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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 05:26 am
An inspired prank from Rolling Stone, which sent witless NYT egomaniac Maureen Dowd to interview Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert:
I thought Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert might be a little nervous to meet with me. I was the real news commentator, after all, and they were the mock. They threw spitballs at presidents; I interviewed presidents before throwing spitballs at them. I had crisscrossed the globe to cover news stories, while these guys just put on dark suits and threw up imported backgrounds on a green screen. No doubt they would try to impress me with some weighty discussion about world affairs or the midterm elections. But when I walked into Colbert’s office at The Colbert Report, just off Tenth Avenue in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, the two barely acknowledged me. Stewart, rumpled in a gray tee over a long-sleeved shirt, khaki cargo pants, black Timberland boots and a Mets cap, was sprawled in a chair with takeout coffee. Colbert, neat in a long-sleeved navy shirt, blue pants and wire-rimmed glasses, was sitting up straight next to him, holding a paper plate of fruit. They were already deep in a weighty discussion.
At last, they turn their attention to me. Their gazes are not, as I’d expected, full of respect. They regard with amused disdain the old-fashioned, phone-book-size Radio Shack tape recorder I’d put on the floor between them.
That’s ten or so self-references from MoDo before she’s even out of her first two paragraphs. Dowd’s subsequent questions for the pair, and her associated observations, are slightly beneath the level you might expect from a j-school kid with special education needs:
• Your shows are like mirrors within mirrors, using a cycle of fakery to get to the truth. You’ve tapped into a sense in society that nothing, from reality shows to Bushworld, is real anymore. Do you guys ever get confused by your hall of mirrors?
• Jon, you’re from stand-up. And Stephen, your background is improv. How does that affect how you approach your work?
• It’s got a lot of levels. My head hurts sometimes watching “The Colbert Report.”
• Stephen, do people come up to you in the supermarket and address you as though you are your character?
• But wouldn’t, say, a President Obama be harder to make fun of than these guys?
Little wonder Stewart said, early during his Dowd interrogation: “I didn’t know we were going to have to be high to do this interview.”
(Via Jim Treacher)
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