Fantasy Colbert League Weekly: January 26-29

Welcome to No Fact Zone’s weekly roundup of ‘Colbert Report’ guests, created in the spirit of the oft-enjoyed Fantasy Colbert League. While we can’t start up the online version of the game again, we can make it so that you can get the information you need about the guests before they come on the show.

Just like you, we want to be it-getters before the interviews start. So we’ve compiled brief bios, issues or events that Stephen might bring up during the interview, and a fun Fract (Freedom Fact) to impress your fellow viewers during the commercial breaks. Read, enjoy, and see if you can anticipate how Stephen might nail each of the following guests!

Note: As always, guests are subject to change.

Monday, 1/26: Chris Mooney, Ed Young

Author Chris Mooney is senior correspondent for The American Prospect magazine and author of two books, one of he has recently revised and republished in paperback. ‘The Republican War on Science,’ is a look at the miniscule role scientists have played in the workings of the federal government, and how catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina might have been avoided if they had had more input. Mooney visits Stephen to discuss how the Obama administration can give a voice to science in the government.

Pastor Ed Young is the founding and Senior Pastor of the Fellowship Church in Texas, one of the most attended churches in North America. Young and his wife Lisa are advocates for an a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally. His latest book is ‘The Marriage Mirror: Reflecting God in Your Marriage,’ a look at creating and maintaining a strong relationship with your spouse as well as with God.

  • Fract: In 2005, Mooney was named one of Wired magazine’s Ten Sexiest Geeks, a title given to Stephen Colbert in 2008.

Tuesday, 1/27: Philippe Petit

French high-wire artist Philippe Petit is certainly one of the more unique celebrities to sit down at Stephen’s interview table. On August 7, 1974, Petit successfully walked a high wire between the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City. He had not been given permission to do so, and had to sneak up to the roofs of the towers to get enough information to perform the ‘artistic crime.’ Director James Marsh took this performance and composed a documentary called ‘Man on Wire,’ which has won awards at the Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for a 2009 Academy Award.

  • Fract: The 24-year-old Petit spent approximately 45 minutes on the wire, crossing between the Towers eight times. He came back to the building – and to be arrested by the New York police – when it began to rain.

Wednesday, 1/28: Dan Zaccagnino

Musician Dan Zaccagnino is co-CEO and founder of Indiabamusic, an online community of musicians collaborating to create and remix music. The website allows you to record your own sessions online and show your work to your fellow artists. Zaccagnino has created his own Lessig interview remix, called ‘Alpha Squad 7’s Remixyness‘ (click the link on his profile page to play it). The question is, will this be an interview or a recording session tonight?

  • Fract:Indaba‘ comes from the Zulu language, meaning ‘business’ or ‘matter,’ or more commonly, ‘gathering’ or ‘meeting.’

Thursday, 1/29: John Podesta

Former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta is the President and CEO of American Progress, a think tank “dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.” Having spent most of his career on Capitol Hill, Podesta is the author of ‘The Power of Progress: How America’s Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country.’ He has been a key member of the Presidential Transition Project, the transition of power from the Bush administration to the Obama administration.

  • Fract: Like Stephen, Podesta holds a degree from Knox College.


  1. Oooooooooooh! Philip Petit is going to be something special – If you’ve seen Man On Wire (very highly recommended) you know that he will bring the energy to the table. This could be critical mass fun or completely out of control.

    What a great week of guests all around.

  2. CEO and founder of Indiabamusic, huh? Well, that would explain the Remix story arc rather well, then, seeing as how they’ve been the premiere hosting site for Lessig remixes. Should make for a very interesting week, that’s for sure.

    • Ms Interpreted says:

      Looks like he might have been bumped for the McCartney visit. I also just noticed that this man, Denis Dutton, is touting his appearance on Wednesday’s Colbert Report. Sounds like a full house on that day!

      • I just saw that, about Dutton. Yeah, I can’t imagine McCartney isn’t going to get at least 2 segments all by his lonesome.

        I should probably fix the sidebar with the guests, huh?

  3. so i never really comment often, but i do check NFZ constantly.. and have been for a while.
    so im off to the netherlands tomorrow till July. i’m probably going to be off socializing and having fun in a new country for 5 months, so im afraid im going to have to miss a few months of tcr. (its been a while since ive missed an episode)
    i will definitly miss tcr, but hopefully nfz will keep me up to date on the most crucial stephen info.
    thanks again NFZ staff!

    • No need to miss TCR- I believe it’s shown on TV in The Netherlands and you can always catch the full episodes on line on Comedy Central.

      Have a great time!

  4. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Man on Wire, even before Sundance, so I’m pretty stoked about that interview. Great post, Kinaesthesia.

  5. PS–Since I know what big Neil DeGrasse Tyson fans we have around here, I thought I’d mention he’s going to be on The Daily Show tomorrow night! Set your DVRs if you haven’t already! Yey!

    • Excellent! Neil DeGrasse Tyson is fabulous – a great ambassador for science and an incredibly funny guy! Also, clearly an it-getter.

    • ColbertGirl27 says:

      Aww. He’s one of my favorite friends of the show. Thanks Lisa!

    • Ms Interpreted says:

      Did you see the Gawker piece on Neil deGrasse Tyson yesterday? And the Discover blog item responding to it? They’ve been good for a few chuckles throughout the day.

      I’m just bummed that, so far, anyway, it looks like Dr. Tyson has no book events scheduled for the DC area.

      • Grrr… Gawker post makes Lisa angry… Neil deGrasse Tyson is A-W-E-S-O-M-E! What I love about him is the fact that I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so excited and enthusiastic about their profession, and their love and desire to get other people just as excited too. He’s just a joy to watch and listen to and actually holds my attention when talking about astrophysics…I really don’t think there’s anyone else out there who could make me interested in astrophysics except for Neil!

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