It was only right to start the trip off with a bang. Tonight 7 students and 2 faculty from the department went to the taping of The Colbert Report. Of course, we were not the only special visitors in the audience. The Swedish music group, Movits (previous guests of The Colbert Report) were also hanging out in the backstage VIP section before the show began.
Oh, and did I mention Morgan Freeman was the special guest?!
As usual, Stephen Colbert (the character, not the man) unapologetically extracted the truthiness out of his guest and each news item he chose to discuss on his show. Highlights included Harry Reid’s “negro” problem, community banking vs. big banking, and the expiration of the estate tax. In fact, Colbert managed to simultaneously warn the elderly not to die in 2010 AND subtly encourage their gold digging heirs to be crafty!
It seems that since last year the show’s set has upgraded along with people’s televisions sets. The Colbert Report is now in its second week taping on a new HD-friendly set. Stephen’s studio now sports digital panels and improved patriotic lighting. See for yourself:
Being so close caused students to take note of interesting details on Colbert’s set. Fourth year Hannah Chipman especially liked the framed photograph of Hugh Laurie on his shelf. I personally liked the Tom Clancy novels displayed under a “non-fiction” sign.
Watching the Colbert Report allowed us to see political parody in action. This genre has played a huge role in our generation’s perception of the news and, as we’ve learned in the classroom, it sometimes watchdogs serious sources. Today Colbert comically pointed out that Bank of America is advertising on the Huffington Post, the same blog urging readers to move their money out of big banks and into community banks.
Tomorrow ten more media studies majors will watch The Colbert Report live and on Thursday afternoon our entire group will have the opportunity to sit down with Stephen Colbert (the man, not the character). Tomorrow we will also be visiting Vanity Fair and Canoe Ventures. Make sure to check the blog for more updates as they come!