It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Greetings, Zoners. It’s hard to believe that our fun here is drawing to a close, but the Rapture waits for no one. It’s time for me to wrap up my tenure as a Completist, then pack for the Rapture. (We can take stuff with us, right? Because I’m totally taking my Flatpoint High t-shirt and my Colbert Report “C” hat.) I’ve had an amazing time here, both as a Zoner and a Completist, and while I’m sad it’s ending, I’ll be leaving with some fantastic memories.

It’s been a challenge this week to try to decide what I should choose as my favorite show, or segment, or interview to highlight in my final post. I think the reason it’s so difficult for me to choose a “favorite” anything is because all of it is so brilliantly funny. I love it all, from the major highlights like the Iraq shows and the Vancouver Olympics Quadrennial Cold Weather Athletic Competition, to those little unexpected moments of hilarity, like character breaks, prop failures, and the f-bombs that inevitably follow the prop failures. Stephen makes me laugh myself silly four nights a week, and I’m convinced all that laughter is why I’m still mostly sane.

There are so many wonderful things to recall from my time here on NFZ, but one of my favorite memories as a Completist is following Stephen’s love affair with NASA, from the Node 3 naming contest, to the interviews with astronauts on the International Space Station, to the unique honor of having a space treadmill named after him, and finally getting that call from NASA to head to the Johnson Space Center in Houston for astronaut training. Stephen makes no secret of the fact that he’s a space geek, and it’s delightful to see how much he loves anything that brings him into contact with the space program. As he told us himself, his fascination with space goes back to his childhood and his historic broadcast of the first moon landing, so it must have been truly exciting for him to have the treadmill named after him and to have the opportunity to go through the same training the astronauts do.

The three “Fallback Position: Astronaut” segments that resulted from his trip to Houston are wonderful to watch, for a few reasons. They’re a great example of Stephen’s outstanding improv skills; they give us a chance to see him try out his namesake treadmill; and really, how freakin’ cool was it to watch Stephen land the shuttle successfully in a simulation? And it doesn’t hurt at all that the orange jumpsuit is actually a good look for him. As a fellow space geek, I was so excited for him to have this opportunity to be an astronaut for a day and to make the most of it for our entertainment.

There’s so much I could say about my experience as a Completist, but nothing sums it up better than simply saying that it’s been an amazing two years. To all the Zoners, thank you for the support you’ve given to all of us, and to me personally. I love what we’ve shared together here — all the laughs, the serious discussions, the Urgent Fangirl Bulletins, and most importantly, our love and appreciation for Stephen. To my fellow Completists, you guys are the best. Thanks to all of you for your help, your support, and your friendship. To DB, I can’t express enough my appreciation to you for giving me the opportunity to be part of the NFZ team. The past two years have had some incredible highs, and I’ll always look back on it as a special and unique time in my life. And finally, to Stephen, thank you for sharing your joy with us. This was all inspired by you, and I’m so grateful to have been a part of it.

And now, because I’d rather go out with a laugh, I’ll close out this post with a random bit of silliness I put together a while back to entertain myself and the other Completists. It uses one of my favorite pictures of Stephen, which I love because it’s so completely ridiculous and so completely “Stephen.” (You’re welcome, ladies!)

Peace and love to all. I’ll see you around the Interwebs!



  1. colbaby says:

    Great choice of segment! The first thing I ever wanted to be was an astronaut. Later I decided to be an astronomer. Somehow I ended up leaving all that behind and studying anthropology, but I’m still completely enthralled by all things space. His admiration for the space program is just one of the many things I love and appreciate about Stephen.

    Thanks Ann, and all the Completists, for all your hard work in bringing us hands down the most thoughtful, thorough, intelligent, and funniest source on the internets for all things Stephen Colbert. They always say ‘you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone.’ But in this case, I think we all knew what a great thing we had going. I hate to see it end. But hopefully we’ve got lots of laughs ahead of us in our new home, wherever that ends up being! (My iTunes library started playing “Dust in the Wind” as I typed this lol. “Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky..” IT KNOWS :O )

    As for that picture: I do! I do want him! *grabby hand*

  2. If we’ve learned anything about Stephen over the years, it’s that he can make anything and I mean ANYTHING look good. From Brooks Brothers ties and suits to orange space suits and speedskating spandex.

    Thanks Ann G!!! I will miss your zeitgeisty posts!

  3. Karenatasha says:

    Thank you, Ann! Such a wonderful choice of clips. There’s nothing like Stephen and space; he turns into a wide-eyed little boy. I can’t imagine how thrilled he’s been with the opportunity to go where few men and women have gone before. And I hope that treadmill lives on for a long time.

    And also thanks (squeal!) for that final picture. A perfect Stephen shot, with a finely calibrated mix of amusement and sexiness.

    I wish you the best in the future, and hope we get to see you on some of the Colbert sites. You’ve heroically shouldered more than your share of the load these past weeks, and I thank and admire what you’ve done. Cheers and happiness.

    • Karenatasha says:

      And P.S. — don’t worry about packing. Everything we want and need will be beamed up! ;-)

      • I echo the sentiments of appreciation for Ann G’s work. While a relatively new Zoner, I quickly came to admire the work and dedication of all the Completists, including Ann G of course.
        And Karenatasha, everything we want and need is at the bottom of Ann G’s post in spandex!
        (I know that you knew I would say something like that.)

  4. Gratefull says:

    Hahahaha *falls off my chair* … MASSIVELY FANTASTIC final image … thanks for so much for so much, AnnG …

  5. I love that photo. Totally making it my background!

    • I also have to add that it’s great to find someone else that has a Flatpoint high t-shirt. I wear it when I work out a lot and always get looks. ;)

  6. lockhart43 says:

    First of all, I’m jealous of your Flatpoint High T-shirt. I have a link to one bookmarked on my browser, just waiting for the day when I have extra cash to buy it. I shall buy a Fig Neutrons shirt that day as well. Secondly, thank you for everything you’ve done for the site and for all of your hard work! It was a joy to meet you at Two River (seriously, how great was that night?), and it’s been a joy reading all of your posts. Danke schön!

  7. Thank you all for your kind words! I’m going to miss this site something awful, but I’m so glad that everyone seems determined to keep the community going elsewhere. I will definitely see you all around the tubes of the Internet!

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