I was terribly amused at the Esteban Colberto interview, from the breaking-through-the-fence callback from the January 2007 interview with Lou Dobbs (and, um, the Lou Dobbs footage from the last interview as well), to the amazingly purple jacket he was wearing, to the fact that the editing showed both men playing the whole experience relatively straight. It was one of the most unique things I’ve seen on the show, ever (and I’ve seen a *lot* of shows). Seriously, the purple blazer was just mesmerizing.
As to why the laughter seemed to be “off”: I remembered that in one of the recent Taping Reports, someone said they recorded some background noise for an upcoming piece with Lou Dobbs. I’m guessing that was the piece mentioned, and why it sounded so “off.”
I knew it was bound to attract the attention of the blogosphere, and sure enough, it did. So here’s some feedback as to what others think about the in-character bilingual interview from the blogosphere:
- Gimmicks are doing a good job of replacing writers on The Colbert Report, if last night’s interview with Lou Dobbs is any indication. Colbert turned the interview on its head with a hilarious conceit of interviewing Dobbs as his Spanish-language counterpart, “Esteban Colberto.” Did hilarity ensue? Oh yes — including an in-studio barbed-wire fence, which Dobbs viewed with approval: “It’s very impressive, and better than some of the fence along our border now!”
- “Stephen Colbert’s interview with CNN honcho Lou Dobbs last night — done en Espanol with Steve dressed and acting like a host of a Latin television variety show — es muy bueno. His command of the language must’ve scared Lou, who probably has border patrol on speed dial. “
- “Lou Dobbs appeared on The Colbert Report last night for what had to be the most unique interview he’s ever been a part of.”
(h/t to MsI for pointing out the obvious to me. Thanks, buddy.)
Have they been reading our comments? Or HuffPo maybe?
“‘Colberto is clearly playing off an old interview with Dobbs. The men weren’t in the same studio at the same time. Three giveaways: You never see the two men in the same shot.
Then there’s a continuity problem. Hint: Look at “Colberto’s” left hand when the camera is on him, then look at it when he’s shown from behind in one of the first cutaway shots.
Also, Dobb’s book: “War on the Middle Class” was published in 2006, not exactly a book that would be promoted.
Still, the “interview” is worth watching, especially because it Colbert’s funny and it demonstrates that fake news has had to become even faker because of the writers’ strike. ”