Flashback: Stephen Colbert in “Missing Persons”


Colbert Nation member and Super YouTube Detective BettieKills stumbled upon this gem featuring a fresh faced Stephen Colbert, complete with Southern accent, playing a small guest role as Chet Davies in the second episode of “Missing Persons” entitled “Cabe… What Kind of Name Is That?”

A DVD of the series can be purchased as part of the “Prime Time Crime: The Stephen J. Cannell Collection”, which also features the likes of Johnny Depp and Jeff Goldblum.

(Stephen is featured from 14:45 -15:00 and 0:00 – 0:50)

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Erin Burnett Challenges Stephen Colbert to a ‘Flick Off’.


Erin Burnett Sings In Awkward Effort To Challenge Stephen Colbert.

Last night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert spent the better part of the first half of his show mocking a late-night failure by Erin Burnett to properly “flick” a graphic from one touchscreen to another. It quickly got Burnett’s attention, apparently, as she had a few corrections for the fake news host tonight– and a challenge for him to come flick along with her.

Recapping the Colbert segment, Burnett played it and turned to the end, where he showed an image of her and asked “CNN, is this your graphic?” Apparently, Burnett explained, it’s not: it’s a CNBC photo from 2005. She understood why he would make that mistake, she explained: “you were excited about your new toy, forgot you were a pretend journalist for a segment.” But Burnett wasn’t looking for a struggle against Colbert, as she defined the “truthiness” to be, and used a Michael Jackson song to make her point: “I want to flick with you.” So it wasn’t so much a confrontational challenge as an invitation to hang out and learn about each other’s flicking abilities (though not so much the part that involves flushing Burnett down a virtual toilet connected to the Colbert Report logo).

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Stephen Colbert to Appear at FIRST® Robotics Competition.


Stephen Colbert First Robotics Competition FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) will be joined by public figures to launch the 2012 season of the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) with a worldwide Kickoff event originating from Manchester, N.H.

The 2012 season will include an estimated 2,355 teams (nearly 60,000 high-school students) participating in 68 Regional and District events. All teams will be shown the 2012 robotics game field and challenge for the first time and will receive an exciting, new Kit of Parts made up of motors, batteries, a control system, and a mix of automation components – but no instructions. Teams will have six weeks to design and build robots to meet this year’s engineering challenge.

Dignitaries and public figures from across the nation will deliver remarks on video and in person, including (in order of appearance):

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report
— Jon Dudas, FIRST President
— Former President, George W. Bush
— Walt Havenstein, FIRST Chairman
— Chairman’s Award video by FIRST Team 359, Hawaii
— Former President, Bill Clinton
— Dr. Woodie Flowers, FIRST National Advisor

Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 10:30AM – 12:00PM (ET).

Broadcast: NASA TV.

Location: Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, N.H.

Full Press Release: Business Wire.

A Look Back: “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All”.


This post isn’t exactly “A Look Back” in my view, because my suspicion is that “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All” is destined to become an annual tradition for many, many years to come for all Colbert fans. It’s hard to pinpoint what makes this special so great, be it the well-written music, or Stephen’s gleeful performance, but my guess is on the celebrity collaborations we see throughout, particularly with Jon Stewart and Elvis Costello.

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