I don’t know about all of you, but I’m eagerly awaiting Stephen’s return tonight. Here are a few things to read in the meantime:
Peter David, on meeting Stephen at the New York Comic Convention
- A Tale of Two Stephens – PeterDavid.net: “Got to meet Stephen Colbert. Actually, believe it or not, he wanted to meet me because of his cameo in ‘Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.’ I was at my table in Artist’s Alley when a convention rep showed up and said, ‘Stephen would like to see you.’ In point of fact, Colbert (so I’m told) was perfectly willing to come over to my table at the Alley, but the con folks were concerned about crowd control (and I can’t blame them.) So the mountain happily came to Mohammed and we had a nice chat about kids, science fiction, and comic books.” [Editor’s note: See our previous coverage of Stephen’s “Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man” cameo here.]
Vote for Stephen
- Sound Bites – EW.com: “TV’s funniest lines from Feb. 6 to 12. Read the expanded online-only version of our favorite quips, then vote for the best quote.
‘Senator Obama is not the first African American to run for president, but he’s the first African American to have a prayer. Which is ironic, since two of the others were reverends.’
STEPHEN COLBERT, ON THE COLBERT REPORT“
YouTube thriving after its breakup with Viacom
- YouTube Traffic Surges without Viacom – NewTeeVee: “It’s still early in the game, to be sure, but so far it looks like YouTube can keep calling Viacom’s bluff1, especially since early research shows that YouTube traffic has surged, not suffered, since Viacom demanded the takedown2 of 100,000 purportedly purloined video clips . . . maybe it’s not just people watching Daily Show and Colbert clips after all.”
- Without Comedy Central clips, YouTube still grows – MarketWatch: “Ever since YouTube was forced to take down 100,000 videos taken from Viacom Inc.’s TV networks, financial analysts and industry insiders have been wondering what the impact will be on YouTube’s popularity.
New data from Hitwise Inc. suggests that so far, the dramatic take down of some of YouTube’s most popular videos hasn’t had much of an impact at all.
In fact, YouTube’s share of overall Internet visits from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10, or the week after the videos began to disappear, actually increased by 7% from the week before, the Hitwise Inc. data shows.
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Yet as the data shows, YouTube can succeed – even grow–without snippets from “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report” or other popular material to offer up.”
You know you want one
- Admit it, you cracked up when you saw Stephen’s “Deer Ride” toy (featured in the “Murdered By the Orients’ Success” Special Report). If you’d like one of your very own, they are available here and here. [Editor’s note: No Fact Zone cannot vouch for the authenticity or reliability of external sites.]
The “Golden age of mockery”
- Onion’s former editor Rob Siegel speaks at ISU – Daily Vidette Online (Illinois State University): “Siegel spoke primarily on his time with The Onion, a satirical newspaper based out of Madison, Wisconsin. His speech tried to push students in a more active direction. ‘Think,’ Siegel stated after, ‘Don’t be passive, but be active in the world about the things you read.’ Siegel’s ‘Non-Traditional Look at Civic Involvement’ comes from the use of satire in the news. Television shows such as ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ present news in a different, though not necessarily less effective manner. ‘The set-up for their jokes is often the news,’ Siegel remarked, ‘While the punch line is often their own particular opinion or spin.’ Siegel called it the, ‘Golden age of mockery’ and noted that, ‘The hallmark of a free and healthy society is a free press.’”
Gratuitous name dropping
- TV Junkie: Oscars Hangover; ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert’ Back From Hiatus – LAist: “The Oscars blew its big TV wad all over the place so let’s get on with our lives. The Daily Show and Colbert Report are back from hiatus – did they think they were doing the Oscars again? What’s their excuse? Lots of new TV tonight.”
- Anna Nicole Smith and the Media of Distraction – MediaChannel.org: “Should news be ‘fun?’ Never mind: just posing that question makes me seem like a grinch. The better question: does “the news” even feature real news anymore? A few years ago, the Rocky Mountain Media Watch examined hundreds of local news programs and found that a good ten percent had NO news at all. With Yahoo announcing a new news program in which anchors sing the news, with most of America’s kids locked on to the comedy news of the Daily Show and Colbert Report, the idea of news as information will soon be considered passé, if it hasn’t already.”
- The Daily Dish: Conservapedia Contest! – Tha Atlantic Online: “It’s time for a contest. Let’s see who can find the single most ridiculous entry in the Christianist version of Wikipedia, Conservapedia . . . Maybe the whole thing is a spoof. But Stephen Colbert needs to book the creators pronto.”