Stephen Colbert’s low-and-slow approach to Late Night television might work in his favor, as the Comedy Central staple has yet to top his competitors’ viral videos. Though he might not be ahead of the game, he’s certainly making ripples in the water worthy of discussion. In an interview with Mel Gibson, Colbert addressed the actor’s “rough patch,” which obviously refers to Gibson’s infamous, anti-Semitic rant. Colbert is clearly empathetic and interested, rather than asking a “gotcha” question to deliberately cause Gibson’s unease. Interviewing will likely be Colbert’s niche in this market, as both Jimmy Fallon and James Corden are nowhere close.
As a Jew, Gibson’s rant is especially interesting and important, and though it might be nice to shun hatred for eternity, perhaps it’s true that Gibson DOES NOT have hate in his heart, and his “worst moment” was the product of a deep dive into depression coupled with a drunken relapse. Aren’t we all worthy of forgiveness? It would be nice if Gibson was a tad more comfortable while talking about this, but he has always been notoriously private, so perhaps it’s just not his bag. Watch the interview below.
His new film, Hacksaw Ridge, opens November 4, 2016.
In case you missed Stephen Colbert’s hilarious dance routine, I’ve kindly posted it below for your viewing enjoyment. Colbert finally addressed the behind-the-scenes story about Daft Punk’s no-show, explaining that the original interview had insane parameters, but Colbert felt up for the challenge. According to Colbert, they insisted on not speaking or performing, and he designed a format that he felt would comedically fill the silence. But the plan tanked when MTV forced exclusivity, as the music duo was set to perform at the VMAs and MTV didn’t want to over-saturate. Colbert took matters into his own hands for the seven minute segment and performed an “interpretive” dance. Watch below.
This clip caused some extensive head-scratching. Does Bill O’Reilly support gay marriage? Or does he just hate the Clinton Administration enough to use this as an opportunity to lambaste their legislative choices? I feel as if I slept for 5000 years and awoke to discover the evolution of Fox News out of its pre-historic bigotry. Luckily, Stephen Colbert took the professorial podium to explain the television tart’s abrupt about-face. Watch below.
In honor of the social media’s successful pressure against the Komen Foundation to reinstate funding to Planned Parenthood, I’m posting a vintage clip of Stephen Colbert’s hilarious discussion of how there’s no need for Planned Parenthood when we can all get pap smears at Walgreens.
In a preview of things to come, future cable competitors Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart engaged in a very funny dance-off on stage at O’Brien’s ‘Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television’ tour. It’s worth watching the video below if for no other reason than to see Jon Stewart in spandex.