Thursday, October 20, 2005

The Daily Show and Colbert

I frequently go to bed early (like grandparents early) so I often miss the first airing of The Daily Show, but I am infinitely grateful that Comedy central decided to rerun the episodes at 8pm the next evening. That being said, I finally got to see Bill O'Reilly on The Daily Show last night and I can't believe how much of a schmuck he truly is.

My favorite quote:

O'Reilly: "There are bad people out there and we need to do something about them. We need to..."
Stewart: "And when exactly are you going to start doing that?"

The tension was awesome between Stewart and O'Reilly. Stewart's comparison of France to Lucy from Peanuts was glorious. He made O'Reilly's ridiculous vendetta against France look pithy and stupid. The guy hates France merely because they don't do anything, falling back on the old adage that we saved their ass in World War II, why shouldn't they back us up.

Dude, we wouldn't even exist if it weren't for France...

Interestingly enough, O'Reilly started talking about how he doesn't like any politician because they all have ulterior motives. Is he on The Daily Show because he loves Jon Stewart and can't live without him?

No, as Stewart was quick to demonstrate by holding it up, O'Reilly was there to promote his book, which sold poorly because it was released while he was being accused of telling one of his female staffers to use a vibrator. Now if that's not an ulterior motive I don't know what is.

The Colbert Report is Comedy Central's newest attempt to fill the dead timeslot after The Daily Show. Finally, Comedy Central has wised up and given that timeslot to The Daily Show. The only thing they need to do is stop pronouncing the "report" as "rapport." That joke is already getting old and annoying.

Yesterday I wrote about how blogs have not yet infiltrated mainstream media, but might do so soon. The Colbert Report is an excellent example of proving me wrong. It is completely what a blog would be like if it had it's own show.

I think the reason why I believe it's like a blog is because of the abstract stories and presentation of materials. The sidebar text that comes up while Colbert is speaking is so incredibly blog-like. It's also ragingly funny.

And at the end of the day (or at 8:30pm) that's all anybody really needs.

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