Stephen Colbert has to have the biggest gonads of any man alive (excepting of course the Buddhist Monks in Myanmar).
The renaissance of American talk show comedians has been underway for a few years now. John Stewart, host of the Daily Show being the most famous and Bill Maher who carries the leftwing political un-correctness crown passed on by Bill Hicks. However my favourite is and will always remain Stephen Colbert. Yes he may not be funny all of the time (no comedian is), and he shouts alot (which his persona is supposed to), but his delightful irony, political satire, quick wit, and most importantly ginormous balls keep me coming back for more.
Who else gets invited to speak at the annual White House correspondents dinner (2006) and spends twenty minutes lampooning President Bush – in front of President Bush, his wife, and everybody else of political consequence in Washington. Now I might be a little belated in blogging about the political news story of 2006, but having just discovered it and how funny it was I couldn’t not pass it on.
One of many juicy quotes with Dubya sitting just to places to his right: “I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers, and rubble, and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.”
Rumour has it that Laura Bush told him “f#ck you” at the end, although that is probably a leftwing conspiracy theory spread by the liberal media. At least one Republican understands sarcasm.
For more links of American (and some British) political satire check out One Good Move. The archive section contains all of the videos that have appeared on the home page, and especially a comprehensive list of Bill Maher’s New Rules (use the find in your browser to locate each ‘New Rules’). Classic.