Ken Bain’s interview with the TV satirist Stephen Colbert is revealing both for its insight into Colbert and for its ideas on how higher education ought to work.
Colbert grew up in South Carolina, as the youngest of 11 children in a family that prized curiosity and reading. When he was 10, his father and two brothers were killed in an Eastern Air Lines crash. “After that,” he told Bain, “I saw my job as making my mother laugh.” He did so with jokes and antics. When he went off to college — first Hampden-Sydney and then Northwestern — he immersed himself in philosophy, then theater and improv. Both taught him about “momentary” failure and disappointment, set against “the light of eternity.”
He told Bain, the provost at the University of the District of Columbia, that bad grades didn’t “control him” but were “feedback.” Aided by interested professors, Colbert’s world view “freed him to take risks, to explore, to probe deeply, to find self-motivation in what he liked to do, and of all that to find an outlet for his creative energies.” If you think about The Colbert Report’s putative buffoon as someone steeped in Shakespeare, Shaw, and “A Man For All Seasons,” you may never watch it in quite the same way again.
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Hubster Tam sent us this wonderful “Taping ReporT” of her trip to the September 4th, 2012 taping of “The Daily Show: Hope and Change 2 – The Democratic National Convention”.
As per TV Guide, the date has been moved to Sunday, September 30 on OWN (9 – 10PM ET/PT)
Oprah travels to Charleston, South Carolina to meet the hilarious Stephen Colbert. He discusses his private life, his beloved TV alter ego and his friendship with Jon Stewart. He also opens up about losing his father and two brothers in a tragic plane crash.
Source: TV by the Numbers.
(Thanks to Mrc for the Tip and dentry for the update!)
Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are featured in the October 2012 issue of Vanity Fair, at #11 on “The Powers That Be” list. Just not quite powerful enough to beat out Jay-Z and Beyoncé at #8 (although according to the “Connections” feature, Jon Stewart has won a Grammy).
“Their ratings remain strong—2.4 million viewers for Stewart’s Daily Show and 1.7 million for The Colbert Report—but may actually understate the influence of Comedy Central’s late-night punch. Their satirical news programs regularly top the ratings of “real” news served up by Fox and CNN, and they’ve emerged as the most trenchant critics of media sensationalism. As Ted Koppel put it earlier this year, “They are doing a better job than the real journalists.” publicity coup: In a clever bit of political performance art, Colbert started a super-pac, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” The stunt got him masses of free press—including a televised Federal Election Commission hearing—and, amazingly, his political organization netted more than $1 million in contributions. Colbert used some of the money to produce and air a tongue-in-cheek attack ad during the Republican primaries implying that Mitt Romney was a serial killer.”
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The Arts Sarasota talks to Executive Producer Rory Alabanese and goes behind-the-scenes of ‘The Daily Show’ in Tampa, Florida.
EPISODE NUMBER: 8148 (September 7, 2012)
GUESTS: Ed Rendell
SPECIAL GUEST: Neil deGrasse Tyson
SEGMENTS: The 2012 People’s Party Congress of Charlotte – Youth Vote | Tom Brokaw & Barack Obama | RNC Convention vs. DNC Convention | The 2012 People’s Party Congress of Charlotte – Colbert Bump
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VIDEOS: Friday, September 7, 2012
EPISODE NUMBER: 17150 (September 07, 2012)
GUESTS: No Guest
SEGMENTS: Hope and Change 2 – Bin Laden Isn’t Better Off | Barack Obama’s Nomination | Democratic National Convention Parting Thoughts | Last Week This Week | Moment of Zen – Where Mitt Learned About Russia
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VIDEOS: Friday, September 7, 2012
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