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C-Span Asks Web Sites to Pull Colbert Clip
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/8/06 | Natasha T. Metzler - ap

Posted on 05/08/2006 9:15:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - Political comedy often is intended to stir controversy, but this doesn't usually involve broadcasting rights and the public affairs network C-SPAN.

The cable network asked two Internet video providers, YouTube and IFILM, to pull clips of Stephen Colbert's April 29 performance at the White House Correspondents Association dinner from their Web sites.

C-SPAN said it contacted the companies because the copyrighted material was posted online without its permission.

Both YouTube and IFILM complied with the request.

Colbert hosts a satirical current events show on Comedy Central and performed his comedy routine at the correspondent's dinner.

YouTube posted the Colbert video shortly after the dinner ended and received the letter to remove it May 3, according to Julie Supan, senior director of marketing. The Colbert video was viewed 2.7 million times in less than 48 hours, she said.

"Our community was really passionate about it," Supan said.

After removing the video, YouTube received a large number of e-mails asking about the missing clip, Supan said. A misconception that C-SPAN is funded by the government led viewers to complain that the Colbert video should be in the public domain, Supan said.

IFILM declined to comment.

C-SPAN is a private, nonprofit company and holds the copyright on the entire correspondent's dinner.

On May 5, two days after YouTube received C-SPAN's letter, the Colbert video was publicly available through an agreement with Google Video.

Google had been talking with C-SPAN about a partnership before the dinner, according to Jennifer Feikin, director of video and multimedia search partnerships.

C-SPAN said it chose Google as a partner because it agreed to post video of the entire dinner, and to include a link to C-SPAN's Web site.

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On the Net:

Google video of correspondent's dinner: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid-4973617448770513925

C-SPAN: http://cspan.org


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bombed; clip; colbert; coverup; cspan; pull; unfunny; websites; whcadinner

1 posted on 05/08/2006 9:15:42 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
Why that unfunny video is still at the top of the video list on C_Span is beyond me. Cobert bombed out and very few people laughed at his pathetic act of sheer ignorance
2 posted on 05/08/2006 9:18:36 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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Transcript of Stephen Colbert's WHCA Speech: You Be the Judge

http://editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002461887&imw=Y&imw=Y&imw=Y

By E&P Staff

Published: May 04, 2006 10:25 AM ET

NEW YORK Four days after the event, the controversy over Stephen Colbert's routine at the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday night -- and the media's reaction to it -- continues to build, with followup stories in The New York Times, Los Angeles, and dozens of other places, including MTV.com.

E&P published the first account of the affair on Saturday night, and has presented numerous stories -- and dozens of letters to the editor -- since. But you be the judge. Here is a transcript of his speech, delivered in his usual faux-Bill O'Reilly voice. It closed with a video segment, not transcribed here.

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COLBERT: Wow, what an honor. The White House Correspondents' Dinner. To actually sit here, at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper -- that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face.

Is he really not here tonight? Dammit. The one guy who could have helped.

By the way, before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Somebody from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail.

Mark Smith, ladies and gentlemen of the press corps, Madame First Lady, Mr. President, my name is Stephen Colbert and tonight it's my privilege to celebrate this president. We're not so different, he and I. We get it. We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol. We're not members of the factinista. We go straight from the gut, right sir? That's where the truth lies, right down here in the gut. Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up.

I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. Every night on my show, the Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut, OK? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone." Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term.

I'm a simple man with a simple mind. I hold a simple set of beliefs that I live by. Number one, I believe in America. I believe it exists. My gut tells me I live there. I feel that it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and I strongly believe it has 50 states. And I cannot wait to see how the Washington Post spins that one tomorrow.

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong, welcome. Your great country makes our Happy Meals possible. I said it's a celebration. I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.

I believe in pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps. I believe it is possible -- I saw this guy do it once in Cirque du Soleil. It was magical. And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe it's yogurt. But I refuse to believe it's not butter. Most of all, I believe in this president.

