, 2013 - 46 comments

Checked with my peeps...and they're feelin funky on this one.

Stephen Colbert holds dance party after Daft Punk pulled from show - Comedian and political satirist Stephen Colbert makes no secret his love of music on his late-night program The Colbert Report. But after a contractual conflict that scuttled a guest appearance by Daft Punk, Colbert unleashed his ire onto MTV and his parent company Viacom. Colbert Dances to Daft Punk's Get Lucky (direct link to video)
posted by dougzilla on Aug 7, 2013 - 167 comments

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Ordinary special elections rarely merit wide attention, but tonight features no ordinary special. Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch face off in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District tonight. Sanford, famous for resigning in disgrace after abandoning his state in search of an Argentine mistress while claiming to hike the Appalachian Trail, faces Colbert Busch, sister of Stephen Colbert. Latest polling shows the race within 1 point, with Green Party candidate Eugene Platt potentially playing spoiler. Stretching along five counties on South Carolina's Atlantic coast (PDF), the district is primarily in the mustard-based barbecue sauce region, one of four in the state.
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on May 7, 2013 - 42 comments

Neutral to the Slibs!

Initiate salutation cascade, star-citizens! Seven years ago tonight, Stephen Colbert introduced Tek Jansen to the world. Originally a one-off parody of vanity fiction by media blowhards, the "super-awesome spectacular ultraspy" became the center of a small universe of comics, cartoons, and books, his exploits satirizing awful pulp sci-fi, rampant Mary Sue "Marty Sue" syndrome, and the cheesy melodrama of 1970s Hanna-Barbera. Look inside for US/Canadian links to both animated seasons along with other content available on the web. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Oct 26, 2012 - 3 comments

Steve Almond vs. Jon Stewart and Colbert

"Our lazy embrace of Stewart and Colbert is a testament to our own impoverished comic standards. We have come to accept coy mockery as genuine subversion and snarky mimesis as originality. It would be more accurate to describe our golden age of political comedy as the peak output of a lucrative corporate plantation whose chief export is a cheap and powerful opiate for progressive angst and rage." -- Steve Almond, in The Baffler
posted by Miss T.Horn on Jul 18, 2012 - 219 comments

Viacom Pulls Free Daily Show and Colbert Report from the Web

Viacom pulls free Daily Show and Colbert Report from the web. The move comes after satellite broadcaster DirecTV stopped carrying Viacom's cable channels Tuesday night. One of DirecTV's issues with Viacom is the amount of content the cable programmer puts online for free. DirecTV and other distributors fear that giving programs away online undermines the pay-TV business model. As if sitting through hundreds of this was not price enough to pay.
posted by Danf on Jul 11, 2012 - 112 comments

"You are a feminist icon, sir."

"Some critics have said in response to this that if the Catholic church's insurance does not cover Sandra Fluke's birth control, it shouldn't cover Cardinal Dolan's Viagra. Oh, no, no, no, that's called celibacy plus. That's how the pros do it. Because chastity is one thing, but it shows true commitment to uphold your vows when you are sporting a crook you could hang a miter on. Oh, wow, see you at mass on Sunday, sir? I hope he doesn't become Pope. I'm a Catholic, it's okay. I go to confession, it will be fine. "
- Stephen Colbert, speaking at the TIME 100 Gala, in front of Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 27, 2012 - 83 comments

You know what every kitchen needs? A Bloonderbooss or a Boomashootn, and Swedish Chef shows us why.

The Swedish Chef (Muppet Wiki) is the incomprehensible preparer of foodstuffs for The Muppet Show. A rather literal variation of the Live-Hand Muppet concept, the Swedish Chef is a humanoid character, with human hands rather than gloves. An annotated list of every televised appearance of the Swedish Chef is after the fold... Børk! Børk! Børk! [Click here to view the thread translated fully into Mock Swedish] [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Mar 16, 2012 - 45 comments

The goldfish is fine! In fact he is tweeting!

