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!).
Cheerio Zoners! Another smashing week on the Report! It was great to catch a glimpse into British culture. I usually only get that from my favorite Brit Coms. I nearly broke a rib laughing during the tea segment! And how about James Franco? He really is living my dream. If I had the chance, I’d go back to school in a heartbeat! What were your favorite segments?
That’s like 11 new verses of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start The Fire” and I still haven’t recovered from the original
“We Didn’t Start the Fire” is one of three #1 hits for singer-songwriter and pianist Billy Joel. It was featured on his 11th album, Storm Front which was released in 1989. The song is sung in a stream of consciousness timeline of events which occurred during his lifetime up until the release of the album (1949 – 1989). I find it interesting that, in my research I found many teaching websites with lesson plans on this song. When it first came out, my history teacher assigned our class each a line (or part of a line) from the song and we had to research what it meant (blacking out the adult words of course). I remember I had the “Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland” line from 1955. It had enough of an impact on me that I saved up enough money and bought the album – it was my first CD. If you’re interested in discovering the meaning behind all of the events, here is a good resource.
Inescapables aromas are like D-Day on your nasal cavaties [Aroma-ha Beach]
On June 6, 1944, one of the deadliest battles of D-Day occurred at Omaha Beach. Omaha differed from other beaches on D-Day in that it was dominated by high bluffs that looked down onto the beach. This gave German defenders the high ground, and they had a large number of concrete bunkers on the bluffs, containing machine guns and artillery, and the only way off the beach was to scale the cliffs. Despite many obstacles and casualties (3000) the Americans had a gained a foothold by the end of the day, and subsequently won the original D-Day objective. Those who saw Saving Private Ryan got a glimpse of what it might have looked like, as it was depicted in the movie’s opening scene. Toad’s father’s namesake received a purple heart for his part in this action. Toad is very proud!
Wazzup with Libya?
Where’s the beef with Obama’s War Policy?
Why won’t he get giggy with the budget and say “I’m too sexy” for this defecit?
I hear ya homeslice! Dy-no-mite!
Where to start with this one? This scene was chock full of pop culture references. I especially enjoyed the the Doctor’s Jay-Z t-shirt and backwards Washington Senators hat. The wazzup reference dates back to 2000, when it began as a cultural phenomenon in a Budweiser commercial originally aired during the Superbowl. It was hard to escape at the time, and was even parodied on online humor sites and in movies. They also updated the commercial in 2008 to reflect cultural changes.
“Where’s the beef” was a famous advertising slogan Clara Peller used in Wendy’s commercials across the United States and Canada in 1984. It became so ubiquitous at the time that it even came up during the 1984 presidential election when Walter Mondale said to fellow candidate Gary Hart: “When I hear your new ideas, I’m reminded of that ad, ‘Where’s the beef?'”
When referring to “getting jiggy with” something, don’t thing Irish, think Will Smith. The song, which came out in 1998, comes from his album Big Willie Style and was his first hit without his longtime partner Jazzy Jeff. The term “jiggy” according to Will, comes from his association of that term with a derogatory word (jigaboo) for African Americans. Thus, the literal meaning of the song becomes “getting African-American” with it, which he felt was racially empowering and subsequently lessened the negative effects of the original word.
“I’m Too Sexy” was a chart topping single sung by Right Said Fred (an English band who got their name from a song by the same name sung by Bernard Cribbins in 1962) wherein the singer is notably too sexy for inanimate objects and places, including his shirt, his car, the catwalk, his cat, this party, Milan, Japan oh and the song.
And who could forget J.J Evans’ catchphrase “Dy-no-mite!” from Good Times? In fact it is often cited as one of the most popular catchphrases in television history. In fact, Jimmie Walker (the actor who portrayed JJ) has embraced what made him famous, the address for his personal website is “dynomitejj.com”
Are you going to arise to a stiffy on the day?
Of course he is talking about the detachable collar, what else were you thinking? These collars – also dubbed “wing tipped collars” or “stiffies” – are separate from the shirt and are fastened it by studs. The collar is usually made of a different fabric from the shirt, is typically white and can be specially starched to a hard cardboard-like consistency (hence the nickname). But if you’re interested, there is a Facebook fan group for stiffies (get your mind out of the gutter!)
First of all thank you for all of your years of service to our space industry.
He is referring to that (for lack of a better word) tangy orange breakfast drink which was a staple of some of our childhoods, Tang. I know many of my friends thought this stuff was bland, but I really like this stuff, and was very happy when my mom would buy it, and not so happy when she bought the store brand (which for us was more often than not). Share your Tang memories in the comments.
What do they call newspapers over there, lorrys?
Finally, no trip to New York would be complete without taking in a Broadway show like The Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon is a Broadway play written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame. It is a satirical look at the adventures of two mismatched Mormon missionaries sent to a dangerous part of Uganda to spread the word. So far it has received critical acclaim, mostly praising the plot, score, and choreography. It is not the first muscial venture for the two. In fact, prior to collaborating on South Park, Matt and Trey collaborated on Cannibal! The Musical, in 1993.