Now, I know there are some polls out there saying this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias.

So, Mr. President, please, pay no attention to the people that say the glass is half full. Sir, pay no attention to the people who say the glass is half empty, because 32% means it's 2/3 empty. There's still some liquid in that glass is my point, but I wouldn't drink it. The last third is usually backwash.

Okay, look, folks, my point is that I don't believe this is a low point in this presidency. I believe it is just a lull before a comeback. I mean, it's like the movie "Rocky." All right. The president in this case is Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed is -- everything else in the world. It's the tenth round. He's bloodied. His corner man, Mick, who in this case I guess would be the vice president, he's yelling, "Cut me, Dick, cut me!," and every time he falls everyone says, "Stay down! Stay down!" Does he stay down? No. Like Rocky, he gets back up, and in the end he -- actually, he loses in the first movie.

OK. Doesn't matter. The point is it is the heart-warming story of a man who was repeatedly punched in the face. So don't pay attention to the approval ratings that say 68% of Americans disapprove of the job this man is doing. I ask you this, does that not also logically mean that 68% approve of the job he's not doing? Think about it. I haven't.

I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.

Now, there may be an energy crisis. This president has a very forward-thinking energy policy. Why do you think he's down on the ranch cutting that brush all the time? He's trying to create an alternative energy source. By 2008 we will have a mesquite-powered car!

And I just like the guy. He's a good Joe. Obviously loves his wife, calls her his better half. And polls show America agrees. She's a true lady and a wonderful woman. But I just have one beef, ma'am. I'm sorry, but this reading initiative. I'm sorry, I've never been a fan of books. I don't trust them. They're all fact, no heart. I mean, they're elitist, telling us what is or isn't true, or what did or didn't happen. Who's Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was built in 1914? If I want to say it was built in 1941, that's my right as an American! I'm with the president, let history decide what did or did not happen.

The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will.

As excited as I am to be here with the president, I am appalled to be surrounded by the liberal media that is destroying America, with the exception of Fox News. Fox News gives you both sides of every story: the president's side, and the vice president's side.

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!

Because really, what incentive do these people have to answer your questions, after all? I mean, nothing satisfies you. Everybody asks for personnel changes. So the White House has personnel changes. Then you write, "Oh, they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!

Now, it's not all bad guys out there. Some are heroes: Christopher Buckley, Jeff Sacks, Ken Burns, Bob Schieffer. They've all been on my show. By the way, Mr. President, thank you for agreeing to be on my show. I was just as shocked as everyone here is, I promise you. How's Tuesday for you? I've got Frank Rich, but we can bump him. And I mean bump him. I know a guy. Say the word.

See who we've got here tonight. General Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff. General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They still support Rumsfeld. Right, you guys aren't retired yet, right? Right, they still support Rumsfeld.

Look, by the way, I've got a theory about how to handle these retired generals causing all this trouble: don't let them retire! Come on, we've got a stop-loss program; let's use it on these guys. I've seen Zinni and that crowd on Wolf Blitzer. If you're strong enough to go on one of those pundit shows, you can stand on a bank of computers and order men into battle. Come on.

Jesse Jackson is here, the Reverend. Haven't heard from the Reverend in a little while. I had him on the show. Very interesting and challenging interview. You can ask him anything, but he's going to say what he wants, at the pace that he wants. It's like boxing a glacier. Enjoy that metaphor, by the way, because your grandchildren will have no idea what a glacier is.

John McCain is here. John McCain, John McCain, what a maverick! Somebody find out what fork he used on his salad, because I guarantee you it wasn't a salad fork. This guy could have used a spoon! There's no predicting him. By the way, Senator McCain, it's so wonderful to see you coming back into the Republican fold. I have a summer house in South Carolina; look me up when you go to speak at Bob Jones University. So glad you've seen the light, sir.

Mayor Nagin! Mayor Nagin is here from New Orleans, the chocolate city! Yeah, give it up. Mayor Nagin, I'd like to welcome you to Washington, D.C., the chocolate city with a marshmallow center. And a graham cracker crust of corruption. It's a Mallomar, I guess is what I'm describing.

