Aug 08 2013

When he’s on, he’s on

I confess — I sometimes find Stephen Colbert’s schtick wearing. But other times…whoa, this is beautiful. He got stood up by a musical guest, Daft Punk, so he complains about it bitterly and hilariously.

Ooops, stuffed it below the fold because the stupid videos are on autoplay. Why do people configure their videos that way? Are they just incompetent?

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But then, he bounces back joyously. Hey, he’s a good dancer!

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  1. 1
    Anthony K

    No autoplay up here in Canada. You sure you posted the video correctly?

  2. 2
    Gregory in Seattle

    No autoplay in my browser either: I have IE 10. No autoplay on Firefox 22.0, either. It might be a browser version issue, not a configuration one.

    In any case, yes: even more brilliant than usual.

  3. 3

    Had the autoplay issue with embedded Daily Show clips at Friendly Atheist, where I discovered the FlashControl extension for Chrome. Boom, no more autoplay videos anywhere. Flash content comes up as a grey box with the flash logo in the center, if I want to load and run the flash, I just click it. And I can whitelist sites like YouTube where everything is Flash. The best part? I no longer use AdBlock Plus, since I mainly used it to stop video ads autoplaying. Now I’m not hurting the meager revenue streams of my favorite sites as much.

  4. 4

    Geo-blocked!! For shame!!
    At least the geo-block message is funny.

    “Sorry but this video is unavailable from your location.
    It is one of the detriments if living under a monarchy.
    But in case you can’t give up your Vegemite and move to America you can watch clips from the Colbert Report at thecomedychannel.com.au”

    And what do you know. There it is.

  5. 5

    @1 – Mano Singham regularly links Daily Show and Colbert clips. Here is information to view outside US –

    To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report outside the US, please see this earlier post. http://freethoughtblogs.com/singham/2012/01/25/watching-the-daily-show-and-the-colbert-report-clips-in-other-countries/

  6. 6
    Francisco Bacopa

    Hours of paperwork and planning must have gone into that second segment.

  7. 7

    That. Was. Amazing. Do not fuck with Colbert.

    If it really went down like he described, I can’t imagine the pile of exhausted crew and interns putting all of that together in 24 hours or so that was left in its wake.

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    Francisco – if I’m not mistaken, most of the shows were owned by the same company, so they may have been able to get one blanket set of permissions and do a quick callout to all of the shows taping that day to see who was game for a few minutes of filming. I don’t know how the Colbert people managed to fit it all in along with producing the rest of their own show, though.

  9. 9

    Thankyou ProxMate. That was amazing and us Aussies should never have to miss out on stuff like that :P

    Anyone manage to get a list of all the random guests?

  10. 10

    Is there anyway to upload a .jpg to comments? I’d love to show the geo-blocked image we get here in France, it’s really funny.

  11. 11

    I happened to catch a few minutes of Jimmy Fallon’s late night show last week, and within that few minutes, Stephen Colbert came out of the wings and danced with him. It just seemed like silly randomness at the time but obviously was part of a larger ‘crossover’ scheme. At any rate, it wasn’t all taped on the same day as Colbert’s ‘Daft Punk’d’ show aired (this past Tuesday night). Still made me giggle, tho :)

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    jenniferphillips – I like Jimmy Fallon so much, from what I’ve seen. He seems to have a very kind sense of humor compared to most other comedians, and the attitude of being thrilled with how his life’s turned out rather than cynical about everything.

  14. 14

    I’m in the kingdom of Denmark. Still I miss the geoblock message.

  15. 15

    When Colbert debuted seven years ago (yikes!), I remember predicting it would get old fast. Mainly because how much milage could he milk out of mocking Bill O’Reilly and Fox News?

    Christ, was I wrong.

    I’m sure one day I’ll get sick of Colbert, but it won’t be any time soon. Hell, just the fact that I still know conservatives who love the show but don’t get the joke is worth it.

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    Hugh Laurie
    Jon Stewart
    Jimmy Fallon
    Jeff Bridges
    Ashton Kutcher
    Matt Damon
    Charlie Rose
    Brian Cranston
    Breaking Bad cast
    Henry Kissinger
    AGT cast

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  18. 18

    No geoblock here; this looked like so much fun!
    Even doing it last minute. Awesome!

  19. 19

    Hmm, Comedy Central and MTV are both owned by Viacom. I think I smell a cross-promotional rat here.

  20. 20
    Julien Rousseau

    just the fact that I still know conservatives who love the show but don’t get the joke is worth it.

    So you’re saying they’re low information viewers ;)

  21. 21

    Try Google URL shortener at the following link.


  22. 22
    Nick Gotts

    #21: colnago80 is the genocidal racist banned here under the nym slc1.

  23. 23
    Thomathy, Such A 'Mo

    But then he has Robin Thicke on, singing that rapey song.

    Is that good?

    I’m not sure that’s good.

  24. 24
    Thomathy, Such A 'Mo

    For Canada:

    Sorry, but this video is unavailable from your location, probably due to your overly polite attitudes.

  25. 25

    But then he has Robin Thicke on, singing that rapey song.

    What, “Get You Alone”? That’s an old song. Or does he have several?

  26. 26

    A less well produced (and less secular) dance:

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    As an Australian using Chrome, I recommend the extension Media Hint, available for free from the web store.

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    They’re not on autoplay over here (UK)

    Colbert videos are unavailable …

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