Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stephen Colbert

This is a great profile of Stephen Colbert in the latest GQ magazine. In fact, it's one of the best celebrity profiles I've ever read. In-depth, soul-searching, and philosophical. I'm impressed by both Colbert's candor and writer Joel Lovell's insight.

I was at a party this past weekend and the subject of Colbert's upcoming show was a big topic of discussion. Can he reinvent himself? How will he do it? We're all rooting for him, but we're worried how he'll translate to the general public. As for that part of the equation, the following is his analysis of what his late night show will be...

“This show,” he said, meaning The Late Show, “is Chopped. Late-night shows are Chopped. Who are your guests tonight? Your guests tonight are veal tongue, coffee grounds, and gummy bears. There, make a show.… Make an appetizer that appeals to millions of people. That's what I like. How could you possibly do it? Oh, you bring in your own flavors. Your own house band is another flavor. You have your own flavor. The audience itself is a base dish, like a rice pilaf or something. And then together it's ‘Oh shit, that's an actual meal.’ And that's what every day is like at one of these shows. Something is one thing in the morning, and then by the end of the day it's a totally different thing. It's all process.”