So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

Cave troll

My goodness, what a long, strange trip it’s been. I may have had to fall off the blog lately (work and lots of overseas travel sucked up my time), but you people have been a huge part of my life for almost four and a half years now — unbelievable!

So how, I thought to myself, can I possibly come up with anything like a coherent post with which to say goodbye? Answer: I can only go back to the beginning (well, sort of). I’d been watching the show since the debut episode, when I busted out laughing at the over-the-top credits and didn’t stop until the end. But you know how it goes with Stephen: you find the show, you love it, you watch it religiously, and after a while you drive your friends nuts with the constant references. (To paraphrase Sarah Vowell — you know that Kevin Bacon game? Well, I was like that with The Colbert Report; talking to me on any subject would invariably lead back to him before long.) And then you get tickets to the show, you meet Stephen, and the real whirlwind begins!

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Guest alert: Paul Simon

Greetings, all! I’m coming out of hiding for a moment to let you know that this week of superstar guests continues to improve: Paul Simon is going to perform “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” on The Colbert Report tonight, according to this Showbiz411 item.

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‘Colbert Report’ interview with Staff Sergeant Giunta: A veteran’s taping report

Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta

I suspect a lot of you are feeling the way I am about last night’s interview with Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta: impressed, humbled, grateful. The interview was intensely moving and Stephen was quite fittingly sincere throughout the interview; he was Stephen Colbert, not “Stephen Colbert”. The standing ovation was especially nice to see, and it was so very well deserved.

Knowing how I (as a civilian) felt about the interview and SSgt Giunta, I was pleased to see this account from Matthew Colvin, who attended last night’s show at the invitation of IAVA. Read on for his great report of the experience.

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Update on the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: Permit granted

Jon Stewart - Stephen Colbert

UPDATED BELOW WITH RALLY SCHEDULE

Hey, kids, it’s time to start getting madly excited about the rallies, because it’s now really, truly official: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the permit for the joint Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert rally has been approved. There’s a bit of info on a couple of the guests, too, so do give the item a quick skim.

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Video: Stephen Colbert on ‘The View’

Stephen Colbert on The View

UPDATED BELOW

Hey, y’all. Stephen Colbert, as you may recall, was scheduled for his debut appearance on The View this morning, and he was his usual charming self. Although I haven’t yet seen full video show up online yet (we’ll update the post as it becomes available), E! Online has posted the clip of Stephen teasing Whoopi for her O’Reilly walkout.

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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert honors designer Stephen Doyle

No doubt everyone here has read I Am America (And So Can You)!, right? (Please don’t tell us if you haven’t …) If so, then you’re familiar with Stephen Doyle’s work, whether you knew it or not. Mr. Doyle — one of those “good” Stephens, the kind with a “ph” — designed the cover for that estimable contribution to literature. In return for so attractively packaging I Am America, our Sir Dr. Stephen Colbert provided a lovely intro when Mr. Doyle was honored at last night’s National Design Awards.

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NPR to News, other divisions: Don’t attend Stewart/Colbert rally

Rally

Here’s a new wrinkle to the Rally to Restore Sanity and March to Keep Fear Alive events: NPR has sent a reminder to certain of its divisions noting that they will not be allowed to attend unless they’re covering the rallies.

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Huffington Post’s Sanity Bus price tag: $250K and counting

Sanity bus announcement

Well, we said before that Arianna Huffington’s offer to provide buses to the rallies was an incredibly generous gesture. Now that we’re seeing the cost of this offer, it’s even more staggering.

The Wrap has the story, and it looks like Arianna’s offer was as much of a surprise to her HuffPo cohorts as it was to delighted New Yorkers.

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Stephen Colbert on the March to Keep Fear Alive: “I fear that people like [Jon Stewart] more than me”

Stephen Colbert held a conference call last Friday about his March to keep Fear Alive, speaking with journalists from numerous university papers about his hopes and fears for the march and rally. Especially about his fears … like his fear of Jon Stewart’s popularity.

(Awwwww … )

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TiVo Alert: Stephen Colbert scheduled to appear on ‘The View’

This just in from the seriously plugged in loudfan over on the TWoP boards (a.k.a. the brains behind the Late Night TV Page): Stephen Colbert is scheduled to be a guest on The View on October 19th. The other scheduled guest is Arianna Huffington.

Stay tuned for any additional details or updates, which we’ll add as available!

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