Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

daily show / colbert

jun
24
2011

I don’t trust children. They’re here to replace us. Nice try, kids.

— Stephen Colbert, on children (source)

jun
23
2011

Time for Another Election

2008 seems like yesterday … but 2012 is just around the corner. The Daily Show’s John Oliver panics about the coming onslaught of campaign coverage. (If you can’t see the video above, it’s available on The Daily Show website.)

mar
29
2011

If We Raise $26,000 by Friday, Stephen Colbert Will Sing “Friday” with The Roots! | Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Colbert has challenged Fallon’s viewers to raise $26,000 for DonorsChoose. If they succeed, Colbert will perform Rebecca Black’s “Friday” with The Roots. It’s a spectacle I can’t pass up, so I donated to a yearbook class in Tampa, Fla., that needs a new digital camera. I have a few free $25 DonorsChoose gift codes — let me know if you want one.

dec
22
2010

No Joke | Slate Magazine

Chris Beam writes, “By pushing for the 9/11 first responders health bill, Jon Stewart steps onto the political playing field.”

nov
08
2010

Re-imagining 'Grand Theft Auto'

The Daily Show’s John Hodgman has a few ideas for making violent video games less appealing for children — one of which may appeal to fans of This American Life. And now that I’ve seen this, I can’t un-see it: …

sep
17
2010

Take It Down a Notch, for America

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are hosting dueling rallies on the National Mall next month. Awesome. Edited 1:56 p.m.: All this may be slightly premature. Apparently they’ve filed for their Mall permit, but it’s not approved yet.

mar
05
2008

quote of the day: control

I am so excited to follow [the Ohio and Texas primary election] returns that I am not following these returns. I am TiVoing CNN at home. I like to touch my TV screen whenever John King touches his TV screen. …

jan
28
2008

national treasure

Earlier this month, The Colbert Report aired a multi-part mini-saga of Stephen Colbert’s efforts to have his portrait hung in one of the Smithsonian museums. The end result was that the National Portrait Gallery agreed to display his portrait for …

oct
23
2007

meet the candidate

Stephen Colbert had a brilliant turn this past weekend on NBC’s Meet the Press as he discussed his book and his presidential candidacy (in South Carolina only) with host Tim Russert. It started out a bit shaky, but the second …

jul
25
2007

High school is all about cliques. The only reason I am who I am today is because I was rejected by the athletes, the mathletes, the rich kids, the potheads, the Jewish kids and the glee club. I was left with only the Dungeons and Dragons Society, the student government and the audio / visual club. You put those together, you get my show.

— Stephen Colbert, on cliques

feb
26
2007

on the telly

This afternoon I have tickets to a taping of The Daily Show here in New York. I’ve been super-psyched for about a month about this, and it’s a bit weird that it’s finally here. Since they overbook every show to …

jan
13
2007

steven in stereo

Damn you, Robert Schneider. In my weekly Ticketmaster concert alert e-mail, I saw a listing for an upcoming performance by Apples in Stereo, Schneider’s band, at the Black Cat in D.C. Since then, I’ve had Schneider’s maddening ode to Stephen …

jan
07
2007

I would say laughter is the best medicine. But it’s more than that. It’s an entire regime of antibiotics and steroids. Laughter brings the swelling down on our national psyche, and then applies an antibiotic cream. You gotta keep it away from your eyes … Obviously, it’s a challenge to make light of the darkness but, um, it’s better than crying about it.

— Stephen Colbert, on making light (source)

dec
01
2006

colberterists

Oh this is going to be fun! Reports TV Squad: It seems like indie group The Decemberists are looking to get a little green screen action too, through their new contest, Re-animate The Decemberists, in which fans download footage of …

nov
28
2006

You have an obligation five nights a week to be serious and funny. I have an obligation five nights a week to be serious and boring. It takes a lot of courage to be boring five nights a week.

— Jim Lehrer to Stephen Colbert, on courage (source)

nov
09
2006

better know a district

The folks behind the Post’s “Reliable Source” column point out today that while some politicians have looked really silly during their appearances on The Colbert Report (let’s not forget the unopposed congressman who jokingly admitted to enjoying cocaine), it hasn’t …

nov
02
2006

clip show

There was a bit of a to-do earlier this week when Comedy Central asked YouTube to pull thousands of Daily Show and Colbert Report videos from its site. I finally found some clarification today: Comedy Central asked the video sharing …

aug
11
2006

What are you implying, Jon? That O’Reilly and Geraldo are narcissists enthralled of their own overblown egos? Projecting their own petty insecurities onto the world around them? Inventing false enemies for the sole purpose of bolstering their sense of self-importance? Itty bitty Nixons minus the relevance or a hint of vision? How dare you!

— Stephen Colbert

jul
21
2006

colbert on the brain

Today I’ve been plowing through a series of congressional district maps for our Campaign 2006 coverage. In a sure sign that I watch too much of The Colbert Report, every time I start a new map, I imagine Stephen Colbert …

mar
23
2006

Bring the truth … or whatever you’ve got.

— Stephen Colbert