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May 12, 2006

Steven Colbert Appreciation Thread

Okay, I admit it. Let's face it-- we all knew it at the time. What we witnessed two weeks ago was the greatest act of moral courage/tv clown comedy performance in the history of the universe, if not longer.

A lot of us just didn't realize how scary-funny he was because we're morons, and we needed our betters to explain to us, patiently, how amazingly funny he was.

Like when he said "Think about it-- I haven't" ? See, I thought that was mildly amusing the first time I heard it, back on an episode of Strangers With Candy, and thought he was just cribbing very old material from his co-writers or himself.

I didn't realize that by recontextualizing the same joke by saying it in an entirely different venue, it in fact made it something wholly new, and wholly hilarious.

The man achieved something I didn't think was possible in comedy: through pure irony, he actually became the Living Christ Himself on that stage, if only for twenty gut-busting minutes of divinely-inspired sarcasm.

Allah's been posting paeans to this one-man revolution in the Night of Long Knives thread, and I thought I'd finally admit it.

HE F'N' STOOD UP.

HE MADE BUSH UNCOMFORTABLE FOR TEN MINUTES.

YES! YES! YES! It's all true, every word of it. Steven Colbert dared to speak truth to power in a way not seen since David Hasselhoff refused to do a "Knight Rider" movie unless they kept KITT's ability to speak.

He made us laugh. He made us think. He made us feel stupid as he blazed his glorious intellect at us.

But mostly, he showed us a man who was a real credit to his race.

(other announcer:) Yes, the human race.

Yes, the human race. That's what I meant, jerkoff. Why do you always have to try to show me up like that?

Anyway, the man is a God Among Men. Actually, he's probably a God Among Gods, too; lesser gods like Mercury, Loki, and Blipdoolpoolp (lobster-headed god of the Kuo-Toa) look up to him in the same way that a... the way that a short man looks up to a man who is, uhh, much taller.

And also, much funnier.

And a much greater credit to his race.

(other announcer:) Yes, the human race.

I swear to God, you come at me with that human race shit again and I'll kill you. I'll literally, physically kill you.

Anyway.

Steven Colbert-- he came, he saw, he killed.



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