Though no longer a Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain has resumed publicizing his bold, marginally practical flat-tax plan (previously). Cain Connections has released several new videos including: "9-9-9 The Movie: Slaying the Tax Monster," [YT] a 5-minute animation, and "This is the Economy on Stimulus," a bleak, child-narrated criticism of the stimulus. [more inside]
posted by obscurator on Mar 12, 2012 - 113 comments

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak

Stephen Colbert interviews Maurice Sendak: part one (aired 1/24), part 2 (aired 1/25) [more inside]
posted by flex on Jan 26, 2012 - 55 comments

President Colbert, the lobbyists are here to see you

Why Citizen's United isn't the problem, and why Stephen Colbert is missing the mark. [more inside]
posted by postel's law on Jan 17, 2012 - 88 comments

How Many Stephen Colberts Are There?

How Many Stephen Colberts Are There? There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish... [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jan 5, 2012 - 84 comments

"Dana is playing Bill Clinton literally breastfeeding puppies—that was our introduction to America."

GQ: Teats Out: An Oral History of the Rise and Fall (and Rise) of "The Dana Carvey Show." "Steve Carell. Stephen Colbert. Louis C.K. Charlie Kaufman. Robert Smigel. Some of comedy's greatest minds got one of their biggest breaks on the short-lived but much-loved "The Dana Carvey Show." Fifteen years later, in this exclusive oral history, the players recount the brief but fertile life of a truly unusual show", all eight episodes of which are available on Hulu. (Previously) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 9, 2011 - 33 comments

You get me

Congratulations Graduates! Here are some comedic commencement speeches to send you off into the world:

Stephen Colbert's advice for the Northwestern graduating class of 2011: Don't follow your stupid dreams. Jokes start right away, serious bits start 18 minutes in.

Amy Poehler addresses the facts of the 9/11 memories of recent graduates.

Comedian Dwight Slade speaks to his own high school graduate.

More? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 20, 2011 - 19 comments

Gaby Dunn's 100 Interviews

100interviews: NYC writer and comedienne "No Fun" Gaby Dunn made a list of 100 types of people she knew existed but had never met. A transgendered person, someone who had been to prison, someone who had saved a life, a one-hit wonder, a psychic, someone from a third world country. She wanted to find out about all the stories she was missing out on, so she is interviewing every one of them. [more inside]
posted by milestogo on May 3, 2011 - 121 comments

Sanity, Fear, and Sanchez

The Year's Top Moments from Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert, according to TPM.
posted by pecknpah on Dec 31, 2010 - 39 comments

Keep Fear Alive

Stephen Colbert is holding a rally: the March to Keep Fear Alive. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen on Sep 17, 2010 - 444 comments

Colbert Spits Fiyah

A few months back, Jay-Z released the single "Empire State of Mind"[YT] off of his latest album, The Blueprint 3[buy]. The songs features Jay-Z with a supporting chorus by Alicia Keys. Alicia Keys would then go on to release "Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down" for her new album The Element of Freedom[buy]. Last night Alicia Keys performed this song live on the Colbert Report with a rather surprising special guest[YT].
posted by cavalier on Dec 16, 2009 - 69 comments

Happy Birthday, Second City!

The Second City, the world's premier theater of comedy and school of improvisation, is celebrating its 50th birthday. The school has had many notable alumni: Some early Second City performances by Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert, some reminiscences by Tina Fey, Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie, and Fred Willard. [more inside]
posted by twoleftfeet on Dec 12, 2009 - 37 comments

Colbert predicts the Oscars

Once again, Stephen Colbert predicted the winners in all of major Academy Award categories ten days in advance, using an unconventional methodology. Well kinda... there was one category where he waffled.
posted by twoleftfeet on Feb 22, 2009 - 63 comments

Colbert will love you, baby!

Wilco perform "The Wilco Song" on The Colbert Report... and Tweedy even manages to work Colbert's name into the lyrics. Apparently, the band are tight with a certain candidate.
posted by chuckdarwin on Nov 1, 2008 - 35 comments

I've Been Saying That Shit For years

The Colbert/McCain Green Screen Challenge
posted by Xurando on Jun 28, 2008 - 43 comments

We'll Do It Live! F*ck It!

This recently-surfaced tape of Bill O'Reilly flipping out on the set of Inside Edition has inspired a dance remix, meltdown compilation, and parody by Steven Colbert (first three links NSFW).
posted by farishta on May 15, 2008 - 57 comments

Your Moment of Late Night Cartoon Violence

Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien fight over Mike Huckabee (which is so much more fun than Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon fighting over Sarah Silverman).

