Stephen Colbert's "Better Know a District" segment has been back with a vengeance the past few weeks after a little bit of a hiatus. Last night's installment (embedded above), with openly black Wisconsin Congresswoman Gwen Moore, was an especially good one.
Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, announced she was throwing her hat into the ring for a congressional seat in South Carolina back in January. The special election was held yesterday, and Colbert-Busch, the Democratic nominee, lost to Republican Mark Sanford. Stephen Colbert broke character throughout the election cycle to campaign for and support his sister. "I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her, " he told CNN a couple months ago. "I'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself – not as my character, to help [...]
Ever since Rahm Emanuel warned Democrats not to appear on The Colbert Report's "Better Know a District," the segment has been popping up infrequently, only a few times a year. Last night was one of those "few times a year," as Pennsylvania's Matt Cartwright did the show, making him the first U.S. representative brave enough to take on Stephen Colbert in over half a year. The result is a non-embarrassing "Better Know a District for Cartwright, complete with a heartwarming ending in which he teaches Colbert how to ride a bike.
Stephen Colbert interviewed President Bill Clinton this weekend at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, and their 15-minute-ish conversation aired on The Colbert Report last night. While Colbert has talked to Barack Obama briefly via satellite, Clinton is the first U.S. president to sit down with him for a long interview. Given how well this went, he probably won't be the last. I imagine Colbert's phone is ringing off the hook with calls from both George Bushes right now.
Hit the jump to watch the rest of the Clinton/Colbert chat:
Comedy Central announced today that Stephen Colbert will be interviewing former President Bill Clinton on an episode of The Colbert Report next month. The interview will take place in St. Louis on Saturday, April 6th, at the 2013 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (or CGI U), an annual event Clinton holds to address political and social issues with 1,000 college students. Colbert's interview with Clinton, taped before said audience of 1,000 college students, will be included in a CGI U-centric episode of The Colbert Report during the week of April 8th. This is the second U.S. president Colbert has had on his show after Barack Obama. Said Colbert [...]
Saturday Night Live's resident Obama impressionist Jay Pharoah got to impersonate the President to his face this week. A source tells The NY Post that Pharoah performed the impression as a surprise at a fundraiser at movie producer Harvey Weinstein's house. "Steve Martin, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel did a skit pretending they worked at the White House, and started questioning if they were getting a directive from the real president," the source says. "Then Jay came in and imitated Obama right in front of him. The president was surprised, then started laughing." What's the point of even imitating a public figure if it's not in a comedy [...]
Longtime Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend and turned down the once-in-a-lifetie opportunity to get his picture taken with Sarah Palin. Mandvi tells Vulture:
Somebody asked me if I would like to get my picture taken with Sarah Palin. She was standing a few feet away. She couldn't hear me, but [this guy] was like, "Do you want to get your picture taken with Sarah?" And I was like, "You know, I don't. I really don't."
Veeps collided on Friday, when the real Vice President, Joe Biden, and the fake Vice President, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, met for lunch at the White House. Louis-Dreyfus, who plays VP Selina Meyer on HBO's Veep, surprised Biden by sitting down at his desk when she showed up for their pre-arranged lunch. "He thought he'd just ask my advice on some various briefs he had to deal with," Louis-Dreyfus said in an audio clip posted to the White House's website, "And I was happy to give him my advice which he paid no attention to whatsoever, which is why he's such a wise vice president."
Here's Stephen Colbert on last night's Colbert Report, setting the Supreme Court straight on the issue of marriage equality. If only the Supreme Court would let him testify before them like Congress did.
Here's a rare out-of-character appearance by Stephen Colbert as he introduces his sister Elizabeth Colbert Busch at a fundraiser for her South Carolina congressional campaign with a funny speech. I think he's only helping her out so he can butter her up to do a "Better Know a District" segment on The Colbert Report.
Conan O'Brien hosted the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend, and here's his entire 27-minute speech. It was O'Brien's second time hosting the event, following his first in 1995. Don't worry, fans of Conan's 1995 WHCA speech: this one has just as many George Stephanopoulos zingers.
Check out Barack Obama's comedic speech at the event below:
Former President Jimmy Carter went on The Daily Show last night for a long chat with Jon Stewart about terrifying health problems in underdeveloped countries and current events. Carter is the second US President to appear on Comedy Central this week, following Bill Clinton's interview with Stephen Colbert Monday night. Here's hoping Comedy Central keeps this presidential streak going by booking George W. Bush as a guest voice on Daniel Tosh's Brickleberry.
Here's The Daily Show's Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore talking about a recent push by Republicans to appeal to minority voters, and, in true Daily Show fashion, digging up some pretty appalling clips that he then makes fun of.
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