Joe Wilson is here, Joe Wilson right down here in front, the most famous husband since Desi Arnaz. And of course he brought along his lovely wife Valerie Plame. Oh, my god! Oh, what have I said? [looks horrified] I am sorry, Mr. President, I meant to say he brought along "Joe Wilson's wife. "Patrick Fitzgerald is not here tonight? OK. Dodged a bullet.

And, of course, we can't forget the man of the hour, new press secretary, Tony Snow. Secret Service name, "Snow Job." Toughest job. What a hero! Took the second toughest job in government, next to, of course, the ambassador to Iraq.

Got some big shoes to fill, Tony. Big shoes to fill. Scott McClellan could say nothing like nobody else.

[VIDEO FOLLOWS]


3 posted on 05/08/2006 9:19:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: MJY1288

You'd think the lefties would be embarrassed by how badly Colbert bombed.


4 posted on 05/08/2006 9:21:46 PM PDT by alnick
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To: alnick

You'd think with all the brilliant minds on the left at their disposal, they could do a bit better, huh?


5 posted on 05/08/2006 9:22:54 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is silly - I remember Don Imus, one year awsome, the next flop-sweat. Let it go.


6 posted on 05/08/2006 9:23:20 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: NormsRevenge

Brian, give it up. The s**t is out of the horse.


7 posted on 05/08/2006 9:25:53 PM PDT by RichInOC (Stupidity is its own punishment...but some people need an enhanced sentence.)
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To: MJY1288

Why, the answer to your question would be thus: Blind hatred.


8 posted on 05/08/2006 9:29:25 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: NormsRevenge

So, have the moonbats cried "censorship" yet since C-SPAN obviously is trying to cover up Colbert's "speaking truth to power" by telling sites not to post the video?


9 posted on 05/08/2006 9:51:55 PM PDT by Master Shake
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To: MJY1288

But .. it fits the liberal "kooks" agenda. Bashing the President is what they like to see - because it agrees with them. And .. when Colbert was just plain rude and insulting - all the better for the kooks.


10 posted on 05/08/2006 10:06:25 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Drive-by Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: NormsRevenge

Colbert bombed! The President was funnier than he was!


11 posted on 05/08/2006 10:18:49 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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12 posted on 05/08/2006 10:20:53 PM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
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To: NormsRevenge

COLBERT:

. . .

I know some of you are going to say "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut. I did. My gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. Every night on my show, the Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut, OK? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone." Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term.

. . .

Perhaps word salad best captures Colbert's alleged comic bit.

Word Salad

In the mental health field, word salad (originally from the German Wortsalat) is used to describe the symptom of confused, and often repetitious, language that is symptomatic of various mental illnesses. It is usually associated with a manic presentation and other symptoms of serious mental illnesses, such as psychoses, including schizophrenia. It describes the apparently confused usage of words with no apparent meaning or relationship attached to them. In this context, it is considered to be a symptom of a formal thought disorder. In some cases word salad can be a sign of asymptomatic schizophrenia; e.g. the question "Why do people believe in God?" elicits a response like "Because he makes a twirl in life, my box is broken help me blue elephant. Isn't lettuce brave? I like electrons, hello."


13 posted on 05/08/2006 10:22:04 PM PDT by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: CyberAnt

I feel he wasn't even serious enough to be considered rude, he was simply not at all funny and his pathetic attempts to trash President Bush came off as typical hate speech that defines the Democrat Party


14 posted on 05/08/2006 10:24:22 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

I agree with you .. but I just condider such actions right in the face of the President as rudeness - it must be my age that's showing.


