... at least that's how his staff introduced him.
So, last November I ordered free tickets to a recording of "The Colbert Report." I'm a long time fan, and I've anticipated this for a while. I've actually met Stephen once before, he was doing a signing at New York Comic Con in 2007. It was brief, but fun. And I have a photograph from the event.
Anyway, we arrived at the studio at around 4:15, and waited on line. Thankfully it wasn't that cold, because the doors didn't open until 5:30. Once we got in, we went through a screening like an airport... except we got to keep our shoes on, and his security knew what they were doing better than airport security. So, we waited in the waiting room for another half hour and were entertained by a monitor playing some of Stephen's highlights.
Finally, the doors opened and we were let in. We were lucky to get some decent seats, with a nice view of Captain America's shield on his wall (I'm assuming Bucky is running around with a copy of the shield). A comedian named Dominic came out and entertained us for about fifteen minutes before introducing Stephen Colbert.
Stephen ran out, ran around his desk a few times (thankfully, he didn't trip and break his wrist again ;)), and tossed his mic into the air, catching it, before doing an out of character Q&A.
He was asked about Grammy night, and yeah, he is very happy to have that thing.
But my favorite part was when he was asked what he would do if he were caught between a grizzly bear and Nancy Pelosi. He said he would duck and let Nancy Pelosi hypnotize the bear with her crazy eyes, before telling a very unflattering story about the Speaker of the House. He didn't say anything nasty, but you could tell that even out of character, he really does not like the woman. At all.
The story was that he was selected to present her an award at the Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year Awards. And he did, if only to get Pelosi to stop pressuring Congressman to not come on his show. So, when he presented the award, he decided to give a friendly hug as you'll often see at these things, but she just grabbed it from his hand, quite rudely. Afterward, he was in an elevator with his publicist, Pelosi, and an aide of Pelosi. Just the four of them, no one else. And he, trying to be nice, congratulated her on her award. And she didn't respond so much as make a speech about "all the fine women" to the walls, not even looking at him. Needless to say, he thinks she's nuts.
Then, the Q&A came to an end, and he launched into his show. He had to do three takes on his "Tonight!" which was hilarious, and then it was like watching the show live. I spent most of the time looking at him instead of the monitors, except for when we for to "The Word" because, well, had to laugh at the text. LOL.
Following that, he did his segment on the death of J. D. Salinger, which if you watch the episode, he was very in-character, calling "The Catcher In the Rye" a crummy book.
By the way, there is a break in the studio during what will be the commercial break, which mostly consists of Stephen getting his makeup reapplied, and dancing to the music that is played to keep us entertained.
Finally, it was time for the interview with former New York governor, Elliot Spitzer. It was a lot of fun to watch. Stephen didn't go easy on him over his, ahem, throwing his career away with hookers. But it was also a serious, and very good interview. Spitzer understands what's wrong with the economy better than anyone Obama's appointed, and there was some criticism of the president. Spitzer definitely reminded Alex, my friend Nick, and I of why we originally liked him. Which makes what he did even more upsetting, because New York's current governor, Patterson, is terrible.
After the show ended, Stephen tossed out a few Wriststrong bracelets. I'm very happy to say I ended up going home with one. In fact, I'm wearing it right now. Not bad considering they're $7.50 on the website... but most of the proceeds are donated to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, so it's a good cause. He also assured us that he likes Salinger's writing.
It was a fun evening, and next month we're going to see "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." I, for one, cannot wait.