Friday, April 13, 2012
Colbert then somehow made a jilted and dysfunctional connection from Tim Tebow to Australia and their sacrilege on the “Superbowl of Christianity”. He proclaimed that Easter was under attack in Australia where they are replacing the Easter Bunny with the Easter Billy. Next, he suggests that they will be using platypuses as egg hatchers.
The conversation then turns abruptly to politics, the 2012 elections and more specifically Mitt Romney. Colbert describes the Republican primaries as being expensive, vindictive and predictable and yet expresses sarcastic pleasure at Romney’s victory. In fact, all that Romney needs is a right hand man to help him connect with pretty much everyone and according to Colbert Steve King is just that man.
The next five minutes are spent making a plethora of well-planned gay and stupidity jokes in which Colbert covers King’s view on discrimination of gays in the workplace as well as his blanket view on Obama-care.
After his political excerpt Colbert dedicates a section to his utter depression when discovering people who can do things better than he can.
This section was called Stephen Colbert’s Spiral of Shame. In this week the Spiral focused on Johanna, an 86 year old German gymnast who did an impressive balancing beam performance at the World Cup. She did flips, splits and balanced her weight on one hand with relative ease. Stephen countered this shocking display with a humongous tub of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and an expression of utter dismay. He was forced to “eat away his hurt”.
His mood was further lightened with the arrival of his guest, Bob Lutz who was the former vice president of General Motors (GM). The two discussed the state of GM at its lowest and the adjustments that the company had to make after receiving government loans.
Astonishingly it is revealed that Lutz is a republican and Colbert delves into his political beliefs. European snootiness, American superiority and the inconsistent reviews that the new Volt has been receiving are all topics of interest between the two. However, the icing on the cake comes at the end when Colbert asks Lutz just how old he is. Lutz replies with a proud 80 years of age followed by Colbert asking him if he could possibly do what the earlier focal point, Johanna, could do on the beams. Lutz sadly replies no but quickly retorts that he does do 40 push-ups every morning.
The two men then de-robe (take off their suit jackets) and hit the floor. To everyone’s surprise, or not, Lutz begins first and finishes last. Colbert ends the show a good sport and the two men hug it out.
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