February 28, 2012 — Ross Eisenbrey

The Colbert Report Episode Guide EPISODE NUMBER: 8063 (February 28, 2012)
GUESTS: Ross Eisenbrey | John Kilduff
SEGMENTS: The Colbert Report’s 1000th Show | Rising Oil Prices – John Kilduff | Mr. Smith Goes to the State Legislature, Then Later Possibly Washington – Bob Morris & Kyle Jones | Stephen’s 1000th Ticket
SUIT REPORT: Charcoal jacket | White Dress shirt | Red tie with white dots.
VIDEOS: February 28, 2012



"Suck it Simpsons. You did 500 shows, it only took you 23 years!"

The First Segment: 1,000 shows.

Has it been 1,000 shows already? I remember when it was only 900. (seriously cause I was at that one)  Stephen and the Nation can celebrate. Onto the next 1,000 please.

"The only way I could do 1,000 half hour shows, is with the help of 500 hour energy."

Stephen mentions some past segments that they have done like “All You need to Know” and “In the Year 2000”. With the exception of “In the Year 2000” and “60 minutes” those were all segments I remember from the show in the beginning. He did “All You need to Know” a few times, but I guess those segments didn’t quite catch on like “The Word” and “Threatdown”.

Now that he has done 1,000 shows, he has reached his goal. After every show, his desk spits out a skeeball ticket which he can trade in. Will he still do more shows? PLEASE??

Segment Two: Rising Oil Prices with John Kilduff.

I just love how the right wing blamed everyone else besides Bush for rising gas prices during the “naughts” but now that Obama is in the White House, it’s all the president’s fault now. Classy.

In one of the news clips he shows about rising gas prices, a reporter is doing her thing while in the background, two cars collide. Instead of expressing concern for the people who were just in an accident and maybe hurt, the anchor back at the studio says, “I guess they were upset by the rising gas prices.” Way to relate it to the story!

Stephen’s special guest was John Kilduff who set us all straight about gas prices and who’s to blame.

Stephen wants to have puppies licking peanut butter off of turbine blades to help create an alternative fuel. I’m trying to picture that, but a graphic is really needed. I think Mr. Kilduff may have needed one too.

Segment Three: Mr. Smith Goes to the State Legislature and then possibly Washington

(stay tuned)

Guest: Ross Eisenbrey

Mr Eisenbrey has come to talk about the plight of the unpaid intern. He might be interested to know that Jay the Intern has been there for 6 1/2 years. Has it been that long? He has to be close to graduating by now, he’s got a kid for cryin’ out loud.

I think he makes a valid point. I had an internship at a TV station in college. It was the best, but it would’ve been even better if I had gotten paid. Pay them a little, like waitress wages. However, there is co-op education. I don’t think in the world of TV and movies, you are going to get paid as an intern, anytime soon. It’s very competitive and people are usually scratching to get the chance.

Sign-Off: 1,ooo tickets

(stay tuned)



  • Pam Alexander

    I have been incensed by this trend for years!! Finally my hero, Stephen Colbert has exposed this nasty secret!! Getting our children to — not only work without pay — but COMPETE to work without pay!!! Outrageous!! “When people work for free employers get the idea that we don’t REALLY have to pay for labor.” Ross Eisenbrey,

  • Mr. Arkadin

    Skee ball tickets come out of Stephen’s desk after every show?! (Do any of the youngs even know what skee ball is? Is there an app for it?) Stephen’s desk is awesome!
    I’m glad he dropped his coffee cup though. I was really worried that this was going to be his last show.

    I see colbaby hasn’t checked in today. I presume she’s still passed out from the whole TDS interview being dedicated to men’s height. (You aren’t a terrible person, colbaby. Just slightly troubled.) I’m sure I speak for all of you when I say we wish her a speedy recovery.

    • colbaby

      I wish! Between a slow internet connection and the websites having issues, I haven’t had a chance to see any episodes this week. It’s a travesty. A travesty I say!

      And it’s kind of you to say “slightly.”

      • anais0509

        Same here! I’m willing to wait until everything’s fixed, but the withdrawal is bothering me something chronic.

        • Cosmo

          I don’t know how long this will work, and I’m sure the sites will be fixed soon, but the stream loads if you link directly to it. (Ex. http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:409271) At least it loads for me. And there is a Skee-ball app. :)

          I never, ever want to hear the words “This was the Colbert Report” again. Ever. *shudders*

          • Cosmo

            I think the videos are fixed. :)

      • Karenatasha

        Colbaby, it’s everything you dreamed of … and more!
        Serious height talk.

        • colbaby

          I FINALLY got to watch it. And it was delightful. I have such a crush on that fella.

  • CN Helper

    Ouch! It was funny to have a guest on talking about something that affects Stephen directly – his usage of unpaid interns. However, if I were still college age I would intern for him in a heartbeat! As long as I got Colbert bucks, that’s some good currency there.

    Loved the ending! So clever, and they put a lot thought into that. I betcha Letterman could get anything off the top row.

    • Mr. Arkadin

      “I betcha Letterman could get anything off the top row.”

      From what I hear, Letterman gets the unpaid interns too! 😉

      • karenatasha

        Another great zinger from Mr. Arkadin!

      • bleu

        hahahaha lol

  • karenatasha

    This was a great, celebratory show, and I particularly loved the interview. The issue of internships and how they are conducted is important. I don’t know if I agree that it’s NEVER right to have an unpaid intern in exchange for college credit, but it has to be extremely tightly regulated.

    My own experience as an intern–which took place ages ago–was backstage for a dance company, and I was in high-school at the time. I loved it to bits, even though I’m sure I was not getting exactly the kind of work experience that the program founders had in mind. I do feel I learned a great deal, however, and I was able to apply that knowledge to later academic work. But I think I was both lucky and crazy about the dance company, so I probably overlooked a lot!

    What is not up for debate, in my opinion, is turning ordinary entry-level jobs into unpaid internships. That’s just not right, and limits opportunities for lower-income adults who cannot afford a year or two without a salary.

    • Kris

      I hear what you’re saying about internships Karenatasha. Mine was around 600 hours and I worked at a Women’s prison. I had to take out a huge loan to do it as it was far enough away from home that I’d had to pay for a hotel and worked for free 12 hours a day so it was pretty darn hard to have a paid job on top of it. Still, it was worth every penny (although it didn’t lead to a job). Much like college itself, internships can be experiences that enrich us in ways that should not be all about the money. Still, I like that people are starting to question some of the less than ethical ways they have been being used.

      I love the idea that Stephen works for skee ball tickets but was ready to quit before he got the “big prize”. No wonder he doesn’t ever take a day off:)

  • lockhart43

    I loved the look on Stephen’s face after he dropped his coffee cup – that childlike look of, “Oh no! My ice cream fell out of the cone and now it’s on the floor!” Stephen trading in his skeeball tickets was a clever way to celebrate the 1000 shows. Seriously, 1000 shows! Congrats to the TCR crew – I sure hope they had a cake yesterday. That is definitely a cake-worthy occasion.

    • karenatasha

      And I hope they had champagne with their cake! *Never a celebration without a little bubbly*