No one goes from the sublime to the ridiculous quite as quickly or gleefully as Stephen Colbert, and last night we saw a great example of that. After last week’s moving tribute to his writers, this week he’s accusing them of murder and telling the world what he claims Catholics have always known but just didn’t tell.
So, without further ado, parts one and two of yet another case of “Muuuurrrrderrr.”
You have to know your audience when you’re setting up a metaphor. On Monday’s show, Stephen was talking to the governor of South Carolina about the confederate flag that flies outside the statehouse and whether it represents slavery.
The governor said, “It’s like the crucifix. It doesn’t have Jesus on it, but for alot of folks….” and Stephen jumped in with, “Mine does.” And the governor said, “It does?!!” Stephen laughed and said, “I’m a Catholic. Biggest difference. Except for the pope. And that Protestants are heretics.”
(Now technically the governor’s metaphor was off on the wrong foot anyway, because without the corpus it’s a cross, not a crucifix.)
Because of the ongoing WGA strike, I’m not going to link to the clip, but I believe it’s up at Comedy Central. This was the first bit in the new shows that tempted me. And judging by the site stats from earlier today, other people caught it as well.