With yesterday’s terrible news of Elizabeth Edwards’ passing, there’s been a lot of infuriating headlines about the woman’s life. No doubt, she got a bum rap when it came to husbands. Former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards did her wrong, and maybe never deserved her in the first place. But the sparkly-eyed mother of four, best-selling author, attorney, homemaker, public speaker and activist deserves a richer legacy than that of a disappointing man’s betrayed wife. She was better than his flaws and bigger than her disease. For an example of her articulate goodness and conviction, look no further than her calmly impassioned 2008 appearance on The Colbert Report, after the jump. (Colbert himself appears to fall in love with her at the 3:26 mark.) What a lady. READ FULL STORY
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From lady killer to media killer: Cee-Lo Green appeared on The Colbert Report last night to tout his new album, The Lady Killer, and host Stephen Colbert found a way to make the musician’s infectious “F–k You” even more catchy for his Nation. Since the Report is “a family show” — why wouldn’t it be, what with its focus on
incredibly petrifying cuddly bears? — Colbert recommended a replacement phrase for the song’s title: Fox News. (Sorry, little guy, Beef Stew was ultimately rejected for this more “positive” phrase.) Though Green did eventually sing the real lyrics to his hit later in the show, he appeased the host for one verse, singing: “Saw you driving ’round town with the girl I love on Fox News / Didn’t see one politician that wasn’t corrupt on the Fox News, and I get the blues / The poor get poorer, the rich get richer / Ain’t that some s— / I’m having pains in my chest because I’m so stressed over Fox News.” (See the video embedded after the jump.) Alright, Fox News interviewee/sometimes singer John Ashcroft — it’s high time for a song battle, no? READ FULL STORY
A crowd estimated at more than 250,000 turned up in Washington, D.C., today to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert host the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, but that doesn’t mean the hosts have developed big heads. During a press conference following the event at the National Press Building, Stewart insisted that though they inspired hundreds of thousands to travel to the nation’s capital to engage in rational dialogue, they hardly consider themselves significant political figures. “We’re not running for anything,” Stewart told reporters. “We do television shows for people that like them. And we hope people continue to like them so Comedy Central can continue to sell beer to young people.” Read on for the highlights from the press conference:
- Stewart and Colbert have been planning the rally since March. Not that they expected it to actually happen. “The number of scripts we generated, the number of ideas, the number of people we talked to — to have it all coalesce and funnel through this three-hour window and for it to happen is just [an] incredible joy,” Colbert said.
- Many watched the rally — at the Mall and at home. According to a rep from Comedy Central, 4 million streamed the rally on computers from home, while more than 250,000 people were in attendance. And a good chunk of those 250,000 people rode to the rally in one of Arianna Huffington’s free buses: At the press conference, she said she had 200 buses carrying 10,000 people.
- Stewart wrote his keynote address one night before the rally. “I stayed up late last night until I was done…. I just wanted to speak a little bit from the heart,” Stewart said. Colbert, on the other hand, claimed he took even less time to write his own address: “I improvised everything I did.” READ FULL STORY
The McRib, the only fast food sandwich I know with a cult following, is returning to McDonald’s starting Nov. 2. Even though the McRib Locator has already documented some McRib sightings this season, it will officially be everywhere on the 2nd, which, as Stephen Colbert pointed out to The Colbert Report viewers last night, also happens to be Election Day.
Considering Election Day will be the first time the McRib has been featured at every McDonald’s store nationwide in 16 years — and may be the last time — Colbert is quick to point out that this clearly is a political move. In a clip montage, the host shows how this innocent, limited edition sandwich has become such a political pawn in the “concerted effort from liberals to suppress Republican turnout” at the polls on Election Day. As Colbert accurately argues, “You can’t turn out to vote if you’re waiting in line for a McRib.” (The L.A. Times points out that President Obama has a “proclivity for participating in fast food snacks,” and notes that the President might appreciate the sandwich, but not for the reasons Colbert argued.) See clip embedded after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Are you packing your windbreakers and gigantic Ahmadinejad heads, PopWatchers? If so, then you, like me, are probably preparing yourself for Saturday’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, hosted by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. (Or you’re a time traveler from the 1990s who once attended a not-so-kid-friendly papier-maché class.) So far, we don’t know too much about the goings-on at the rally — only purported guests from a National Park Service document, and the fact that there will, thankfully, be Porta-Pottys accessible — yet, that hasn’t kept over 200,000 supposedly (hopefully?) sane folks from RSVP-ing via the rally’s Facebook page.
