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  1. CN Helper
    August 26, 2011

    Wow! I can’t read all of this at present but look forward to this weekend. What a great reporT, and I am so glad Anais that you had such a great time. I am bummed about the graffiti though too- I think it has more to do the with the building management, who were having issues about it.

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    • CN Helper
      August 27, 2011

      Ok now I read this in its entirety and this is unbelievably awesome!!! How did you remember all that detail? All I remember from the taping I attended was “Pretty. Stephen. Make sure to laugh.” I get the inside refs about Faramir now, because I noticed the audience laughed extra hard about that when I was doing my episode dissection.

      I appreciate these taping reports, because even though the formula is the same, everyone’s experience is different. I think the show (and the man himself) impact everyone differently. We hope more of the Hubsterdom keep bringing them on!

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      • anais0509
        September 6, 2011

        Thanks, CN Helper! I’m really glad you enjoyed reading it! I guess I just have a very good memory, always have, which is very useful for these kinds of things! lol I’m also very detail-oriented, the more specific the better (which is why this took me forever to write up)! That’s so true how no matter how different everyone’s experience is, the reporTs are always a joy to read. I also can’t wait for more taping reporTs from other Hubsters and lurkers and I look forward to writing another one in the future! :)

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  2. anais0509
    August 27, 2011

    If anyone is interested in reading more, I posted an extended version of my report with more photos in the C-Section on CN.com (this is an abridged version). It’s in the Stephen experiences compilation thread; the actual report is on page 12 and the photos are on page 13 (they were posted separately). Hope you all enjoy!

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  3. colbaby
    August 27, 2011

    Great ReporT, Anais! That’s amazing that you were able to remember so much. I especially loved the bit about him soothing his weary mind with some Tolkein. Thanks for sharing!

    And now I truly feel like I’m the only one who has never been to a taping. I really need to remedy this.

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    • anais0509
      August 27, 2011

      Thanks, colbaby! I’m really glad you enjoyed reading it! And you’ll get your chance to see a taping! I’m sure of it! Are you planning to come back to the states for a holiday at some point? Maybe you can see one then!

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    • juice
      August 27, 2011

      colbaby, I’ve never been to a taping either… but I sure do enjoy reading others’ reporTs. Thanks, Anaiis!

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      • colbaby
        August 27, 2011

        How have we let this happen? I’m thinking of just snagging tickets for some random week and just making sure I’m in NYC when the date comes along, come hell or high water. No more excuses!

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      • Karenatasha
        September 6, 2011

        Use Twitter to get a tic, Colbaby. It’s the best way to snag something, although it depends on how last-minute you can make it to the city or if you have to plan in advance.

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      • colbaby
        September 6, 2011

        Thanks for the tip! It will probably be a few months yet before I’ll have the opportunity,as I’m going to be in a state of visa limbo once my degree’s finished and I wait for approval for a work visa. But I’m determined that 2012 is the year gosh darn it!

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      • anais0509
        September 6, 2011

        Glad you enjoyed it, juice! And yes, you both must attend a taping! It would be so awesome if a bunch of us Hubsters could all go to a taping together someday!

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  4. Caroline
    August 27, 2011

    Excellent and thorough report. You have a great memory! It sounds like it was a fun taping. Now you have to read LOTR so you can understand all that trivia Stephen spouted. :)

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    • anais0509
      September 6, 2011

      Thanks, Caroline! I’m glad you enjoyed it! It certainly was fun, being my first experience. I tried reading LOTR when I was in high school, but I had trouble understanding what was going on and who was who. But who knows? Maybe I’ll pick it up again someday and understand it better (thanks to Stephen)! :)

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  5. susan209
    August 27, 2011

    *Applause!*
    Congratulations on a great ReporT! And a great experience that I’m sure you’ll always remember.

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    • anais0509
      September 6, 2011

      *Bows*
      Thank you, thank you.

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  6. Mr. Arkadin
    August 28, 2011

    Thanks for your remarkably detailed reporT, Anais! I really enjoyed it very much. Just one thing though. You’re in New Jersey?! I thought you lived in France? Did I misunderstand your earlier posts at NFZ? I liked the thought of a glamorous,Parisian living the high-life abroad. While still being a zoner/hubster in secret. Almost like a super hero! I’m kind of disappointed.
    Oh well. I’m sure New Jersey is fine. With plenty of cities like Paris! It’s probably just an exaggeration that NJ is a “death trap,” that “rips the bones from your back,” and leads to suicide.
    But… maybe you ought to get out while you’re young, all the same. No disrespect.

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    • Karenatasha
      August 31, 2011

      Mr. Arkadin, you didn’t get it wrong. She just returned from France! She was in Paris.

      Anais, thanks for this wonderful and detailed ReporT! I love hearing about the tapings, and you provided so much–including some inside things we’d never have gotten without you. *A grateful Nation of Hubsters applauds.*

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    • anais0509
      September 6, 2011

      @Mr. Arkadin Karenatasha’s right, Mr. Arkadin. I WAS living in Paris for six months studying and improving my fluency, but now I’m back and living with my parents again in NJ. I like NJ, but you’re right, there’s not a lot to do there. That’s why all of my energy is being spent on job-searching so that I can move out. And I have my eye on NYC, being so close to it (and Stephen) and love it so much. I never knew that you had that view of me. I’m sorry if you’re disappointed…but I’m still cool!…right? Anyways, I’m glad you enjoyed the reporT.

