EPISODE NUMBER: 6104 (August 17, 2010)
GUESTS: Barry Levine
SEGMENTS: Newsweek Ranks the World’s Best Countries, Better Know a Lobby – American Meat Institute, Fox News and Republican Party Make it Official
VIDEOS: Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Before I get into the nutmeat of the guide, I just wanted to ask a quick question of the Zoners: Is it just me, or has Stephen been looking really, *really* good lately? Maybe it’s the tan he’s rocking this summer, or maybe he’s dropped a few pounds, or heck, maybe he got himself a fancy New York seaweed and volcanic clay facial treatment just in time for the Emmys or something. But he just looks so amazing this week, so much so that it’s been a bit distracting for the last couple of days.
Did anyone else catch the Superfans reference in the intro to the Better Know A Lobby segment? And could anyone else not stop thinking of Stew the Meat Man during this segment? Stephen hammering the issue of cannibalism of Americans was so wrongly hysterical. At the end, after he had been laboring the point for quite some time, he seemed to drop the “Stephen” voice and be seriously trying to persuade the meat guy that indeed we should be eating Americas. I mean, it’s not a gay thing, it’s a hungry thing – ha! And he seemed genuinely offended that the meat man would, in fact, not eat him.
One of the things that I really like about being in the Colbert fandom is that while his public persona is very open and available, his personal life is just that – personal. You know that when those cameras are off, he’s a respectable Catholic family man, proud of his kids and totally in love with his bride. You’re never going to see him on TMZ with some kind of “exclusive” taped phone conversations, or on Perez Hilton stumbling out of a bar at 5a with a hoochie mama on each arm. I was loving this interview on so many levels. I grew up reading the National Enquirer because my mother used to buy it every single week (she still does to this day). I remember the blue dot, and its appearance about once a year in the tabloid. I was laughing so hard at Stephen’s face when Barry Levine was trying to explain to Stephen that there was no actual dirt to be had on him, which is why he’s never made the cover of the National Enquirer. However, they did managed to mock up a version of Stephen Colbert on the cover of the tabloid, complete with an unflattering picture of Stephen.
What did all of you think about tonight’s episode?
- Surprised? Huh?
- We’re behind Canada. Really?! That country is so lame, their national anthem is “Oh. Canada.”
- Sweden – their fish are made out of candy. God knows what their candy is made out of.
- If you’re looking for randy, inexperienced, syphilitic sex partner, Czeck please!
- I pledge allegiance to the meats of the United Steaks of America. And to the ribeye for which it broils, one bacon, under God, with liver and onions for all.
- Man, Betsy Ross can cook. That’s a lot of bacon. They don’t skimp on the salt. Someone defibrillate me. That is a baker’s dozen.
- Who’s pooping on our meat?
- We’re talking Americans, we’re not talking other people, we’re talking about eating other Americans so we know the quality’s high.
- So you’re saying that Americans are not delicious.
- You get a look for these sort of things. And I look at you, and I go hey, yeah, I would absolutely eat you. And that is not a gay thing, that’s a hungry thing.
- And though they all claim just to be Fox and Friends, everyone knows they’re Fox and friends with benefits. You know what they say – good girls don’t, but Doocey do.
- How many letters do you get asking for more Harry Hamlin coverage?