So, are you one of them, PopWatchers? If so, I’ll see you there! If not, then be sure to check EW.com for our on-the-scene and telecast coverage. And for those of you wondering who else might attend, re-watch the Daily Show‘s final “Sanity Bus” segment from last night’s show. (Keep a look out for Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara!) Oh, and one more thing: Don’t be a douche. READ FULL STORY
Stephen Colbert jokingly stormed off The View today in mock tribute to Bill “Papa Bear” O’Reilly. Why was everyone, especially Barbara, so flustered? The View ladies were as humorless as a 15-term congressman. Has no one ever seen The Colbert Report? Just play along, women of The View and Maria Shriver! Just play along. READ FULL STORY
Need to see Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s upcoming Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, but can’t quite make the logistics work? If you were in the audience for last night’s Daily Show, you were in luck.
First, Colbert dropped by to taunt his sanity-promoting rival. Then Oprah Winfrey herself showed up via video screen. She told everyone in the audience to look under their seats, just like she does on her show. They found tickets to Stewart and Colbert’s Oct. 30 event in Washington, D.C. “You’re going to the rally!” Winfrey cried. “You’re going to the rally! Everyone’s going to the rally!” (Of course, since the event is free, those tickets might or might not be worth anything. Maybe she’s covering transportation costs?)
Check out Oprah’s Daily Show appearance after the jump (she arrives a little after the 6:00 mark). Are you planning on attending the rally? Let us know in the comments. READ FULL STORY
If you were on the fence about traveling to D.C. on Oct. 30 for Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity and Stephen Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive, perhaps this will make the decision easier: The events will be streamed online and broadcast live by Comedy Central. A network rep tells EW that the specifics — such as when coverage will begin — are still being ironed out, but as previously announced by Stewart on-air, the actual rallies are set for noon to 3 p.m. ET. Stewart explained on last night’s show that they originally sold the events as rallies for people who are usually too busy to be able to go to rallies. “Well, funny story,” he said, “some very sensible people then said, ‘Uh, I’m too busy to go to your rally.’ Which is a great point.” Watch the clip below.
I think this is a brilliant move by the network, which could get decent ratings on a Saturday afternoon. (It’s a reason for those exhausted busybodies to relax on the sofa, and/or a nice thing to have on in the background as you’re putting the final touches on Halloween costumes). Will this news affect whether you attend the rallies in-person? Poll!
Nearly two weeks after many members of Congress and the media gave Stephen Colbert a giant wag of the finger for testifying during a congressional hearing about immigration, the Colbert Report host appeared on the Late Show last night to chat with David Letterman about the ordeal. Even more refreshing than seeing a sense of humor on Capitol Hill in late September was watching Colbert talk to the late-night host out of character. (Something that’s rarer than a Stephen Jr. sighting!) “When Congress asks you to testify, how do you say no?” said Colbert, who was invited to testify by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren after he spent 10 hours on a farm in Upstate New York, working with the United Farm Workers of America and the Take Our Jobs campaign. He also addressed the media hullabaloo surrounding his testimony: “I said … ‘I’m happy to bring attention to this issue if you think that would help in some way, but I’m going to do it the way I do it because there’s no other reason for me to go.’ And [Lofgren] goes, ‘That’s great, that’s what I want.’ And I said, ‘Now you don’t think there’s any chance that people are going to go, I don’t know, apes—?’” (See video embedded below.) READ FULL STORY
promised on The Daily Show last night that she’d bus people from New York City to Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity come Oct. 30. “Details are still in the works,” HuffPo says, but if you want a ride on their dime, the sign up is this-a-way. (You have to sign up by Oct. 15.) I predict this will be the most Facebooked bus trip in history.Arianna Huffington
I was planning on getting to DC by the sheer force of my own sense of righteousness, but hey, a free bus ride is a free bus ride. How are you getting to the rally, PopWatchers?
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