Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream come true

Sc_lIn China, it’s the Year of the Pig. But here, it’s still the Year of the Colbert. Tonight, Stephen Colbert formally launches his very own Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream flavor by having Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield on The Colbert Report with pints of his AmeriCone Dream: vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle pieces and caramel.

Over the weekend, Colbert visited Aspen, Colo., where the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival proclaimed him “Person of the Year,” with giant mock magazine covers of the Comedy Central host and the headline, “Not you. Me.” Take that, Time. (That’s from him. Not us.)

Colbert took part in a long, funny exchange with CNN’s Jeff Greenfield (no apparent relation to ice cream mogul Jerry), who seemed to be auditioning for his own show in a Judge Larry Seidlin way; one of Greenfield’s attempted quips even included a Seidlin reference. The event included video tributes to Colbert from Jon Stewart, Steve Carell, Strangers With Candy and Second City pals Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello and, ahem, presidential candidate John Edwards (?!). Colbert also recounted the lead-up and delivery of his speech last year at the White House Correspondents Dinner, talked up an upcoming book, explained his on-air persona and acknowledged that he hoped for more out of his hyped two-day on-air confrontation with his doppelgänger, Bill O’Reilly.

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“I was just a little disappointed because — and this was arevelation — I kind of thought he was playing a game,” Colbert said. “Ithought he’s assuming a persona on his show. But when he came on myshow, he didn’t really keep it up.  He didn’t really keep the personaup. He kind of dropped it.  And while it was a fun evening, I was alittle disappointed that we couldn’t actually come to emotional orargumentative agreement over things. Because he didn’t actually want toplay the game that I was emulating. You know what I mean? He saw themirror that I was presenting and he didn’t really want to play. Ithought that we kind of — it would be this fugue of O’Reillys at eachother.”

As for the rest of the on-air Colbert personality traits, he said they include:

  • A pre-show ritual that includes shaving his body, then singingalong in the mirror to Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me.” “That wasthe very first decision we made about the character,” Colbert said.
  • Taking a nod from TV’s Archie Bunker, TV’s Colbert is “a well-intentioned, poorly informed, high status idiot.”
  • He is “willfully ignorant” of his guests.
  • He went to Dartmouth. “I wrote for The Dartmouth Review, you see,with Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham.  I think I tagged LauraIngraham.  I’m not exactly sure.”
  • He has to give the illusion that he believes what he’s saying.

Some of these beliefs will show up later this year in a book, whichColbert joked would be titled, “I Am America and So Can You.” “It’sjust like an O’Reilly book or a Hannity book,” he said. “It’s a pureextension of the show. You know, it’s 20 subjects. You know, all of theimportant things: the “culture war,” religion, hygiene. Sports. Sorry,handball, you’re just tennis for poor people. I call ‘em as I see ‘em.I’m scared of Koreans! I just – I just think things and then I saythem. Sometimes I don’t even think them. You can’t deal with it, don’tread my book.” We know what we’ll be eating for dessert while we readit.

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  • He rocks

    “I’m scared of Koreans” Priceless. Colbert comes from my hometown of Charleston, SC. He’s the best thing to come from there since Hootie and the blowfish. Oh wait, hootie sucked, he’s just the best period.

  • Dre

    It still surprises me that some people don’t realize that Cobert is acting! He is the farcial version of Bill O’Riley, not a copycat! Old news, I’m sure, to all of you reading this thread.

    • PatrickeCarine

      Upper East Side love my area! I’ve lived in the West Village too but the Upper East Side is just the right pace for me. It’s a little sleowr which is just what I need after a crazy day at work (plus, as you can see, there is a lot of fro yo nearby!)

  • Caitlin

    he looks a little bit like rob lowe in that picture.

  • (another) Caitlin

    Oh man, I desperately want to see the tribute Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris made! I wish they would put this event out on DVD or steam it online or something. I’m sure they could make a pretty penny. It sounds like this was a really fun event :)

  • Sara

    I have such a crush on him.

  • Heather

    Stephen Colbert is just made of awesome. I love him. My fiance doesn’t like to watch the Colbert Report and just doesn’t get the humor of it. But since I watch it religiously every night, I think he’ll come around to it in time. ;D

  • Jason

    Shame on Entertainment Weekly for making the cast of Grey’s Anatomy their “Entertainers of the Year” for 2006 instead of Stephen Colbert!

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  • Amine

    Our Lord had a sense of humor but His message was one of vslaation. Being both God and Man, He proclaimed Himself to be their long awaited Messiah. This message was rejected by Israel after the many miracles He performed in order to show them exactly that His claim was valid. He made it very clear that unbelief in Him will result in people dying in sin .the sin of unbelief. Salvation was His message and he made it a point to tell the world in that day that He who does not believe in the Son of man, shall not see life. He told Nicodemus that unless a man be born again, He cannot enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but He was speaking of the spirit, not of the flesh. He came to offer man vslaation as the One who bore their sin and guilt on the cross, to offer grace to anyone who would simply believe. Unfortunately, to this day, a lot of people go around in either disbelief or trying to prove that they are good enough to earn vslaation. Both prospects are fatal. Salvation is simply by putting simple faith in the One, Christ Jesus, who bore all sin. All sin has already been judged on the cross. All man has to do is to believe the good news of vslaation by faith alone in Christ alone.

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