Hey, kids! Time to get caught up on the news while Stephen and the rest of Team Colbert take a well-deserved break from the show, which I’m sure they all need very much to complete their recovery from Rally weekend. Our round-up today includes one final (I hope) Rally item, some comments from Robin Williams, an early look at some end-of-the-year sort of things, and word of a possible trip to Florida for Jon and Stephen in the spring. Settle back with a beverage, and enjoy!
Even us old folks know how to rally
- FlowTV, an academic journal on television and media culture, recently featured an article on the Sanity/Fear Rally that explored one aspect of the rally that virtually no one else even noticed: namely, that the audience wasn’t just the TDS and TCR core demographic of 18-25-year-olds, but a broad range of ages, with a very high percentage of Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers. Proof that the rally was intended to appeal to those over forty as much as the younger crowd was the number of performers and guests who would have been familiar to the older audience members: Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), The O’Jays, Ozzy Osbourne, Father Guido Sarducci (how many of the younger TCR fans would have recognized him if he hadn’t appeared on the Report earlier this year?), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Tony Bennett. The article includes plenty of tweets from Rally day expressing pleased surprise that so many older fans were in attendance.
Behind the scenes at the Report
- Chicago Reader features a blog by Jeremy Lemos, a sound engineer who was touring along with Pavement when they made their September 20th appearance on the Report, and he has some really fascinating comments on the show’s rehearsal that day. He was particularly impressed with Stephen’s part in the creative process: “I used to think that shows like that were mostly a team sport with someone telling the jokes, but there’s no doubt that this is Stephen Colbert’s show. He tweaked every joke, changed things around, dropped things that weren’t working, and made everything better. He knew in a second when a joke wasn’t sharp enough. The weight of putting together a show this size every day from scratch started to seep into my head… They broke off for two hours to work on the script, and come showtime I couldn’t believe how much tighter it was. The run-through had been hilarious, and the live show was a mile ahead of that.”
- The Honolulu Star Advertiser featured an interview with Robin Williams recently in which he was asked why he thought Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart were having so much influence on the political scene: “They’re paying attention to them because it’s the only antidote to Fox News. I think it’s kind of like the idea that a lot of young people get their news from ‘The Daily Show’ or even Colbert because they’re going, ‘There’s so much spin out there.’ There’s the idea that someone is using comedy to look at how crazy this is. It just gives it a tiny bit more perspective. That’s why they’re paying attention to it, because they’re going, ‘This is pretty wild stuff going on.’”
Spring break in Florida?
- Down in Destin, Florida, TheDestinLog.com is reporting that the head of the local tourism board has contacted national talk show hosts for their help in promoting Florida’s Emerald Coast, which was affected by last year’s Gulf oil spill. So far they have received verbal commitments from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert to “tag-team the second week in April.” The tourism board is still waiting for a written commitment, so for now this remains in the realm of “interesting possibility.” But we’ll stay on top of this and provide updates as we get them.
Help for Haiti
- Clean the World, an organization that collects, recycles, and distributes soap and bottled shampoo to needy people around the world to help combat disease, got a surprise “Colbert bump” courtesy of a tweet from @StephenAtHome asking the Colbert Nation to contribute to the organization. By the next day, Clean the World had received 60 online donations totaling $2,000. There’s a huge need for soap in Haiti to help combat the cholera outbreak, and Clean the World is committed to sending more down there in December. Donations help cover the costs of soap recycling and transportation, so if you have a few spare dollars burning a hole in your pocket, do consider helping them out! (Via the Orlando Sentinel)
Who’s honoring Stephen Colbert now?
- TV.com has their poll up for the Best of 2010, and The Colbert Report is nominated for Best Variety Show. Head on over there and vote!
- Extra’s Entertainer of the Year poll has Stephen at #4: “This year has been an especially hilarious one for the bombastic host, in which he has skewered everything from the oil spill, to the environment, Obama birthers, Bill O’Reilly, and Congress. Plus, he spearheaded the groundbreaking Restore Sanity and/or Fear rally with his ‘nemesis,’ Jon Stewart.” They also offer, for your enjoyment, 15 video highlights from the year, including Stephen’s superb Dr. Strangelove impression, his testimony at the Congressional hearing on migrant workers, and walking off the set of The View.
- In response to People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue, Bestweekever.com has posted their own list: the Smart Girl’s Guide to the Sexiest Men Alive. Our favorite faux pundit made the cut: “Jon Stewart is the ‘George Clooney’ of Hot Sexy Nerd lists, so we thought we’d devote a special place to Stephen Colbert, who gets slightly less love but might actually have the better TV show.”
(h/t DB, Ms I, and Vera)