And he obviously intends to use his platform for good. I often think that he shows the courage and dignity of Baptism and Confirmation.
But I don’t know how he can stand to think so fast. You can sometimes see his wheels turning in the interviews, as he calculates degrees and angles of funniness. He served a long apprenticeship, and it shows.
You’ve got to love the way this fellow has parlayed his seriousness, nerdiness, and obviously intellectual bent into a financially successful career in front of the camera. What a role model for Commonweal bloggers!
And, in case you didn’t know, he can sing and dance! (The first one is my favorite.)
To Greg — We can learn from Colbert and Allen the necessity of keeping open minds and (the hardest part) giving credit where credit is due.
A friend of mine calls himself “a radical centrist”, with “radical” meaning “seeking the roots of problems”. Such people look both right and left and usually get shot at from both sides. I think Colbert is a radical centrist, but his kindness and hilarity at the nonsense of being human make him exceptional. He’s something of a Chesterton. No wonder his influence grows.
Does anyone think he’s tooooooo cute?
It will be interesting to watch whether celebrity and fame go to his head and adversely affect his comedy. I enjoy his wonderful use of irony and that he always leaves me wondering if he has an edge to his humor. Unlike the obviously edgy humor of a Richard Pryor or a Chris Rock, Colbert seems to know how to march up to the precipice and then pull back, leaving one wondering if he really means what he says–e.g., when he addressed the audience in the Emmy awards clip provided by Kathy as “godless Sodomites” and when he described being in Hollywood as being “in the belly of the Beast.”
I was also impressed by his comment in the Parade Magazine article that he was “blessed” to have been the Colbert child at home with his mother during her time of grieving. It would have been easy (and understandable) for him to say how difficult that time period had been, but IMO there’s a laudatory other-centered quality to his use of the word “blessed.”
I liked this part: “Something burst that night, and I finally let go of the pretension of not wanting to be a fool.”
Margaret, fortunately one of his ears sticks out more than the other. It’s a redeeming quality…
Ignatius of Loyola said: “Laugh and grow strong.” And, naturally there is —Francis, the troubador and authentic apostle of God.
This probably belongs with Sex & Christianity but seems to fit better here. So! An Italian Mother:
Mrs. Ravioli comes to visit her
son, Anthony, for
…who lives with a female roommate Maria…
During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how pretty Anthony’s roommate was.
She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Anthony and the roommate than met the eye.
Reading his mom’s thoughts, Anthony volunteered,
“I know what you must be thinking,
but I assure you,
Maria and I are just roommates.”
About a week later, Maria came to Anthony saying,
“Ever since your mother came to dinner,
I’ve been unable to find the silver sugar bowl.
You don’t suppose she took it, do you?”
“Well, I doubt it, but I’ll email her, just to be sure.”
So he sat down and wrote:
I’m not saying that you ‘did’ take the sugar bowl from my house; I’m not saying that you ‘did not’ take it. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Several days later, Anthony received a response email from his Momma which read:
I’m not saying that you ‘do’ sleep with Maria, and I’m not saying that you ‘do not’ sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her own bed, she would have found the sugar bowl by now.