15 posted on 05/08/2006 10:28:05 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Drive-by Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: CyberAnt
The way the President handled that glittering jewel of colossal ignorance was exactly how he should have handled Colbert.... Simply smile, and say "good job" and exit the leftist cesspool ASAP :-)
16 posted on 05/08/2006 10:32:05 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: MJY1288

Well .. Bush's skit with the "alter ego" was priceless .. and I believe he thoroughly enjoyed allowing the "other Bush" to spew the stuff that Bush could never say in public. I especially enjoyed "screw 'em". It was so appropriate!!


17 posted on 05/08/2006 10:37:03 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Drive-by Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: CyberAnt
:_), I liked that part too :-)

GNight CyberAnt

18 posted on 05/08/2006 10:39:14 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: NormsRevenge
It's so blatantly obvious the Libs don't want to have the video available. All their Kool-Aid drinking pundits are going nuts over the reception accorded Colbert's attempts at humor, as if it was some kind of heinous conspiracy. If real, live people can see for themselves that Colbert was unfunny and sucked, all their punditry will be for naught.

Just CYA, as usual, for them.

19 posted on 05/08/2006 11:03:32 PM PDT by JennysCool ("I simply do not remember getting out of bed.")
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To: NormsRevenge

The Left may have had the songs, ah, but we have the sense of humor.


20 posted on 05/08/2006 11:44:15 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (Give Them Liberty Or Give Them Death! - IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide
It's definitely not high on the funny scale. Fell flat in most places. Here's a link if anyone has trouble sleeping tonight ;)
http://free.guba.com/general/video/Comedy/alt.binaries.multimedia.comedy/May02/page1/2000742810?query=colbert&type=s
21 posted on 05/08/2006 11:52:11 PM PDT by catbertz
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To: catbertz
It's definitely not high on the funny scale. Fell flat in most places.

Thanks. Colbert's droning bored me to the point of turning off his skit after only a couple of minutes. :( Colbert's nonexistent standup comic skills seem on par with the poor drawing skills shown by most editorial cartoonists.

23 posted on 05/09/2006 8:22:31 AM PDT by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I write topical humor for radio DJs and have done it every day for 15 years. In my professional opinion, there are some pretty good lines (or at least ideas for lines) scattered here and there in this. But the problem is with the attitude, which is relentlessly one-sided and grounded in an arrogant belief that the opinions of the writer are fact and anyone who might disagree is stupid and misinformed. That's deadly for comedy because pomposity is what comedy skewers, not what it celebrates. It's particularly deadly when it is done in an inappropirate venue, such as right in front of the President of the United States, who obviously can't respond.

Colbert is a character or concept comedian (something that wears out fast with me, like Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy whining). His concept is that he's a big lib playing a lib's cliche idea of an arrogant, boneheaded conservative blowhard. It's a one-note idea based on a false stereotype. Therefore, what might appear to be self-deprecating humor that makes the comic look ridiculous is actually an attack on people he doesn't like, so it comes across as nasty rather than funny. That's why liberals like it so much: it reinforces their own prejudices and allows them to smugly belittle everyone who might disagree with them. But it's bad humor. Good topical humor is not blindly partisan: it skewers hypocrisy wherever it is found. Otherwise, it's just mean-spirited propaganda disguised as humor (see the smug sarcasm of Al Franken, which has the sentence structure of jokes, but seldom displays any wit or even linguistic creativity).

24 posted on 05/09/2006 1:02:47 PM PDT by HHFi
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The loony leftists just loved it - as far as they're concerned it was the greatest bit of political comedy ever created, and anyone who didn't think it was funny is nothing but a Bush-loving fascist. Richard Cohen of the Compost is being flayed alive by the moonbats for saying Colbert wasn't funny, and we all know what a reliable little leftist he is.


25 posted on 05/09/2006 1:07:17 PM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: NormsRevenge

I fell asleep trying to watch it on YouTube and it's just as Gawdawful boring in transcript form.


26 posted on 05/09/2006 1:44:27 PM PDT by InsensitiveConservative
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To: NormsRevenge

Wow, I hadn't seen it. Reading it was torture. Like a guy at the neighborhood bar doing standup.


