A Bibliography of Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert (Character): Wikipedia

A document I used to fill in the gaps of my knowledge, though there are some very intriguing facts contained within it.

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The Colbert Report (Clips and Episodes)

A small library on all of the works of The Colbert Report. This show was incredibly lucrative to finding the core to my eminent person, I used this for the majority of the information I needed on his character.

The Colbert Super PAC: Wikipedia

A block of information, as Wikipedia articles normally are. Though essential for finding many specifics, number wise while looking into this portion of his life.

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[Art From: Todd Lockwood]

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear: Wikipedia

You may have noticed a common theme, but this Wikipedia article, is again just there to fill in the specifics that I don’t have from the show.

Now to summarize, it is quite obvious that the vast majority of my knowledge I used was from the show. But with an episode count totaling at 1,447, It’s obvious why there are only small gaps of info to fill in.

 

My Document of Learning- Eminent Edition

My Eminent Speech, painful as it was to create I enjoyed it. It was painful not because of the subject matter, in fact I really enjoyed watching Colbert Report episodes, it was painful because of the critic inside of me. I would constantly go back and rewrite paragraphs, I spent hours on the beginning and end by themselves. But in the end I quieted my inner critic and work through my speech and by the end of it I had probably erased and restarted no less than five times.

So here, below this post is one of those states of my speech. Featuring many grammatical errors, clunky sentences, and none of the highlighting for my actual performance. But it was document that shows my learning (see what I did there?).

Stephen Colbert- from the perspective of his glasses

          I am the lens that he sees the world from; I mean literally, I am his glasses.  The glasses that have sat on his face and have been the lenses of which he perceives from, for *pause* close to twenty minutes now, since when his makeup staff put me on him. Which though is kind of “not long” per say, it’s long enough for me to understand *pause* that this man, is really nervous. He’s nervous not because this is his first time walking on this stage, he’s nervous because it’s his last time on The Colbert Report.

Last times can be nerve wracking for anyone; they’re a culmination of all that you’ve done and when “all that you’ve done” includes work important enough to receive notoriety that he is the best at what he does the pressure can be worse than nerve wracking. I can tell you it’s worse not from just the memories I get that help him perceive the world, but also from the way he stares through my glass lenses in fear of the stage that he’ll screw up.  But I then notice how he changes his glare to one not of fear but of determination, because today is not a day to mess about, today is a day for triumph! Because who else can you tell of, is important enough to receive no less than five species of animals named after him… That’s right folks a man honored by his peer as “one of the best at what he does” is award the honor of having a spider, a second specious of spider, a beetle, a fly, and a wasp named after him. But in all seriousness he has accomplished something much more important than the naming of insect species, he has influenced politics like no other comic of the twenty first century.

I can tell you he sees himself as influent, because when he looks through me and stares at the audiences on the walk across the stage. He sees them cheering, shouting his name and he remembers and I learn why he is important. He remembers that he was the one that explained, as satirically as possible; why you should vote Conservative and that many corporate owners are the real victim. He remembers that his particular brand of comedy is what inspires and entertains people to look from a different perspective, to change your point of view, to understand one and other. *pause*

We finish our walk and take a seat on the Colbert Report set, made up of Star – Spangled Banner on top of American flag, surrounded by important items like Stephen’s Captain America Shield and his second, third, and fourth American flag; I think they make him fell “at home”. Well at least the character he’s constructed. Because the character he’s made is one part “well-intentioned, poorly informed high-status idiot” and a second part “self-important right-wing commentator”, which clash to create… a relevant and entertaining news show, What, that can’t be true. But it is, with careful consideration on the satire he uses for news, Stephen’s has made a character he’s pushed to accomplish his greatest feats of influence. Influent enough to push to create a rally along with Jon Stewert’s to criticize the role press plays in political debate’s, which actually worked! With close to two-hundred and fifteen thousand people who attended.

But the much more important creation stemming from his character was the “Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow”, better known as the “Colbert Super PAC”. This Super PAC was created in parody of another super PAC at the time, but ended up increasing to a level beyond the original and after asking for donations from those who watched the show or otherwise wanted to support it they received OVER ONE MILLION DOLLAR’S worth of donations. They used to assist Stephen’s run for “The President of the United States of… South Carolina” though running for state office forced him to leave his super PAC, he quickly become a “volunteer” for it. But in doing so the PAC’s name changed to that of “The Definitely Not Coordinating with Stephen Colbert Super PAC”. Once his election and one commercial, made seemingly made just to spite Mitt Romney, came to an end so did the super PAC. And when it finally shut down Stephen, along with the rest of the organization, had the rest of the PAC, totaling at eight hundred thousand dollars, donated to charity.

