"I didn't always remember everything we'd been talking about. I was forever thinking 'Oh shit–what was it I thought of a minute ago while this other person was talking?' Eventually, I developed a memory technique… of creating an outrageous image. Like if they were caught stealing an apple as a kid, but then they start talking about something else, you picture picking up an apple and throwing it in the face of, I don't know, Mitt Romney or some prominent person. And that sort of startling image will trigger 'apple' for you later on. But I wouldn't throw an apple at Romney. Or a vote."
- King of the Interview [...]
As Ed Helms tells the GQ Comedy Issue, Stephen Colbert has always been a bubbling font of comedic wisdom. Steven Tip #1: Give yourself over to the dark side. Explains Helms, "When I started on The Daily Show, I was so nervous that I asked him if he had any pointers. He said, 'You’re gonna be great. Oh, and don’t forget to hang your soul up in the closet and come back for it later.'"
Not that Colbert was only concerned with surrendering to the ravenous maw of show business. He also played some mean invisible brass. "Whenever we were backstage before a taping, Steve would do this [...]