27 posted on 05/09/2006 1:48:26 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: HHFi

That's a succinct and well-written analysis of Colbert's humor. Good job and thanks...it's a nice change to read an intelligent thought process as it develops.


28 posted on 05/09/2006 1:56:27 PM PDT by Chunga (Mock The Left)
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To: MJY1288
Cobert bombed out and very few people laughed at his pathetic act of sheer ignorance

Hardly anyone laughed at Jon Stewart at the Oscars, and yet mostly everyone here loved it. The audience didn't laugh because the audience was the media, and the media was the butt of most of the jokes.
29 posted on 05/09/2006 5:59:47 PM PDT by Quick1 (There is no Theory of Evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.)
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To: Chunga; HHFi

I somewhat agree, somewhat disagree with both of you on the composition of Colbert's humor.

While I would agree with HHFi's statement that he is a "character or concept comedian", I would say that his style is more akin to Andy Kaufman than Bobcat Goldthwait. In specific, his presentation is so 'in character', that for many people it is difficult to see that it is, in fact, just a character.

I disagree that the stereotype is false. I would say without question that it is a stereotype, and it wouldn't apply to (most) conservatives, but there are enough who fit the mold to make it a stereotype.

For example, when I was still a registered Libertarian (and actually a candidate for NM Senate for a while), I could make jokes about the far fringes of that party (you know them, the ones who want to put their own toll-booths on their own streets to pay for fixing their potholes themselves).

The fact that I could joke about it meant the stereotype was valid. The fact that (some of) the other Libs found it funny meant they personally didn't fit the stereotype. The fact that my candidacy stopped at the state convention meant there were more of the stereotype types there than I previously thought;)

If, instead of joking about it, I had done as Colbert does, and made my speech at the convention skewering the topic facetiously by proposing it as a plank in my platform tongue-in-cheek, they probably would have nominated me.

So, for at least some of us, those of which are far enough away from the stereotypical conservative stance he lampoons, find that the "self-deprecating humor that makes the comic look ridiculous" and which "is actually an attack on people he doesn't like" doesn't come across as "merely nasty" at all.

It is freakin' hilarious.

After having read all about this, I went out and got a copy of the video (intact, not the edited version--24 mins. 16 secs.). I saw all the 'funny/unfunny' posts (not just here), I wanted to examine it for myself.

I watched it, and the only two jokes without a noticable response from the audience were two on which the timing was off (it took a second or so to get the joke and he was already tallking again).

I think the audience thought that his performance was funny. I don't think they got too enthusiastic about it, but this wasn't a comedy club, its a freakin' state dinner with armed men in sunglasses walking around at night.

I think that HHFi's comment at the end is really the point on which his interpretation diverges from mine. He says: "Good topical humor is not blindly partisan: it skewers hypocrisy wherever it is found."

I think you missed the point on Colbert. He doesn't do topical humor. The topic is merely the day's springboard for his character (while your job is exactly the opposite--making good generic jokes for ANY character on a given topic).

He really is like Andy Kaufmann. I think (personally) he is brilliant, and has perfectly captured the arrogant ignorance personna.

I would suppose that the ire he raises in viewers would be directly proportional to the viewer's own resemblence to his character.

The ire he raises on his show with liberal guests is pretty funny, too. Even though he is acting, I've seen a lot of people almost come unglued from the questions he asks them. The ones who are prepped aren't as funny.

And you have to note as well that Tom DeLay was completely fooled, thinking that Colbert was supporting him (apparently, his staff posted a segment where Colbert interviewed Robert Greenwald on his 'defenddelay.com' website before they realized Colbert was a parody).

Since I come to conservatism from a different place than many others, I find it pretty interesting, and I watch his show often.

BTW, the show which is on just before, "The Daily Show", is really the topical humor show. Colbert used to be just a character on that show before they decided to spin him off to his own half-hour.


30 posted on 07/10/2006 4:59:43 PM PDT by writch (Fiscally conservative, socially progressive, likes guns, and above all, only interested in the facts)
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