I will always be grateful to Stephen Colbert for his courage that night. The look on the faces of the "journalists" during his bit was priceless. It took about three days for ANY of them to even comment on it. Can you imagine the conversations some of them must have had..."why should we give him any more publicity?" I laughed 'til I cried...and then cried some more out of pure relief that sombody (We love you, Stephen) had the huevos to point out that the emperor has no clothes. I had almost lost hope, but now know I'm not alone.
That was a brave thing to do, aside from just bombing painfully with the audience in attendance who weren't laughing, he risked everything. Colbert must have known that Cheney could have arranged any revenge he could dream up.
Everyone was stunned. I think most of the Republicans there suddenly realized for the first time that Colbert is only pretending to be a conservative.
He cut right to the bone on almost every point, roasting the Bush administration. Those attending the dinner didn't know what to do - they thought you were only allowed to make jokes which supported the President and made him look like he had a sense of humor.
For an insightful discussion about that night's performance, check out today's interview with Stephen on NPR's "Fresh Air". About 10 minutes of the interview concerns that night (including a few clips).
Stephen's wit, insight, and courage on that occasion made him a superstar overnight. Therefore, I find it ironic when people said he "bombed." He who laughs last....
It might be argued that his Swiftian treatment of His Chimperial Highness was a turning point in what could be said post-p/11, kicking down the door of the media's protection of the worst president ever. That night, opponents of the Bush disaster went from being sealed off in far-away "First Amendment Zones" to 10 feet away from the monkey boy himself. Disgust with an Press corps that were not forced to be unfree, but who chose self-censorship, went from the local "letters to the editor" to the stage in a room where they were all gathered. What a great night.
People don't just enjoy his great talent -- they LOVE him -- and that it a very rare thing.
His skewering speech will go down in history as the definitive assessment of our unfortunate era, as surely as the words of Swift, Dickens, and Twain.
"That was a brave thing to do, aside from just bombing painfully with the audience in attendance who weren't laughing, he risked everything. Colbert must have known that Cheney could have arranged any revenge he could dream up."
What a positively mad statement...
If he could have arranged said revenge, why didn't he?
Really, the implication made here that Colbert risked "everything" (presumably including his life) at the White House Dinner is Evidence-Free Lunacy of the most extreme order.
The only prediction made by the "Stephen risked his Life" theory is that attempts would be made on his life afterwards and yet, somehow, no such attempts have been made even at this late date.
I agree his speech was brave and painfully funny in its skewering of Bush. But for the life of me I don't understand why it bombed with the audience. The journalists invited him, they know what The Colber Report is all about. Yet, they sat on their hands for his all too true words. This from the same fine group of folks that invited DON IMUS to be the entertainment one year.
Yes. I have to say it was hilarious that they thought "he was on their side" and wouldn't make fun of this administration... I really think the first season of Colbert Report duped many conservatives... He really is the KING of satire, isn't he?
My favorite part of the Correspondents' Dinner was when he told them to "speak into their name cards" if they needed the CIA to get them a salad or something... so FUNNY! (sorry, I may be off on the exact quote)...