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
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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
, and books
, his exploits satirizing awful pulp sci-fi
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]
"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
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]
How Many Stephen Colberts Are There?
There used to be just two Stephen Colberts, and they were hard enough to distinguish... [more inside]
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]
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]
The Second City
, the world's premier theater of comedy and school of improvisation, is celebrating
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]
"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)
(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).