12.05.2008

fripodding and colbert caroling

I've been ill these past few days. Today I'm suffering from having to speak in a low monotonic voice. Not really fun. I sound so... boring. Hey, people can get away with being monotone, Steven Wright anyone? Speaking of Stevens... or Stephen in this case... I've been iPodding this album for the past week to much hilarity. I wish I was able to catch the program for which the following album had spawned, but I think that's all part of marketing I suppose... "Go out and BUY IT" he tells me. Who? Stephen Colbert of course. I consider myself to be a citizen of the Colbert Nation. What a brilliantly funny fellow he is, indeed. And so I simply had to watch his Christmas special. (Buy the DVD at Amazon.com for a loved one (like me).)

Anyway, I recommend checking this out. It helps if you are already a fan of his comedy and catch on to his brand of humor. I'm sure a non-Colbert fan would get the jokes as well, but if one person begins to watch his show (comedy central Mon-Thurs @ 11:30 pm) then I have done him some justice so you can see for yourself. Check out the Daily Show too. My only conflict comes when I must decide between him and Leno. I probably shouldn't let Stephen here that, but it's the truth. But I NEED to see "Headlines" on Monday night... and the other nights? I try to be asleep by 11 if possible. It rarely happens. Or I'm knee-deep in a movie.

I digress. This hilarious special is filled with music from various guest stars including Elvis Costello, John Legend, Fiest, Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. As far as I know this album is only found on iTunes, but it's worth checking out. Some of my favorite songs come from John Legend (no surprise) singing about his favorite spice on his eggnog, "Nutmeg." Now when I first saw and heard this song, I was under the impression he was singing about how much he loves this stuff. But after listening to the words... heh... wow... I liked Feist's song too. Not too familiar with all her music even though she's fairly new. But the song "Please Be Patient" is a hit in my book. I have an obscure book, but still, a hit nonetheless. And Toby Keith is probably the only country singer you'd find on iSaac. His song "Have I Got a Present For You" is one that sets the record straight about his stance on Christmas. Elvis Costello I don't know too well either, but he's a little crazy. He's featured on 3 of the 9 tracks. And Willie Nelson is a "Little Dealer Boy." What could I possibly mean by that? What do you think it could mean? Again, if you haven't seen the special, get on that. His special and album have made their way into my Christmas canon.

Oh and by the way, if you've been watching the The Colbert Report, you know about "Operation: Humble Kanye" and it was recently a success. As I am a fan of Mr. West, I was happy to see Colbert's operation a success. Basically, Kanye's new album was #1 and Colbert was about #15. Kanye also said he was the voice of this generation, which Colbert disagreed with and decided to put the humble operation into play. Friendly competition never heard anyone, right? Well, maybe their ego. It's only $8 so get your holiday laughs and cheers on and have a good weekend.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Colbert RULES! I watched this special twice already. It's awesome!

My favorite parts were Toby Keith (I want to buy him a beer after his Christmas Protest song). And Willie Nelson singing about giving baby Jesus weed!

Let us not forget BEARS (Soul-less killing machines that they are!)


- Friar

t.sterling said...

Has it come on again already? I wanted to see it again so bad and I was told not to buy it because I think someone is getting it for me.

There are just so many great moments in that show that ever sentence would begin "Remember when...." What a genius.

screenwritingforhollywood said...

Sorry you have been ill. Sniffles seem to be going around. So far so clear for me. I saw some hilarious Colbert moments... wow.

Melissa Donovan said...

I caught a few episodes of The Colbert Report during the election and that guy is hilarious, just plain awesome. Jon Stewart's Daily Show rocks too, but I have to say, I adore Chelsea Handler - if for no other reason than she gave me the phrase "hot mess" as in "you're a hot mess!" Hahehee!

t.sterling said...

@screenwritingforhollywood - I've been a little better, but thank you. My mother doesn't seem to think so she's off buying me some honey and NyQuil (I love the stuff but ran out of moneys to get it myself). The honey is for the tea. Colbert is a new comedy hero of mine.

@Melissa - Is that a news pundit? The name sounds familir. "Hot mess" was something my sister said a lot, then I heard it on a hilarious SNL skit I should post on here just for fun.

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