Yeah, fake fight, especially knowing Conan and Colbert are united against bears. [more inside]
posted by wendell on Feb 6, 2008 - 57 comments

Fake news is dead! Long live fake news!

The Daily Colbert Show Report returns January 7th! ...sorta. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 21, 2007 - 135 comments

I'm an Op-Ed Columnist (And So Can You!)

"I called [Stephen] Colbert with a dare: if he thought it was so easy to be a Times Op-Ed pundit, he should try it. He came right over. In a moment of weakness, I had staged a coup d’moi. I just hope he leaves at some point. He’s typing and drinking and threatening to 'shave Paul Krugman with a broken bottle.'”
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 15, 2007 - 56 comments

Can't we just go Dutch?

If European and North American societies are morally responsible (print-friendly) for safeguarding free speech, should we also take financial responsibility for its proponents' safety (pf)? Hitchens seems to think so.

Today's moral dilemma is brought to you, of course, by the West's favourite Voltairian nightmare: prominent Islam critic, former Dutch MP, and scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Oct 9, 2007 - 17 comments

See Him In The Funny Papers

Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen: The Comic Book is coming to newsstands in two weeks, but you can see an entire 7-page Tek story at Entertainment Weakly Weekly's EWW EW.com. A little promotionally fluffy info. Of course, there has already been Tek Jansen fan fiction, but this is, like, authorized and pre-read by Stephen Himself.
posted by wendell on Jun 28, 2007 - 29 comments

Colbert on O'Reilly, O'Reilly on Colbert

Stephen Colbert on the O'Reilly Factor. Bill O'Reilly on the Colbert Report
posted by kirkaracha on Jan 19, 2007 - 110 comments

Colbert's black friend and his white writers

"My Shtick? Being Black." You probably know Jordan Carlos from his role on The Colbert Report. Like me, you may not have known he didn't actually work there: "'Saturday Night Live' has no black writers. 'The Daily Show' also doesn't have any, and neither does 'The Colbert Report,' a show on which I've played Stephen Colbert's black friend 'Alan,' a member of the staff. That's right. 'The Colbert Report' had to hire an actor to play a black person who works on the show." (via Oliver Willis)
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Jan 8, 2007 - 180 comments

the year of the truthiness

Merriam-Webster's 2006 Word of the Year is NOT in their online dictionary. Officially coined on October 17, 2005, it had already won the American Dialect Society's 2005 Award (pdf) where they claim that "other meanings of the word date as far back as 1824", and is probably a shoe-in for for the Banished Words of 2007 list.

A distant number 2 is our friend "the goog", and after that, it's all NewsFilter/PoliticsFilter/IraqFilter (with that all-time classic "war" at #4).
(From the MeFite who posted the Favorite Words of 2004 and the Banished Words List in 2003 and 2004)
posted by wendell on Dec 9, 2006 - 48 comments

A Conversation With Steven Colbert

A Conversation With Steven Colbert [video]: Covering issues from truthiness to anti-Semitism in comedy to boxers vs. briefs, Colbert spent over an hour on Friday answering questions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Dec 4, 2006 - 15 comments

Stephen Colbert v. The Decemberists

Stephen Colbert has a “Green Screen Challenge”. The Decemberists have their own green screen challenge. Colbert calls them idea stealing jerks and issues a "Second Green Screen Challenge": "to edit me into the Decemberists' green screen challenge... Let's see how well they perform their trademark brand of hyper-literate prog rock when I'm slicing off their legs at the knee." Now the Decemberists are saying that awesomely wielding lightsabers was their idea, and that Colbert must have copied them, and they have the "Decemberists vs Stephen Colbert Guitar Solo Challenge".
posted by ND¢ on Dec 1, 2006 - 61 comments

Al Franken has awarded his COMMUNIST SEAL OF APPROVAL to Al Franken

These institutions have one very clear problem: they promote facts and books. Clearly something needs to be done. Call your local police or FBI field office or speak clearly into the closest potted plant to give the NSA all pertinent information regarding these and other terrorist elements. View a rough sketch of Hell. What we're doing is bringing democracy to knowledge.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Oct 19, 2006 - 16 comments

Great Colbert profile

A great Stephen Colbert profile. "It’s been a very good year for Stephen Colbert because it’s witnessed the birth of the Colbertocracy. We’re just voting in it."
posted by js003 on Oct 17, 2006 - 69 comments

The Great Writ

Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006). It was so pre-9/11 anyway. Instead we may get "our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts." What could go wrong?
posted by homunculus on Sep 28, 2006 - 156 comments

"I think that’s enough to get us kicked out of the EU."

