Can you believe it? Americone Dream is celebrating its 8th anniversary this month!! That’s right, eight whole years of vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces and caramel swirl goodness!!
And don’t worry, ‘The Colbert Report’ may have ended last December, but that doesn’t mean the Americone Dream has ended with it. In fact, in their celebration post, Ben & Jerry’s have confirmed that, ‘the Americone Dream will continue on … oh, let’s just say forever.’
So here’s to another eight and however many years more of freedom in your fridge!!
In the penultimate week of ‘The Colbert Report’, you may recall Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi threw down some pretty neat moves on a BMX during the last installment of ‘Better Know a District’. Turns out it wasn’t actually Nancy Pelosi, but stuntman Alex Schuler. A rider from North Carolina, Alex recently joined the film industry as a stuntman, and has already had the opportunity to work on some big projects. In an interview with Vital BMX he speaks about his experiences working on ‘The Colbert Report’ and his upcoming projects.
It is no surprise to us, the Colbert Nation, that The Colbert Report was cited in many Best of 2014 articles. The last year of The Report will never be forgotten. This groundbreaking show will live on forever. After all, “Stephen Colbert” is immortal. Check out these articles from around the web and give us your thoughts in the comment section.
A Look Back at “The Colbert Report’s” great satirical moments reveals how the show will live on in the public consciousness, long after its finale.
Rebellious and somehow still reverent, “The Colbert Report” was an equal-opportunity Truthiness Revealer in its treatment of hot-button sociopolitical issues.
Stephen Colbert is King of the Internet. He has been regularly memed, tumblerized, quoted, cited, blogged about, tweeted about, celebrated and possibly inflated by the media, cruelly deflated by the media, and so on, throughout his long nine-year run hosting The Colbert Report. In whatever light he is cast, Stephen Colbert and his team’s brand of satire on The Colbert Report will continue to ripple out for a long, long time. The invocation of his name on every piece of the internet-o-sphere is no accident, but rather a reflection of his influence and appeal. However, this phenomenon took years to develop, and required that the show adapt and grow. Increasingly, the show ventured off the set and took its improvisational games out into the real world in order to reach its satirical goals. In this post, I will explore some of the pivotal events that resulted. Its malleable nature notwithstanding, the program’s core concept of exposing “truthiness” has remained intact, and has not only become popularized, but immortalized; therefore, its message will linger in public consciousness for years to come.
From the Healing Improv Facebook Page:
Yesterday Healing Improv received an unexpected surprise in the mail from “The Stephen Colbert Americone Dream Fund” of Coastal Community Foundation. It was a grant for $10K to further our mission of bringing Comedy Improv Grief Workshops to people struggling with grief. It was completely unexpected, and an amazing end of year surprise. If you would like to join Mr. Colbert in supporting Healing Improv and benefit from an end of year tax break, you can make a donation through Pay Pal here and they will match an additional 1% of all donations made through December 31st, 2014.
Stephen Colbert Gives Big Boost to Grand Rapids’ Healing Improv Group
A tiny nonprofit group that brings laughter to grieving people was stunned to receive a $10,000 grant Stephen Colbert, the satirist and comedian who created “The Colbert Report.”
“It came out of no place,” said Bart Sumner, an actor and writer who formed Healing Improv in 2012. When his wife called to tell him the news, he said, “I nearly drove off Ada Drive. It absolutely blew me away.”
Healing Improv runs comedy improv workshops that aim to relieve stress, provide emotional connections and laughter for people who are grieving. Sumner created the organization after his 10-year-old son, David, died in 2009. He realized that performing and teaching helped him survive that devastating loss.
“Laughter and tears are right next to each other in the emotional scale,” Sumner said.
The group operates on a small scale. The workshops are free. Sumner donates his time. It has raised about $4,000 in the past 18 months to cover some travel expenses and rental space.
The $10,000 grant makes a big difference for the group, Sumner said. It will help pay for advertising to reach more participants and more travel costs to partner with groups requesting workshops.
“This will really allow us to spread our net out and help people all over the place,” Sumner said.
Max Werner, a member of Colbert’s writing staff, is familiar with Healing Improv – and Sumner said he is the one who recommended the West Michigan group for the grant.
Full Article: Mlive.com
This was my sixth time going to see the show and by far the most emotional and the most eagerly anticipated. I was so anxious about it that I actually have two reporTs to…um…reporT.
My BONUS Special Taping report: December 16, 2014.
When we got to the studio, they announced that they weren’t going to be able to use the studio due to some sort of emergency that they didn’t get into. They bussed us over to another place, a classroom at a college. They had to cancel the musical guest due to the change and they did a round table panel discussion instead and were going to have a bunch of pundit-types for guests. They only let ticket holders in; no guests of ticket holders and no standby.
And just like that, it’s gone. This truly marks the end of an era.