December 12, 2012 — Mandy Patinkin

The Colbert Report Episode GuideEPISODE NUMBER: 9037 (December 12, 2012)
GUESTS: Mandy Patinkin | Jeff Bingaman
SPECIAL GUEST: Michael Stipe
SEGMENTS: Success for Operation Killing “Killing Kennedy” | Stephen’s Appointment with Destiny – Jeff Bingaman | Ground Zero Mosque-rade | Sign Off – Michael Stipe & Mandy Patinkin – “Good King Wenceslas”
SUIT REPORT: Dark suit | Light blue shirt | Navy/white stripped tie
VIDEOS: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Operation Killing Killing Kennedy

Well folks, I had no choice but to launch ‘Operation Killing Killing Kennedy’ to knock O’Reilly’s book from the top. And Nation, you did it! ‘America Again’ hit number one on Amazon. Literally, literally. Read it and weep, Bill! Not only did ‘America Again’ beat out ‘Killing Kennedy’, it also beat out the kinky psycho-sexual novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. Due, I’m sure, to my book’s depictions of depraved sadomasochistic sex. Once again, my apologies Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Senate Recess

Yes, I would fit right into the Senate. I love any job that has recess.

John McCain on Senator Colbert

John McCain was asked what he would teach Colbert if he landed the job. McCain jokingly replied, ‘How to shut up.’ *laughter* It’s a joke because clearly he can’t make anyone shut up.

Jeff Bingaman on The Colbert Report

Stephen: $174, 000 a year. How do you live? Do you get food stamps?
Jeff: I don’t, but that is because I have a wife who has also been very successful in supporting our family.
Stephen: So I should marry rich?
Jeff: You need to marry rich for sure.
Stephen: Now we both now the House of Representatives are a bunch of losers compared to you guys. Do you have the power as a Senator, to just walk up to anyone in Congress and give them a wedgie?
Jeff: Ah yeah, I guess I do.

Mosque rade

Oh, you could call this a Mos-Que-Rade. And I’m in no Mah-Mood for it, I’ve Ji-Had it up to here. The media Hajj to Mecca big deal out of this. Hummus.

The Colbert Report West Side Story

Fighting with dance and music. Have we learnt nothing from ‘West Side Story’?


Why can’t I pronounce you!?!

Mandy Patinkin on The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert Good King Wenceslas

  • CN Helper

    Wow, Mr. Patinkin was really getting fired up in the interview. I think Stephen managed to push all his hot buttons at once, but Stephen also made him laugh when he referenced his stage work. It must have been great for Stephen to interview someone he admires so.

    Also, I do like “Good King Wenceslaus,” but never have strayed beyond verse 1- that song has some weird lyrics. Great too to hear Michael Stipe singing….well anything, again.

  • applepies

    The senator interview felt a bit awkward to me, but I enjoyed how heated the interview with Mandy got. He apparently took Stephen at his word when he was told to disabuse him of his ignorance!

  • Mrc

    I’ve made mp3’s of the songs:
    ”Baby It’s Cold Outside” (forgot to upload it yesterday):

    ”Good King Wenceslas”:

  • Jaime

    I think Good King Wenceslas is in the running for my favourite carol of the week! It was gorgeous. 😀

  • karenatasha

    Just FYI: the segment with the carol itself is available on iTunes with the 99 cents going to charity.

  • Caroline

    Loved Mandy Patinkin. I bet Stephen wishes all his guests would argue their points so passionately. The song was my favorite of the week so far.

  • Erika

    I loved the performance!! And I love Michael Stipe! He has such character, that guy, and a sense of humor (I mean, who else would retire to Stephen’s shelf?) Also, Micheal Stipe made a surprise appearance at the 12/12/12 Concert For Sandy Relief thing. It was such a surprise, in fact, that the show’s producers didn’t even know! If any of you didn’t see it, he did a lovely performance of “Losing My Religion” with Chris Martin from Coldplay. Anyway, you think Stephen had anything to do with this? He was there (and maybe the only comedian who didn’t rehash another joke about the NYC ban on big sodas), and must have had to hightail it over after the show……..and since Michael was there unexpectedly… have to figure, maybe they went together?

  • karenatasha

    I agree–I imagine that they went together. I haven’t actually watched the concert yet. I have it taped.

  • lockhart43

    That song was my favorite carol of the week, it was so, so great. And bless Michael Stipe for being such a good sport/it-getter and getting up on that shelf again!

    Loved Mandy Patinkin. Instead of spewing ignorance or stuttering out of nervousness, he had an opinion and argued it passionately and coherently. It was nice to see that, and have Stephen still be able to make a joke at the end of it.