EPISODE NUMBER: 8002 (October 4, 2011)
GUESTS: John Lithgow | Rick Davis
SEGMENTS: Chris Christie 2012 | Chris Christie 2012: Rick Davis | Bocephus’s Eternal Question | Sign Off: Stephen’s Formula 101 Spil
SUIT REPORT: Black Suit | White Shirt | Mustard and burgundy/navy horizontal striper tie
VIDEOS: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Tuesday’s episode was all about flights of fantasy, with fanciful metaphors describing Chris Christie’s pretend presidential ambitions, overwrought tributes to football traditions, and a rather dramatic conversation with
professional liar esteemed actor John Lithgow.
Did you all get the Schroedinger metaphor? I was left scratching my head and running to the font of wisdom, Wikipedia. I did not realize being a Colbert viewer meant you must have some cursory understanding of quantum physics experiments. Well, Stephen has stated he prefers an informed audience, but this is something else altogether.
What a great get to have Rick Davis on the show; it’s intriguing that Stephen is getting these conservative players like Frank Luntz, etc. I wish the Dems weren’t so afraid of him!
The energy between John Lithgow and Stephen was palpable. I really enjoyed when Lithgow read New Gingrich’s press release not too long ago. While Ryan Gosling is off playing John Lithgow in the movie adaptation of his book, I think Lithgow needs to play Gingrich on an HBO move or something. Get on it, people!
Also, congratulations to Paul Dinello and Mrs. Dinello on their new baby boy! How exciting. Paul is going to be a great dad, no question. And Stephen is an uncle (for the millionth time probably.)
Well what did y’all think? Commenta.
These candidates are like the perfect appetizer sampler platter. You got pizza bites, crazy bread, boiled potato, texas toast, foie gras, imitation foie gras, uninspected squirrel jerky, all with a santorum dipping sauce.
Speaking of being totally satisfied with the Republican slate of candidates, Chris Christie 2012.
Spades, by the way, is not the name of Christie’s hunting camp.
Christie made a big announcement this afternoon, and I haven’t watched it yet, because I don’t want to know. I am going to pretend that he announced that he’s the new iPhone.
Did you see if he left the door open there? Because last time I checked, he’s not dead.
…which is kind of like saying you’re not on drugs, you’re licking wallpaper to test its happiness.
Uncertainty about Chris Christie has reached the theoretical quantum state first postulated by Heisenberg in 1927. Christie has become Schroedinger’s candidate, like the theoretical cat in a box that is simultaneously alive and dead, until the box is opened. As long as we don’t know if he’s running, Christie is a lock to win the Republican nomination. I just hope, I just pray this afternoon, he did not open that box.
So we have a dead cat. Then again, a dead cat may still be more appealing than Mitt Romney.
From the Rick Davis interview:
SC: Is he going to run?
RD: He is not going to run.
SC: He has said that before.
RD: He has, consistently.
SC: That’s what the voters want, someone who’s consistent. Doesn’t that just make him more appealing? He’s just playing hard to nominate.
RD: He might be more appealing, but he won’t be a candidate for president.
SC: [On supporting Romney] They say Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. Do we just lay back, close our eyes and say, it’s for the good of the party, put your ballot in my box?
RD: …..Romney will get a look now, that he really hasn’t had.
SC: You were the campaign manager for Dole, campaign manager for McCain, any chance either of those 2 guys would jump in?
RD: Maybe a ticket!
SC: Dole/McCain. Time tested. Cured like beef.
RD: Romney has to show that he has the leadership chops, that he can take the Republican party, put it under his arms, and run to victory in November. He’s got to show that he can beat Barack Obama, who is going to be the driving influence of who you support in the Republican party.
From the Bocephus segment:
Even the Fox and Friends were taken aback, they aren’t used to hearing things like that from people who don’t work at the network.
I ran that past my researchers, and Doocy is correct, Obama and Biden, add up to 2, not 3, so lay off, people who say Fox News doesn’t do any fact checking.
And Nation, not hearing that song left me dangerously unprepared for some football. I am in living room innocently watching a Chevy Silverado ad, suddenly, a bunch of gigantic angry men in shiny tights start hitting each other, hurling and kicking a weird leather oblate spheroid. It was hours before I realized it was some football.
I’m sorry ESPN, you can disagree with a man’s politics, but you have no right to rob the American people proper procedures of football preparation. Bocephus is not just asking rhetorically, he is asking us all to embark on a journey of reflection, check our surroundings, is there anything around us suggesting unpreparedness for some football? Perhaps an empty snack bowl, beer that is unchilled, a phone shaped like a baseball….outstanding Rsvps from my rowdy friends. Might all of them not come over tonight?
Perhaps a Hitler Netanyahu golf game isn’t so bad; on the Wii it is adorable.
If you notice there, Hitler’s got a bit of a slice, that’s why he always went into Belgium.
I’m going to act like I read his book.
I did not know that actors needed education. Salinger [thought] that education could get in the way. Don’t you need to be empty up here and fill it with other people’s lives?
As far as I can tell, actors are really good liars.
John Lithgow: The essence of acting is pretending, and deceiving people into accepting an imitation of reality. The essence of it is, it’s experience both onstage and offstage, I think.
SC: Why didn’t you go into hedge funds, something that serves humanity?
JL: It’s funny you should mention that, clearly, you haven’t read the book.
JL: It is true I never intended to be an actor.
SC: What sucked you in?
SC: If that’s the criteria, then I’m an actor.
SC: When your book is made into a movie, who do you want to play you?
JL: Ryan Gosling.
SC:To try and capture your six pack abs?
JL: He looks just like me…as a young man.
From the sign off:
Regular viewers may have noticed a rash of new babies amongst members of my staff over the past couple months. I just want to quell rumors that this is due to a catastrophic spill of Stephen Colbert’s Formula 401 nine months ago. That was mopped up.
I would like to mention the newest member of the Colbert nation, Giancarlo Francis Dinello, who, judging by his name, was born in 14th century Venice. My congratulations to the entire Dinello family, and Riley Dinello, should you ever feel ignored these next few months, just pee on the carpet, like you do in my office.