The internet nerdocracy has inadvertently spawned a DDoS attack against a Hungarian government website set up to name a new bridge. Why? Because Stephen Colbert asked "the heroes" to march, and they obeyed. (We've heard from this guy before.) Next on their sights: The Saginaw Spirit team mascot. [more inside]
posted by absalom on Aug 17, 2006 - 23 comments

Stephen Colbert "On Notice" Generator

The Stephen Colbert "On Notice Board" Generator
posted by ColdChef on Aug 9, 2006 - 59 comments

Wikiality

Wikiality: the reality that the majority of people agree upon. Stephen Colbert is at it again, provoking some chaos in his segment, "The Word," by asking viewers to change the Wikipedia entry on elephants to say that the population has tripled in the last three months. How can Wikipedia deal with the problem of vandalism? Here's an interesting article from the New Yorker about "the world’s most ambitious vanity press."
posted by farishta on Aug 1, 2006 - 66 comments

Hello, Nerds!

World of ColbertCraft. No, it's not a real game. Yes, it's just a bit of clever believable marketing. But you get to hear Stephen say "Wiiiiiiiii," and that's a keeper.
posted by grabbingsand on Jun 26, 2006 - 20 comments

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland's passions

You may have known that Congressman Lynn Westmoreland (GA) has been a crusader for many great causes, such as HB 145, HB 180, HB 425, HB 500 and HB 637. However you may not have know that he has a second love. Which shines some light on why he has chosen to use his extensive knowledge and experience to co-sponsor H.Con.Res. 11 and H.Con.Res. 12. After listening to him explain why these two resolutions are so critical, I was almost swayed.
posted by Mr_Zero on Jun 16, 2006 - 96 comments

School of hard Knox

Stephen Colbert's Knox College Commencement Speech. In a similar vein to Jon Stewart's William and Mary speech and Conan O'Brien's Harvard speech.
posted by cloeburner on Jun 5, 2006 - 55 comments

Life imitates art.

Defend DeLay (link to embedded video). Tom DeLay needs your help to fend off the rabid liberal media. He appreciates the fact that Stephen Colbert is doing his part by taking on Robert Greenwald, maker of the upcoming "The Big Buy: Tom Delay's Stolen Congress" and previously "Outfoxed." (via)
posted by bardic on May 24, 2006 - 62 comments

Truthiness to Power

Steven Colbert (TruthyMan!) headlines the White House Correspondents Dinner -- and Bush is not amused. Will there be fallout? C-Span focused on Bush expression (lack of) during the slamming ... (link to story with video).
posted by Surfurrus on Apr 30, 2006 - 384 comments

Olberman v O'Reilly on Colbert

The current (and very amusing) Keith Olberman v Bill O'Reilly feud spilled over onto the Colbert Report last night during Olberman's guest stint. (link goes to embedded 7 minute video).
posted by jonson on Mar 16, 2006 - 64 comments

"I know--that's redundant."

Colbertfilter: Stephen waxes nostalgic with the release of Stormreach: DnD Online. Need a glossary? Len Lakofka. Lawful Good. Displacer Beasts. Beholders. GenCon. Mindflayer. Need some new dice? What DnD character are you? Grognards rejoice! You are not alone!
posted by bardic on Mar 5, 2006 - 165 comments

Steven Colbert hits his stride

Steven Colbert gets serious (sort of) in this Onion AV Club interview. His set is modeled after DaVinci's "Last Supper". His jabs make the local news. He fixed Canada. He coined the Word of the Year1: "Truthiness". Did not. Did too! And the word becomes mainstream2. (It explains the "craptastic state of politics"3) Some say Colbert's just hitting his stride.
posted by spock on Jan 27, 2006 - 57 comments

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