Greetings, Zoners! I know it’s been way too long since I did one of these, but really, except for the Emmy win last weekend and the announcement about the “Returnification” shows, the news has been pretty sparse lately. I’m hoping that once everyone comes out of their it’s-too-hot-to-think stupor after Labor Day, things will start hopping more. As for me, I’m still on a taping high from Monday. It’s always a special experience to be in the presence of Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, DFA, to watch the laughs being created first-hand. I can’t wait to go back! But for now, let’s move on to the news nuggets for today, including some commentary about Monday’s show, Wikipedia edit wars, and the most web-savvy late-night hosts.
- The Chicago Tribune reports that Monday’s interview with Leslie Kean renewed interest in the 2006 UFO sighting at O’Hare International Airport. During the interview, Ms. Kean advised typing “chicago o’hare ufo” into the old Googles, and apparently a lot of people did just that: “According to Google Trends, the term ‘chicago o hare ufo’ saw a spike in search volume Monday night.” The initial story about the UFO sighting remains “the single most popular story or column in the history of chicagotribune.com.”
- The Transcendent TV & Media blog has a review of Monday’s interview with Leslie Kean, as well as some more in-depth information on the UFO incident at O’Hare International Airport.
- Gizmodo has an infographic illustrating the greatest (although the illustration says “lamest”) edit wars on Wikipedia. If you look in the lower right corner of the graphic, you’ll see that one of the edit wars was over whether or not Stephen Colbert was a serious candidate for president in 2008, and was it the real Stephen, or “Stephen Colbert” the character who was the candidate. Total number of edits: 14,957.
Is your favorite late-night host web savvy?
- Forbes reports on the top web-savvy late-night hosts. Jimmy Fallon tops the list with his 2.7 million Twitter followers, an active blog, and a steady stream of web content to compliment his show. Coming in at #4 is Stephen Colbert, with a 1.7 million Twitter following and videos that regularly go viral.
The Fightin’ Meatmen
- AgWired.com has a brief article about J. Patrick Boyle’s appearance on the Report in the Better Know a Lobby segment featuring the American Meat Institute: “‘Although I’ve had a lot of tough interviews in my day, that was definitely the toughest and most unique interview experience of my career,’ Boyle said. ‘I was honored to play straight man to the hilarious Stephen Colbert and to demonstrate that while meat processing is serious business, we can be good sports.’ AMI reports that Boyle’s interview with the comedian was two hours long, edited down to a four minute segment for the show.”
“And the Wise Men started tokin’…”
- Nerve.com has a feature on the ten sexiest celebrity stoners, and they list Stephen at #9. I’m going to take issue with this because 1) Stephen may have admitted to some weed usage when he was younger, but he’s not a stoner; 2) I personally don’t find recreational drug use to be sexy; and 3) he should be much higher on the list. From the bit about Stephen: “In a live speaking engagement in 2006 (and in San Francisco), Colbert mentioned that smoking weed in high school influenced his comedy. It’s always funny to hear someone explain how drugs ‘inform their art,’ but if you’ve ever seen Colbert in Strangers with Candy, you know it’s a pretty straight line.”
(h/t wren and Jennie)