Only In Monroe --- July 2015
July 1, 2015 3:44 PM   Subscribe

 
This is so wonderful. It's like Colbert joined Negativland.
posted by item at 4:01 PM on July 1, 2015 [13 favorites]


This is fabulous because everything else about MPACT is 100% real.
posted by potch at 4:14 PM on July 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


The guest at 22 minutes in caught me off guard. Wow.
posted by item at 4:18 PM on July 1, 2015


THIS IS EVERYTHING THAT IS RIGHT IN THE WORLD.

:D
posted by Fizz at 4:22 PM on July 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Holy crap, Bob Seger had a lot of hits. Colbert rattled off like 30 songs, there!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 4:24 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


The one thing that strikes me is how conditioned I am to expect a laugh track during the joke sections.

But Colbert is awesome and I am enjoying this.
posted by Zalzidrax at 4:26 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


It is so subtle and that is what makes it work so well.
posted by Fizz at 4:29 PM on July 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


That was just wonderful.
posted by absalom at 4:42 PM on July 1, 2015


And now, it's time for my turn.
posted by buzzv at 5:10 PM on July 1, 2015


This Colbert fellow seems to be a fine gent tries very hard and we welcome him to our community, but I wish he would have put up the Monroe Garden Club calendar we submitted over two months ago! Mrs. Hankins said it would be on TV after all.
posted by shockingbluamp at 5:15 PM on July 1, 2015 [3 favorites]


I was relieved to learn it was Monroe, Michigan, and not Monroe, Louisiana ("One City, One Future"), or Monroe, Georgia, or Monroe, Washington, or Monroe, Ohio, or Monroe, Utah, or Monroe, Indiana, or Monroe, Oregon, or Monroe, North Carolina (whose website Google reports 'may be hacked'), or Monroe, Connecticut, or Monroe, Iowa, or Monroe, Kentucky, or Monroe, Louisiana, or Monroe, Maine, or Monroe, Massachusetts, or Monroe, Nebraska, or Monroe, New Hampshire, or Monroe, Oklahoma, or Monroe, Pennsylvania, or Monroe, South Dakota, or Monroe, Tennessee, or Monroe, Wisconsin, or Monroe Township, New Jersey, or Monroe City, Missouri, or Monroe City, Texas or any of the 6 Monroevilles.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:15 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


i couldn't tell if mm was acting! (sgctc was better, but colbert's only in monroe > between two ferns ;)
posted by kliuless at 5:20 PM on July 1, 2015


Holy crap, Bob Seger had a lot of hits.
He should've had his own episode of Yacht Rock...
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:26 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


I don't mean to spread rumors, but I heard that this was actually taped on Colbert's new set at the Ed Sullivan Theater (although they're still considering adding a couple more artificial plants).
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:55 PM on July 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Reminded me of Fernwood 2Night - in a good way. Whatever happened to Baby Irene?

Also, here's the Yelp review that dates back 15 years.
posted by adamg at 6:17 PM on July 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


Double-checking, I see it was only 11 Seger songs listed... but even then, (I think) Colbert didn't get around to We've Got Tonight, Feel Like a Number, Hollywood Nights, Beautiful Loser, Come to Poppa, Rock and Roll Never Forgets, Still the Same... and more. I knew Seger had been popular, but the man had so many hits in the 70s it's a wonder there was room for anybody else on the charts!

Colbert has somehow been looking a little more youthful lately. Did he dye his hair? Has he been doing dermal fillers? Am I just imagining it? It's not like a huge change, but it's like he's turned the clock back 5 years or so. (And Eminem never ages. Maybe he's shared his secret for eternal youth with Colbert?)
posted by Ursula Hitler at 6:20 PM on July 1, 2015


I was spitting my O'Douls from laughter at this.
posted by Metro Gnome at 6:25 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was a little disappointed in Em. He usually has a pretty good sense of humor and should've known things were going to get weird when he greed to appear on a cable access program guest hosted by Stephen Motherfucking Colbert. Unless, of course, his confusion was feigned. In that case, brilliant.

Also his hoodie over hat thing made his head look lumpy.
posted by item at 6:59 PM on July 1, 2015


I loved this. I get the sense that it was way too meta for Eminem to get his head around initially. Or that he was doing a great job of acting confused.

You might remember Kaye Lani Rae Rafko from Roger and Me.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:36 PM on July 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is fucking award-winning brilliance.
posted by odinsdream at 8:20 PM on July 1, 2015


... It did say copyright The Late Show, so it sounds like it wasn't actually on public access, or something.
posted by odinsdream at 8:22 PM on July 1, 2015


I lost it at the cats.
posted by univac at 8:26 PM on July 1, 2015


I'm pretty sure Eminem was in on the joke. He plays the straight man brilliantly, I've seen it before. It was very "Between Two Ferns".

And it apparently was actually filmed in Monroe, the local news had photos of him and his crew eating at a local bar the night before.
posted by zug at 9:21 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]


Based on his appearance in The Interview, I can't see any reason to believe that Eminem was not 100% totally in on the joke.
posted by Uncle Ira at 9:25 PM on July 1, 2015 [2 favorites]


I'm really glad that that was that good
posted by Golem XIV at 9:33 PM on July 1, 2015


I loved the Yelp bit and the Mac desktop backgrounds circa very early OS X.
posted by juiceCake at 9:37 PM on July 1, 2015


> I was relieved to learn it was Monroe, Michigan

He could call it "better Mon-know a Monroe" and do em all.
posted by boo_radley at 9:45 PM on July 1, 2015


Yeah y'all are likely right. Watching Em's segment again it seems more like he's doing a really good job playing a straight man instead of a really shitty job as a real interviewee. I wish he'd act more often, especially since he hasn't released a decent record in over a decade.
posted by item at 9:57 PM on July 1, 2015 [5 favorites]


He must have been in on it, notice how he brings his middle finger towards his thumb to wave at the end.
posted by sweetmarie at 12:10 AM on July 2, 2015


... It did say copyright The Late Show, so it sounds like it wasn't actually on public access, or something.

Only in Munroe is a real show.
posted by Gary at 1:24 AM on July 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


Kayle Lani Rae Rafko was a dream mashup of Joan Callamezzo and beautiful nurse Anne Perkins.
posted by batbat at 4:29 AM on July 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


The NYT has an interview with Mpact's program director about how this came to be.
posted by unmake at 9:48 AM on July 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


I wonder how long Colbert trained on saying Kayle Lani Rae Rafko's name in as conversational a manner as possible. Days? Weeks? Or is he Just That GoodTM?
posted by odinsdream at 12:44 PM on July 2, 2015


Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet - a Twine game about Stephen Colbert . I'm not sure if this is strong enough for a FPP or if I just want to use the title "awaken the centaur (euphemism) or awaken the centaur (literal)?"
posted by Gary at 3:39 PM on July 17, 2015


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