By now most of us have probably played the Celebrity Faceoff game. Some of the pairings are easy (Oprah versus practically anybody comes to mind), but some are a lot harder. Some are tough because the two celebrities don't even seem comparable (Anderson Cooper vs. Natalie Portman). But still others are tough because of how similar they are.
Celeb Faceoff: Even Stev/phen
A few weeks ago I was faced with this challenge: Who's more famous - Steve Carell or Stephen Colbert?
Are you serious?! That's like asking me which of the Olsen twins is more famous. (Except harder, because I'm pretty sure Mary Kate would win.)
Hmmm... both started on The Daily Show. Steve stars in a successful primetime comedy that (normally) airs once a week while Colbert hosts a cable show (with his name in the title) that airs four times a week. Carell has a respectfully successful movie career, but Colbert (almost) ran for president.
Pitting these two friends against each other reminds me of the hilarious segment called Even Stevphen that they used to do on The Daily Show. (It was sort of a Point/Counterpoint routine that often ended in tears and/or physical aggression and always in yelling.)
Fun Fact: Carell and Colbert met in the late '80s while at Chicago's famed Second City, an improvisational comedy troupe known for being the training ground for many future SNL-ers and other comedians.
PS: I have no idea which one ended up being the correct answer. (I'm going to say... both! Except that's not how it works, is it?)
THE comprehensive fansite for Paul Dinello (aka: Tad the Building Manager) has videos of all of the Tad clips from the Colbert Report.
The latest is from a couple of weeks ago and features Tad at an eagle fesival.
Stephen and Paul go way back (like, almost 20 years) and it's really cute to watch them interact together!
Props to the webmistress, Caitlin, for making the videos available!
In case you missed it, Comedy Central has posted two highly entertaining clips. The first has Colbert calling out Nelson's nefarious agenda with an attack ad, in which an "ice cream expert" (read: little kid) asks: "Why would I want to eat ice cream the pot man told me to eat? Pot people are high. They'll eat anything."
The second clip is the actual interview with Willie, with an appearance from a very special guest. To watch the videos, read more
I was a little skeptical about the transition from radio to television, but after watching the trailer, I know it will be a beautiful program, keeping the essence of the radio This American Life intact. Check out the trailer for yourself:
This American Life with Ira Glass premires Thursday, March 22 at 10:30 PM et/pt
Stephen Colbert spoke about Junior Division Hockey on his show, and prompted a wager from the Mayor of Oshawa, Ontario. They bet on a game which pitted the Oshawa Generals against the Saginaw Spirit. It was decided if Oshawa won the game, that Stephen would wear a General’s jersey for an entire episode of his show. If Saginaw won, the Oshawa Mayor promised to hold Stephen Colbert Day on Stephen’s next birthday.
Well, Saginaw Spirit won the game, who’s mascot just happens to be Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle, and true to his word, the Mayor of Oshawa is celebrating Stephen Colbert Day with a “Grin and Bear It” Festival on March 20th, 2007.
The night will include local celebrities, and Don Cherry, a Canadian hockey icon as well as a hockey game between The Generals and The Spirit. Guests will be served cake, and Dr. Pepper (Stephen’s favourite soft drink)
What’s Stephen Colbert Day without Stephen Colbert? That point hasn’t escaped the Ontarians, and they are petitioning Colbert to make an appearance. Please help them achieve this goal by adding your name to the petition here:
I know you're all excited about the launch of Americone Dream, the new Ben & Jerry's ice cream that combines two of our favorite things: Stephen Colbert and chocolate. But while I expected the usual hilarity when Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield appeared on "The Colbert Report" last night, the interview was even funnier that I'd anticipated.
In case you missed it, we've got a video from the segment, where Stephen introduces his newly christened ice-cream flavor. Here's a taste:
"That's right nation: Now you can join me internally as well as externally. Every delicious bite is full of crispy fudge-covered waffle cone — the only time I waffle... Look at the packaging! That picture is so hot it's amazing the stuff stays frozen."
It gets even funnier when Ben & Jerry talk about the forthcoming Willie Nelson ice cream, so to watch the video, read more
Tonight, Stephen Colbert will see his AmeriCone Dream come true when Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield appear on The Colbert Report to launch Colbert's ice cream! The AmeriCone Dream consists of vanilla ice cream, fudge-covered waffle cone pieces, and a caramel swirl.
Colbert believes AmeriCone Dream can make a difference. "I’m not afraid to say it. Dessert has a well-known liberal agenda. What I hope to do with this ice cream is bring some balance back to the freezer case."
Stephen Colbert is donating his proceeds from the sale of AmeriCone Dream to charity through The Stephen Colbert AmeriCone Dream Fund. The Fund will support charities of concern to Stephen such as food and medical assistance for disadvantaged children, helping veterans and their families, and environmental causes. Said Colbert, "I will save the world."
Well, whether the ice cream is another step toward saving the world or dominating it, my buddy Yum and I can't wait to taste the truthiness. Tune in to Comedy Central tonight at 11:30 p.m. to witness this historic event.