Skip to comments.Jon Stewart Defends Colbert's Dinner Speech
Posted on 05/02/2006 11:07:14 AM PDT by MC Miker G
NEW YORK Probably to no one's surprise, Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "Daily Show," hailed the performance of his stablemate Stephen Colbert at Saturday night's White House Correspondents dinner. Colbert's lampooning of the president and the press has generated a good deal of praise and criticism.
"It was balls-alicious," Stewart said. "Apparently he was under the impression that they'd hired him to do what he does every night on television" -- that is, make fun of conservatives, public officials, and the press in the guise of an O'Reillyesque talk show host.
"We've never been prouder of him, but HOLY ----," Stewart added.
He also described the annual dinner as "where the President and the press corps consummate their loveless marriage."
Colbert then followed Stewart, on his own show, "The Colbert Report," describing the "honor of appearing" at the big dinner. He said the room was full of "power players," so he "fit right in."
I blame the people that invited him more than I do Colbert. They either should have known, or they did know, what they were getting.
..am I the only one that thought he was funny?
Hey, the truth hurts.
Kinda like the idiots who invited Rosanne to sing the National Anthem. Really dumb idea.
He wasn't funny
Couldn't have been any worse, or better, depending on your point of view, than the year Imus showed up and absolutely ripped the Clintons.
At least he made Imus feel better.
Colbert's act flopped without a straight guy and props.
But the real problem was he followed President Bush. That was funny!!!
I have never found this Colbert guy funny at all, really.
I haven't been this pleased about a bombing since Doolittle did Tokyo.
yeah I thought it was pretty funny as well...disrespectful but funny.
Nope. I thought he did alright. Especially the video bit with Helen Thomas. Of course the jokes were meant to rub the administration... they always do. The whole point of the evening is that the President gets to rub back, too. But it's always been a "roast" type event.
I didn't think it was too bad, mainly because I didn't see it.
I saw Bush's thing on the internet. It was very funny.
I am just curious, wtf did the White House THINK was going to happen? It made as much sense as if they hired Olberman to be the press sec instead of the Snowman. Next time they should try this guy.
"Colbert's act flopped without a straight guy and props."
I think it had more to do with the type of jokes and the audience. He would get about the same response telling Jesus jokes in the vatican.
Jon Stewart is another example of comedians who believe because of what they do, they are instantly qualified to be serious political analysts.
Just like Franken and Garafalo.
It was well written, but poorly delivered.
"am I the only one that thought he was funny?"
I have to ask, are you Colbert's mom?
I thought he was really funny. But then again, I've never had trouble laughing at myself or skewering sacred cows... in fact, that's the kind of humor I prefer!
I missed the part where he made fun of the press.
He was not funny to me.
"..am I the only one that thought he was funny?"
No, there was that other guy who also scored some really good weed that night who thought he was funny.
Like No. 23 -- "Stoned on the Mountain."
The whitehouse didn't hire him. The Whitehouse Press Corp. did.
His routine had one or two (maybe three) moments that were funny. The Helen video was wretched.
Even the jokes about the Press weren't funny
No, I thought he was funny, too. Humor always contains an element of truth and in D.C., too much truth is deadly.
Methinks his jokes struck a little too close to home.
I especially liked his joke about the fabulous government (governing least) in Iraq.
Gee, Hitler defends Mussolini. Big suprise.
"They practically carried me out on their shoulders," he said, "even though I wasn't ready to go."
Now THAT'S funny.
Then I am surprised that is allowed to happen. I am also surprised they didn't just have Michael Moore come in and yell at the Bush's.
Exactly! What is it with the Dems that make them think these "clowns" or "comics" should have a say in the serious business of running the country? We have adults, they have comics.
It doesn't take much to entertain some people, as witness ten-year-old boys making farting noises with their underarms. That's the caliber of humor by the current crop of witless late nighters.
Don't quit your day job, Tex.
I only caught the very end and still haven't seen it, but the room was strangely silent. I only later learned that he had completely bombed.
Especially as my employees HAVE to laugh at my jokes.
I am so tired of the culture of 14 year old boys....
And Imus did exactly what he did every day on his show, too.
Only to you face. Behind your back, they're they one's making the jokes --at your expense. (Pun intended)
I didn't actually hear him, but the clips I heard on some of the radio shows were embarrassingly unfunny.
And even that sympathetic audience couldn't muster a laugh.
Didn't waste my time with it. Don't watch Letterman or Maher either.
Would rather chew sand or watch Helen T. take a sitz bath.
Fair enough, but then again, what does qualify one to comment on political matters? It's not as if Rush or Hannity have M.A.'s in political science.
Ah, we see eye to eye! I was a school teacher. I listened to this kind of *humor* day in and day out. It's tiresome (at least to me). It's like laughing at someone slipping on a banana peel or making fun of the fat kid in class.
"I missed the part where he made fun of the press"
Here's what he said:
"But the rest of you, what are you thinking, reporting on NSA wiretapping or secret prisons in eastern Europe? Those things are secret for a very important reason: they're super-depressing. And if that's your goal, well, misery accomplished. Over the last five years you people were so good -- over tax cuts, WMD intelligence, the effect of global warming. We Americans didn't want to know, and you had the courtesy not to try to find out. Those were good times, as far as we knew.
"But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works: the president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know - fiction!