To summarize, before the show comes to an end, Stephen Colbert is man who convinces others to see from his perspective, my perspective, as to achieve goals beyond one mans, and to spread opinions that should be known by many.  And now as the show, finally comes to a close, and I approach almost an hour of sitting atop Stephen Colbert’s face! The episode doesn’t only come to a close but so does the show in its entirety, as well as the character of Stephen Colbert. This makes Stephen a rare kind of man, one who gets to attend his own funeral.

Lacking a Interview

I’ll be honest, I failed to get an interview, but it’s not due to a lack of trying. To be honest, (again) I sent out dozen of emails, and they all shared one quality they aimed to high. I sent E-mail to Stephen Colbert himself, to famous American Politicians (and not so famous ones), other famous comics… you get my point. So now I have no interview, but I do have… regret.

I have regret for things outside of my control but more so I regret for, as mentioned, aiming to high. I have much to say about this as not having an interview has irritated me, to say the least, since I began my speech. It’s mostly irritated me because I was never even close to getting one, it was always “not at this time” or no reply at all. I realize now that was likely due to me, messaging some very busy people, and I realize that. But at the time I was racking my brain to figure out why all these people are so busy!

I now (obviously) realize the reason I had no interview, beyond their apparent business, was me shooting for the stars. Because when you aim for the stars you kinda expect to fall. I grew blind to this, so thinking back on it, it is not surprising I failed. I should have aimed for people easier to come into contact, lower on the totem pole you could say. So in the end I failed, but I can learn from it.

My Centre of Learning

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Stephen’s Memorial

When Night of the Notables came about I created something that represented a lot more than just a moment, it represented an idea. The idea of the death of the medium, Stephen Colbert used to inspire and display his opinion. To display this I used, as you can see above, a memorial stone. Which depicts the death of Stephen Colbert (the character, not the person) at the the hands of his own comments.

With his death that I proposed I then began to go on large discussion about what “Stephen” did during his existence. So I talk on how he was used to display corruption or exploitation of politics, or how he was used to create large events (ei. The Colbert Super PAC) to donate to charity. But what I always made sure I spoke on, was how he was used so the actual Stephen Colbert could bring forth problems in his country without outrage. This was important because without the comedy from the character, politicians and talk shows were attacked if they so much as mentioned anything being wrong with America/Americans. An example being during  one of Obama’s recent speeches he made a small comment, which then he then had to apologize profusely  for.  So in the end these the discussions always led to the same idea, it was tragic to see this foolish, right-wing, narcissist die.

In conclusion, by the end of the night and many discussions, these topics not only gave the people who came to my location, but myself as well, many things to think about.

 

Lost in City of Knowledge

It  was a bright morning as we drove into Vancouver, it felt as if you could feel the anticipation emanating from the talons students. For today was the much hyped Vancouver Public Library trip,  where  we would dive forth and adventure through books stacked like skyscrapers, varying in size and shape, the piles were so expansive it felt like you were lost as soon as you wandered in.

But before I could get lost in the city of knowledge that was the library, I as well as many others took just moment of our to appreciate the exterior of building. It was obvious that many were captured by the building as soon as we began to just look at it, because with of all its twists and curves, it felt like it wanted to pull you in. We would soon get pulled in, but before that could happen we were quickly split into two groups one who would go to the library and another that would enjoy a small bookstore by the name of MacLeod’s Books.

Sadly I was not part of the group that went into the city of books, though I along with some of my other colleagues instead got to enjoy the quaintness of a small used book store going seemingly unnoticed.  If the library was a city, MacLeod’s Books seemed much more like a comforting small town, because even though it contained only old and torn books that made it seem more sincere. I searched as long as I was there but sadly I didn’t seem to find anything either pertaining to my eminent person or that I would enjoy owning (that I could afford).

After the hour we spent in the book store, we went back towards the library to  reunite with the other group and enjoy the small break lunch gave us. A break basically consisting of the consumption of many a bubble tea, sushi, and pizza which coincidentally were right beside each other making around 60 students confined into an area around 30 feet which led to an enjoyable lunch break.

Once lunch had come  to a close we broke off from the other group again and left to partake in the library. It was fantastic, it felt exactly like expected, it felt like I was lost in  city of books.  But sadly while I was lost in the city of books I found nothing on my eminent person, all I could find was were his book would’ve been if it wasn’t taken out. As I found that out I realized I might as well help out others, so I spent the rest of the time I spent it with Jackson in search of books on his eminent person.

As we used up the last of our time we reconvened with the other group and began to funnel ourselves onto the bus so we could return to Gleneagle. The ride back gave me a good opportunity to appreciate the trip in its whole from the quaint bookstore to the craziness of lunch to library its self, I would say after thinking it through it was an enjoyable trip.