How is everyone? This is Karenatasha, your roving New York City reporter, come to give you the lowdown on a fun late night writing panel held at the New York Television Festival on October 26th. Hosted by former SNL cast member Rachel Dratch, the lively discussion focused on politics, the writers’ backgrounds, and the workings of their respective shows.
Last night Stephen Colbert made a surprise appearance on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ (07:20 – 08:15), dancing his way onto the show, Stephen boogied-on down with Jimmy Fallon to Daft Punk’s new single ‘Get Lucky’ (feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers) from their new album ‘Random Access Memory’, before dancing his way back behind the blue curtain.
Not as random as it seems, the bit is all to do with the upcoming appearance of Daft Punk on ‘The Colbert Report’.
Welcome to the ‘Six Degrees Catch Up Edition’ featuring all the latest happenings and goings on in the world of ‘Daily Show’ and ‘Colbert Report’ staff and ‘Friends of the Show’.
In this month’s catch up we have new books from Father James Martin and Maurice Sendak, interviews with Frank Lesser, Rory Albanese, Sam Bee and Steve Carell, Amy Sedaris casting news and John Oliver talks about wearing Stephen Colbert hand-me-downs and hosting ‘The Daily Show’.
Stephen Colbert appeared on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ last night to discuss his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s campaign for Congress, whose Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is selling more, Jimmy’s recent Grammy win and that special someone he forgot to thank, and the new ‘potential good friends’ sung “Ivory and Ivory”.
Amy Sedaris brought her special brand of Christmas cheer to ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ where she spoke about her new fabric line, special Japanese pantyhose’s and necklace, taught Jimmy how to make a rather suggestive Christmas decoration, and broke two world records.
The last week of March 2011 could not have been a good one for Rebecca Black, being as she was the most vilified pop star on all the Internet. The amusingly amateurish clip for the 13-year-old’s song “Friday” – an out-of-nowhere, Auto-Tuned sensation featuring feel-good lyrics about the day between Thursday and Saturday – had just overtaken Justin Bieber’s “Baby” as the most hated YouTube video of all time, registering nearly 1.2 million dislikes. By then, numerous bloggers already had dubbed “Friday” “the worst song ever” – a downright polite assessment in light of some of the vitriol directed at Black – and the video had been mercilessly parodied online.
At the end of that same week, comedian Jimmy Fallon had friend and fellow late-night host Stephen Colbert on his show to perform “Friday” with Fallon’s house band, The Roots. But it’s not Jimmy Fallon’s style to pile on, to kick people when they’re down. If Rebecca Black was watching Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that Friday night (or afterward, on the Internet), she ought to have been heartened by what she saw. Everyone involved in the production – and it was nothing if not a production – took the song’s “fun, fun, fun, fun” lyric to heart. “The performance was so balls-to-the-wall,” Colbert says, “just throwing everything at the canvas.” Jackson Pollock would be so dizzied: “Everything” included (but was no means limited to) onstage pyrotechnics, a surprise appearance by former American Idol Taylor Hicks, and for good measure, somebody boogieing in a yeti costume. Oh, did we mention that the Knicks City Dancers showed up, too?
“One of the things we talked about beforehand is that we didn’t want to mock the song,” Colbert recalls. “We wanted to do the song like it’s never been done before. Sometimes in parody, when you do somebody else’s material for comedy, you can feel the ‘knife’ in it. There’s no knife in Jimmy Fallon’s hand, and I really like that.”