Happy Sunday, Zoners! I hope you’re all enjoying a nice weekend. It’s ark-building weather where I am, but you can’t have everything, right? I mean, where would you put it all? Anyway… it’s time for a peek at the latest Colbert news, so here’s your zeitgeist for September 27th.
Colbert Report writers at the Paley Center
- For those of you in the New York area, or able to travel there, you might still be able to pick up tickets for a program featuring the TCR writers at the Paley Center for Media on Sunday, November 7 at 5:00 pm. The program is The Truthiness Behind the Lines: An In-Depth Look Behind the Scenes with The Colbert Report Writers, and it’s described as a discussion of “the process of turning terrifying news into hilarious comedy.”
The Emmys, and TCR’s lack of them
I know that not winning an Emmy gives “Stephen” plenty to be enraged about on the show, but this year seemed to be an especially deep disappointment because they did win an award last year. Several articles about the Emmys also expressed the belief that TCR was passed over unfairly this year.
- Why does ‘Amazing Race’ keep winning the Emmy? Why doesn’t anyone gripe about ‘The Daily Show’s’ romp? – LA Times, The Envelope
“Oh, yeah, Stephen Colbert is also in [the best variety series] category and behind a desk, but as brilliant as his show is (clearly superior to the excellent “Daily Show,” methinks), he’s just too silly, so voters don’t take him seriously in this program category. However, he did beat “The Daily Show” for variety writing last year, so he’s a threat.” (One of the comments claims that TCR “will always remain an appendage of the Daily Show.” Maybe that’s why the academy voters don’t take it seriously enough to give them the Emmy for best variety series? I’m starting to wonder if that’s the case.)
- Television Thanks You for Watching – New York Times: Mike Hale makes a passing reference to TCR’s Emmy snub (emphasis mine).
“‘The Daily Show’s’ Jon Stewart, accepting the award for variety show (snatched from the more deserving ‘Colbert Report’), merely made a joke about watching the football game on NBC.”
Reminiscing about Chicago
- Stars turn out to Hollywood event for Chicago’s celebs – Chicago Sun Times
“At a Santa Monica hotel, R.J. Melman ran into Stephen Colbert — who reminded the son of Lettuce Entertain You founder Rich Melman that the comic had worked lunches at Lettuce’s Scoozi! restaurant, back when he was starting out at Second City. “I never made more than $200 a week,” zinged Colbert, who now, of course, can drop two C-notes on lunches without blinking an eye.”
Interview with Kyp Malone from TV on the Radio
- Catching up with… Rain Machine’s Kyp Malone – Paste magazine
“Paste: One of the great moments of TV on the Radio’s appearance on The Colbert Report earlier this year was Stephen reaching over and stroking your beard. Do you feel violated?
Malone: He asked me. Being on TV maybe changed things a little bit. I don’t know why exactly it does, but it does. It seemed like it would make it more compelling to say yes than to say no. We had talked a little bit beforehand. I like him as a satirist, but he also seemed like a very good person. It was very comfortable to be around him backstage.”
The Psychology of Truthiness
- The Dangers of “Truthiness” (part 1 of 9) – Psychology Today, Moral Landscapes blog: This is the first installment of an examination of the concept of “truthiness,” why it’s bad, and how easy it is to fall into that trap. An interesting read, and not too academic.
Funny pic of the day
- I have so many jokes to go along with this pic, yet none of them are appropriate for a family-friendly blog. C’est la vie.
(h/t DB, Ms I, Jennie, Erica M. for the pic, everyone who sent the info for the Paley Center, and especially one of our international Zoners, RTS from Sri Lanka, for the link to the Kyp Malone interview)