      @Karenatasha *blushes* Thanks, Karenatasha! I’m really glad you enjoyed reading the reporT! I worked really hard on it and am absolutely thrilled with the positive response it’s been getting both here and in the CN forums! And thanks for the clarification about me-not-being-in-Paris-anymore in my absence!

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      • Mr. Arkadin
        September 6, 2011

        Ugh! I was hoping you didn’t notice this post! Although I was surprised to find out you don’t live in Paris, but New Jersey. I was just trying to tease you a little bit about the differences between the two places. Using some of the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” & trying to do it with the delivery of Jon Stewart’s “Jersey guy.” (No disrespect.)
        And it failed miserably! So my apologies to you and NJ!
        For what it’s worth. Given your travels and your TCR trip. You seem cool to me.

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  7. Cosmo
    August 29, 2011

    No, the details are a good thing! This has to be the longest ReporT of the year. I would love to have such a great memory. This is a really good ReporT. *envy* Oh, on the subject of tapings, does anyone know where to find this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnV_PEQdRIU It was from a site called iwaslive.com. It had video from a taping but the site and YouTube videos were shut down. NFZ mentioned it once (http://www.nofactzone.net/2010/09/19/video-colbert-report-blooper-from-the-been-there-won-that-shows/) but now the video itself is gone. :( Oh, and sorry if this is spamming or something, I’ve just been looking for how to get this video for ages and decided to see if someone here knew.

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    • anais0509
      September 6, 2011

      Thanks, Cosmo! I’m glad you enjoyed the reporT! I’m flattered that you think that I have a good memory, but I’m sure yours is just as good! It’s not a set-in-stone rule for taping reporTs to be detailed; I’ve read some that were simple as anything and I still enjoyed reading them! It all comes to personal preferences (and factoring in other factors like how tired you are, how much time you want to put into writing the reporT, how much you were concentrating etc.). I’ve always been a stickler for detail so I really like to lay it on thick. I’m also an observer by nature so that comes in handy too. What’s most important is how you tell your story: write it the way you saw it through your eyes and tell it in your voice.

      On the other subject of the video, I’m not really sure so I’m afraid I can’t help you with that. I do remember seeing that video on YouTube before, though.

      P.S. I apologize if what I said above was unwarranted.

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  8. lockhart43
    September 5, 2011

    That was such a thorough and detailed reporT, Anais! Thank you for sharing and I’m glad you had a great time. The part about Stephen sitting down to geek about LotR during the Q&A put a giant smile on my face. It’s always nice to be reminded of how wonderful and adorable he is.

    Don’t feel bad about not asking him a question. I didn’t ask one either when I went last summer, partly because I had already gotten to ask him one at the Two River benefit, but mostly because I really didn’t have a good question to ask and I didn’t want to get called on and waste what could have been someone else’s time to ask an excellent question. I feel like it’s impossible not to be nervous talking to him, so don’t feel bad about the shyness. And a HUGE kudos to you for remembering so much from the taping! That is a huge bummer about the wall outside – I can understand why they felt the need to, but still. I happily made my mark on that wall and it’s sad that that great wall of fan love is gone.

    I’m so happy you were able to go to a taping! Thanks for the reporT!

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    • anais0509
      September 6, 2011

      Thanks, lockhart43! I’m really glad you enjoyed the reporT! I had a feeling that you’d get a kick out of all the little tidbits of LOTR goodies I saw that night! :)

      I still feel a bit bummed about not asking him a question or waiting for him afterwards, but I understand what you mean. I really want to experience that warmth and kindness that any lucky Hubster has experienced when they’ve gotten to meet/talk to Stephen, all shyness and reserved-ness gone. Someday…

      And thanks for the kudos! Like I told Cosmo above, I’m a huge stickler for detail and am an observer at heart. Being an anthropology double major in college is also a huge bonus. I did a lot of participant observation that night! lol

      It also really stinks about the graffiti wall being erased. I was so looking forward to taking part in the tradition as part of my first TCR experience. *sigh* oh well. You can’t get everything.

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      • colbaby
        September 6, 2011

        “Being an anthropology double major in college is also a huge bonus.”
        Me too! Well, not the double major part. But a major in anthro with a minor in psych. Yay for social science!

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      • anais0509
        September 7, 2011

        Yay!! Another fellow anthropologist! I also had a minor, but in ASL, not pysch. But yeah, yay social science! :)

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  9. Mrs Colbert the 2nd
    September 22, 2011

    I’m so glad you wrote this, because I was at the same taping! It was my 40th birthday present to myself and as per usual when I go to see a taping, I hardly take in very much as I’m so transfixed by my darling boy!!! I always wish I could freeze time or rewind it so I can catch everything he says & does.
    It was an AWESOME show & of course the best birthday present a girl could ever wish for! Sadly, I didn’t get to speak to him that night as I was rushing for a train, BUT I did see him a couple of weeks later!!! Will have to show you the photos!
    GREAT reporT! Thank you xxx

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