As many of you know, over the weekend Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took their corresponding acts to D.C., in a joint televised three-hour, commercial break-free Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Washington Mall. Naturally, people are talking about it today, and since we are people too, let's discuss the highs and lows of the event.
Today's news is chock full of surprises (Daniel Tosh outranking Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert?) and some not so surprising (Goodbye to High Society), if you have any sense of dignity when it comes to your TV lineup.
You will pry the Masturbating Bear from Conan's cold, dead hands, NBC!
Much has been bitched about how this country's leading comedians allegedly won't and/or can't find anything to make fun of Barack Obama about, but we both know that's not really accurate. Plenty of funny has been had this year regarding the guy, and I've found the greatest hits (that were available on Hulu, largely) for us all to enjoy on this, the most historically congested traffic day in the history of Washington, D.C., and posted them below. And I do apologize to all of you fine Canadians (we love you!) who can't watch the Hulu clips, but in this isolated case you have to admit, this is kind of our day. We have Hulu access, you have universal health care. I think we're even.
It's a rainy day in New York City, Dave Matthews is playing outside my window on the Today Show, and Oprah is no longer Forbes' "Most Powerful Celebrity." This day just keeps getting worse and worse.
Growing up in the 1980s, I didn't watch a lot of traditional "holiday specials." No special guests coming over, no singing songs by the fire, nothing like that -- just Charlie Brown, the Grinch and little Ralphie for me. So all I know about the golden age of holiday specials is what I've seen parodied on Saturday Night Live ("I'm Gumby, dammit!"). But from what I've seen, Stephen Colbert really nailed it in A Colbert Christmas, his Comedy Central Christmas special, which aired last night, although I can only imagine that his was a million times funnier, and that this time the humor was intentional. I would even go out on a limb and call it a new holiday staple, like A Christmas Story, although I don't know if I'd want it to play 24 hours in a row. Here are the five funniest moments from last night's airing.
I don't know why this Stephen Colbert post made me laugh so much... it just did. Maybe its because even he can't keep from cracking up during it. Maybe it is because I got some good drugs for the pain in my neck. Whatever. Enjoy!
Colbert's at his finest in this clip. He's all up in arms because kids are eating healthier foods instead of snacking on cookies. Fruit that isn't in loop or pebble form? That's positively un-American (his words, but I completely agree... just don't let my nutritionist find out.) Anyway, he blames this trend squarely on the shoulders of one Mr. Cookie Monster. And that is exactly where this belongs. Ever since the muppet started in with the "cookies are a sometimes food" shtick, kids are following his example, and maybe some adults too. Not Colbert though, he gets in an intense debate with the googly-eyed creature who ends up revealing way too much about his "Robert Downey Jr." like addictions to the delicious treats. This clip may be NSFW just because you'll be cracking up so much. It's a good thing my office mate is home sick today.
For anyone who didn't watch last night's episode of The Colbert Report (it'll be rerun once more tonight), I wanted to post this clip. Holy shit, Jon Stewart was a baby! And nothing ages a clip like stone-washed jeans and plaid flannel. However, Colbert is right -- Conan hasn't aged in fifteen years. It's a little creepy!
A nation was enthralled last week by the scrap that spanned A Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night With Conan O'Brien (culminating on O'Brien's show, here). And with a dearth of new material as the WGA strike winds down, Late Night has posted some great behind-the-scenes outtakes. I have to say, I loved the brawl; my favourite thing is when Colbert or O'Brien gets to do a field piece and goof off because they're both so hammy. Stewart is always kind of too cool for school, but he did his best with this thing. (Link via EW Popwatch.)