Stephen Colbert is best known as the mock news pundit of the hit show The Colbert Report. His character is an over the top yet loveable know-it-all who speaks from the gut more than the brain. In the 2005 pilot episode Colbert coined the word “truthiness” to encapsulate his blend of confidence, ignorance, and adherence to the doctrine of American Exceptionalism. Truthiness became the ethos for The Colbert Report, but it also became a brand of satirical comedy which Colbert has pioneered and developed over the last ten years.
Nevertheless, good comedy is about more than just getting laughs. Good comedy tells the truth, reveals that the Emperor has no clothes, and shines light into the dark corners of our world. While Stephen Colbert is no stranger to trivial silliness, his overall comedic voice is deep and profound. This voice – honed over hundreds of episodes, public appearances, and public stunts – is fundamentally concerned with telling the truth. Truth by satire. Truth by telling lies. Telling The Truthines.
This book explores the function of Colbert’s comedy and art as truth telling. At the same time, it draws out biblical themes and ideas including the doctrine of sin, truth and revelation, comedy and sarcasm in the bible, and ultimately, “parhessia” – a New Testament word having to do with redeemed human beings granted “free speech” before God.
Telling The Truthiness affords space to wrestle with how Colbert wears mock ignorance to mirror the blissful ignorance of our culture. It delves into the cathartic nature of poking fun of our “sacred cows,” the historical prophetic calling to speak truth to power, the ability to face darkness with laughter, and the gospel related freedom the truth brings – even the freedom to not take ourselves too seriously.
This book is not a biography of Stephen Colbert. Nor is it a mere highlighting of religious moments on the show that confirm Colbert’s Catholic convictions or religious sensibilities. This book is an analysis and celebration of the art of Stephen Colbert as prophetic truth-telling.
As originally announced on “The Colbert Report” on July 16th, 2014, Sam Wilson aka “The Falcon” is taking over the role of Captain America, after Steve Rogers was drained of the Super Soldier Serum that gave him his strength, speed and endurance, leaving him unable to wield the shield.
And sadly for Stephen Colbert, despite having Captain American’s shield hanging on the wall of “The Colbert Report” set, he was not chosen to become the new Captain America. Instead, Marvel commissioned one of their artists, Kris Anka, to design an image of Stephen as Falcon to be used as a variant cover for the “All New Captain” to be released on November 12th, 2014.
Friends of the Hub, Sophia McClennen and Remy Maisel have co-authored a new book, “Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics“.
Does satire strengthen or weaken public perceptions of politics? While political satire is nothing new, talk shows and news parody shows have taken this form of entertainment to new—and arguably powerful—heights. As the social media-savvy millennial generation enters the voting pool, they continue to redefine notions of engaged citizenship and activism. Referencing scholarship on the state of democracy and media, McClennen and Maisel examine the critical potential of satire and the satirists most prominent in the nation today. They show us that one thing is certain: post-9/11 satire exercises tremendous influence on public opinion and is shaping a new version of US democracy.
James Poniewozik details the nation of Stephen Colbert ‘genius’ in the creation and evolution of “Stephen Colbert” the character, in ‘TIME Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance’. A preview of the chapter “WHAT’S SO FUNNY? Truth in Art?” is available on Amazon.
TIME profiles history’s most gifted and inventive humans and explores the work of scientists who are using advanced technologies in their attempts to isolate and quantify the nature of genius itself. We’ll explore the tantalizing questions surrounding human brilliance: Is genius the product of nature-or nurture? Is there a genetics of genius? Can science find new ways to enhance our intellectual and creative powers? How are child prodigies shaped? Is there a link between genius and mental instability? And can the experience of those with brain injuries open new windows into the nature of genius?
For those interested in the topic and nature of ‘genius’, I would also highly recommended reading Darrin McMahon’s ‘Divine Fury: A History of Genius’ which gives a detailed and extensively researched history of the idea of genius in the Western world.
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MGM has acquired screen rights to ‘Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me’, the best-selling humor anthology edited by Ben Karlin. Script will be written by Kyle Pennekamp & Scott Turpel, who scripted the upcoming ‘Get A Job’. Karlin is the Emmy-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In the book, he drew on his own experiences and those of many other men to share that shame walk that has happened to every guy: getting dumped and trying to get over the humiliation.
The film will be produced by Karlin and Kevin Misher, who will cull the Dumped book for the ingredients to a male-oriented comedy.
Hello, Hubsters . . .
And members of the great and always re-becoming greater Colbert Nation. About two months ago, we celebrated the release of the newest manifesto from our leader, Mr. Stephen Colbert. By now, I am sure you all own and have studied this majestic work and its red, white, and blueprint. Inquiring minds want to know what you think! STEPHEN wants to know what you think. As he pointed out, he “is a humble man,” and a little ego-feeding is in order.
Totally MAD (originally titled The New American Cookbook until cooler heads prevailed) is the ultimate collection of MAD’s most idiotic material, including such classics as Spy vs. Spy, The MAD Fold-in, A MAD Look At…, The Lighter Side of, Horrifying Clichés and The Shadow Knows, plus modern MAD classics including The MAD Strip Club and The Fundalini Pages.
Whether you grew up with MAD in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, reading it with a flashlight under the covers so your parents wouldn’t catch you, or in the 80s, 90s and beyond, reading it while watching the MADtv sketch comedy show or the more recent animated series on the Cartoon Network, this book will bring back fond memories and also provide a great introduction to MAD for new readers. Then again, maybe not.
Includes “The Soul of MAD,” 12 classic cover prints, ten featuring Alfred E. Neuman, MAD’s gap-toothed grinning idiot mascot. These beautiful reproductions are suitable for framing or wrapping fish.