Colbert "Toasts" Bush

weed's picture

Absolutely hilarious and ballsy to do this to the leader of the most powerful nation in the world when he's 5 feet from you.

Watch my namesake from Comedy Central absolutely skewer Bush right to his face. And do it well.

Note: You'll need the Google video player (I think, or maybe just Flash) to watch.

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Weed

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matthew's picture

20 minutes or more?

Do you know a copy of this that gets right to the humor? I'm twenty minutes in on this video, and not to the funny stuff yet.

Though watching the reporters typing in closets was kind of entertaining.

(NOTE: The jokes start at minute 39 or so. Wow, that guy's a dead ringer.)

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matthew's picture

Haven't yet reached Colbert...

I haven't yet reached Colbert's bit. Steve Bridges, the impersonator, was a hoot, though!

For a video of just Colbert's speech, rather than the whole thing, try here:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-869183917758574879

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Matthew P. Barnson

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weed's picture

A little more info

Sorry, I guess I needed to set up this post a little more...

This is a video of the White Hourse Correspondents Dinner, where the DC Press and the political types, along with some celebrities, hobknob together and act like they're all friends. In Jon Stewart's word, this is where they "Consummate their loveless marriage".

The video is the ENTIRE dinner, so you'll have to scan through to find the good parts. There's a skit where Bush gives one of his normal boring speeches and a dead-on impersonator tell us what he's really thinking.

Then Colbert comes on, and just skewers Bush and the press. He skewers Bush for obvious reasons, and then the press for being in bed with the gov't and swallowing their obvbiously orchestrated answers.

The fallout from this has been amazing for two reasons. The mainstream media didn't say anything about Colbert's speech, while the blogosphere has been burning up about it. Then, the media said the reason they didn't comment about it was that it just wasn't funny.

The blogosphere's take is that Colbert's received no or bad press because he's the kid who shouted that the Emperor has no clothes on, and the aides and press and so on are the ones who pretended not to notice. Now the press has egg on its face and is in scramble mode.

(That sentence above seems to be a unintended pun.)

My take is that regardless whether or not Colbert was appropriate, or funny, with this speech, he was absolutely right, and it was high time someone told Bush, to his face, what the majority of Americans (or at least those who rise above who the next American Idol will be) are thinking.

And that seems to be the majority of the blogosphere's opinion as well.

Maybe this is the beginning of the end of the mainstream media's relevance, given the ability of the internet to give you fifty sides to every story. They need to get back to fact-based reporting or risk losing us.

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Weed

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Weed

Timpane's picture

FUNNY

I love it, but the "Audition tape" could be skipped. The actual roast though.. whew.. it was amazing.

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Ben's picture

Nah

It's worth it for the sight of Helen Thomas stalking Stephen Colbert.

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weed's picture

Either way

I think it's a letdown only because the brilliant of his speech before overshadows it.

It's overkill. If you needed the video to get his point, then you're pretty dull. It's like stealing bases when you're up 15 runs, or running trick plays when you're up five touchdowns in the fourth quarter. It was still funny, but ultimately unnecessary.

*Note...I added those sports metaphors for Matt ;)p

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Weed

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matthew's picture

Baseball

I watched a baseball game the other day. It was weird, nobody got a touchdown or even a quality layup the whole game.

Must be that it was played by five-year-olds.

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daniel's picture

Even dishing

Colbert is great about taking anybody to task, whichever side of the aisle they fall on. I still remember his opening question to Barney Frank (D-MA): "George W. Bush--great president, or greatest president?" He wouldn't let him choose anything else, so ultimately Barney said Bush was a great president. Hilarious.

Ben's picture

Yeah

I agree with you on that. I wonder if he closed with the video to sort of diffuse (defuse?) the sharpness of the jabs that had come before. What impressed me most was how ballsy the whole thing was. I have all sorts of criticisms of the President, but I highly doubt that I could say anything coherent about him if the dude were sitting 10 feet away glaring at me the whole time. Yikes!

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Sammy G's picture

2007 Version

The annual Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner was held last night, and this time the entertainment was, in addition to President Bush's comedy routine, comics from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Does anyone have the video of Karl Rover rapping?