Four Horsemen of the Apopcalypse – Pop culture references in The Colbert Report: October 5-8, 2009


Welcome to No Fact Zone’s weekly roundup of cultural references on The Colbert Report. From Darcy to Danger Mouse, String Theory to Shakespeare, we’ve got the keys to this week’s obscure, oddball, and occasionally obscene cultural shout-outs (hey!).

Hey Zoners!  Oh, so many great segments this week, I can’t choose a favorite.  Will it be Silly (the banquet of celebrity impressions in Tuesday’s Formula 401)? Or Sharp (Thursday’s hilarious vivisection of Glen Beck)?  The intro texts were cracking me up this week, too (though I’ve only done ones for Monday).  I love how the humor’s in every minute detail of the show.  What about you?  Have a favorite joke, reference, or celebrity impression (“Shocking news from my diaper today, I’ve poopied in my pants”) this week?  Post it in the comments!  (* = TCR/TDS link)

Monday: Intro (captions)

“School’s In For Summer… Hungry Hungry Human”

Flashback to the 1970’s and 80’s, and songs that’ll get stuck in your head!  You’ve been warned.  Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out for Summer”, and the silly game with a catchy commercial, Hungry hungry hippos.

Tuesday:  Formula 401: A Star Is Born

Ok, not so much a cultural reference as an opportunity to link to related fun moments on the Report.  Like, for instance, Stephen’s Christian Bale-esque rant at special guest Steve Martin (Oh no! This hilarious bit and the Steve Martin interview are no longer in the archives! Why??), his * odd relationship with * Wilford Brimley, or his * breathy impression of Tom Brokaw, delivered in front of Tom Brokaw.

Wednesday: Tip/Wag – Conservapedia

“You can make me Moses.  ‘Get your hands off me, you damn dirty apes!'”

Oh, that line never gets old.  Pictured is Charleton Heston, famous both for his roles as Moses in the 1956 film epic The Ten Commandments, and in 1968’s Planet of the Apes* Charleton Heston knew that great acting meant one thing – volume.

Thursday: Kevin the Iranian Intern & Sport Report

“It’s bad enough they still have our hostages.  It’s day 10,931 – give them back!”

We’ve previously featured the 1979-1981 Iranian Hostage crisis on the Apopcalypse (Wed 6/3/2009). Thankfully, the final hostages were released after 444 days in captivity (and in case you’re wondering, yes, Thursday was 10,931 days since their capture).

“The United States of America only accepts defectors who can throw a fastball, wear a codpiece, or speak Russian with a Scottish accent.”

Well that’s an eclectic group of famous defectors.  Major League Baseball pitcher Orlando Hernández fled his native Cuba in 1997 on a small boat bound for the United States, and was soon signed by the New York Yankees.  While on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in 1974, renowned dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to Canada from the Soviet Union, later settling in the US.  Lastly, famous fictional defector Marko Raimius, as played by Sean Connery in the 1990 thriller The Hunt for Red October.  And sure, his accent was a bit more Edinburgh than Leningrad, but that’s part of what makes Connery such a desirable man.  * Lord help Stephen if they build a time machine.

“That is like watching Rudy and Birth of a Nation at the same time.”

Now this would make an entertaining video mashup – the story of a pint-sized kid with a big heart, who dreams of playing football for Notre Dame, and the Klansmen who help make his dreams come true.  Rudy may have been a formulaic football pic, but 1915’s Birth of a Nation (link to entire film) was truly remarkable, both for its innovative filmmaking techniques, and for the controversy surrounding its positive depiction of the Ku Klux Klan during post-Civil War Reconstruction.


  1. I loved Steve Martin getting yelled at. I actually have that video in a file. It’s the Global Edition video so the bad words aren’t bleeped. It’s so wonderful to watch. I would love it if Steve Martin got Stephen into one of his movies.

    I also enjoyed Stephen’s impressions. I really laughed as I saw the list of other impressions he’d do. Like Jeff Goldblum, which I sorta wished he had done so Jeff would have come on to correct him and then promote L&O for the billionth time. I’m also curious as to how Stephen’s impression of an iPhone would go.

  2. MaryLovesColbert says:

    The new “A Star is Born” version of Formula 401 & Stephen’s Iranian intern were definitely my favorites! That intern bit was absolutely hilarious. XD

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