Chased out of hiding!

Hello, apparently there are people out there! I’ve had a couple lovely conversations with people about Stephen and Catholicism in the past few weeks. The most recent found its way, in part, to The Huffington Post via Religion News Service.

I’m looking into sprucing things up here and restoring my long-lost and much-loved linkage to the video clips.

In the meantime, have a look around if you’re new to the site.

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Pardon the Dust

Hello folks! It’s been a while. I’ve spent a good bit of the past few months trying to give Job a run for his money. As a result, the site is going through some reconstruction. I’ve moved it back to WordPress.com. Regrettably, that move means sacrificing the lovely embedded flash videos and settling for some snazzy links back to ColbertNation.com. Comedy Central has done a remarkable job of putting the full show archive online. I’ll go in and sweep up the debris bit by bit.

In the meantime, Stephen is over in Iraq this week, raising awareness of the war and support for the troops in his own inimitable way. There was a lovely line amongst the press coverage of the trip, highlighting once more the delicious ambiguity of Stephen and “Stephen”:

“Sometimes my character and I agree,” Colbert said in an interview at his Manhattan office before leaving for Baghdad. “My character and I both know the Apostles’ Creed and my character and I both think it’s a shame that we’re not talking about the troops anymore.”

The Catholic references both on the show and in articles here and there in the press have become almost commonplace. Although any mention still generates a goodly number of Google hits as people say, “Srsly?” It’s good when they can land here and look around a bit.

Catholic Colbert’s 15 minutes of fame

In which the humble custodian of this blog submits to photography and reveals her day job.

My local paper interviewed me about the blog and there’s a very nice article here. I even bought a hard copy of the paper, which I haven’t done in ages.

Happy Holy Week, everyone! Here’s hoping that someone out there is attacking Easter and catching Stephen’s attention.

While we’re waiting….

I found this on the United Hollywood blog. I couldn’t resist sharing it here. It just tickled my fancy on a Friday, especially since Scripture commentary is what I do when I write.

This Guy Gets It, Why Can’t the AMPTP*?

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On Wednesday this man was holding his own, rather loud, protest. Then, he stopped shouting and asked what we picketers were protesting about. After hearing about the strike, he started a new chant: “Moses was a writer! Moses was a writer!”

Everybody’s Talkin’ About Stephen

…and some of them are even mentioning Catholic Colbert! A big thank-you to Rocco for another great link.

Nathaniel Peters has a wonderful article at the First Things blog, On the Square. I especially liked this bit:

Meanwhile, Colbert’s new book, I Am America (And So Can You!), reached number one on the New York Times bestseller list. It contains heaps of wisdom on topics that range from parenting (make arbitrary rules and pick a favorite child) to Protestant–Catholic relations: “I’m sure the pope would put on a polo shirt and boat shoes, if that would make you feel more comfortable.”

It reminds me that I need to bring you some more lovely excerpts from the book, since we in the Colbertosphere aren’t supporting the online media clips during the WGA strike. Watch this space.

Stephen’s attempts at healing the nation seem to be bearing some fruit when Commonweal and First Things can find some common ground.

And I leave you with this from the AP coverage of Stephen’s crushing disappointment at the hands of the South Carolina Democratic committee:

“I want to say to my supporters, this is not over,” Colbert said. “While I may accept the decision of the Council, the fight goes on! The dream endures! … And I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping.”

Which is a shame, because few people weep on air as well as Stephen!

A Sunday School Story

Well, folks, in case you missed the news, Stephen has been snubbed by South Carolina’s Democratic party. They may have a point, but not much of a sense of humor. And it looks like the Writer’s Guild strike is set for Monday, which means re-runs next week. Just when I was wondering whether this would be a good time to do some site maintenance, friend-of-the-blog Truth tipped me off to a gem of a story. Site maintenance can wait.

Special thanks to Erin Ptah for letting me repost this from her 10/31/07 taping reporT.

During the Q&A before the show, as a follow-up to a question about his candidacy, someone asked, “What would be your first executive order?” Stephen’s response: “Uh … be kind to each other?”

And here’s the rest from Erin:

And then he told a story.

He didn’t teach Sunday school last year, because he was too busy with the show; but he substituted, and he was subbing on the last day before summer vacation — when the kids didn’t really want to learn anything. And Pope Benedict had just been elected, so they decided to hold a mini papal election.

He and his daughter made a paper-maché miter, with a glitter cross, and then he “very seriously” locked the door, put the key in his pocket, and told the kids, “Okay, nobody leaves here until we elect a Pope.”

They started by making a list of qualities that you should have to be a Pope: ‘knows the Bible’, ‘good person’, etcetera. “And nobody said ‘must be a man’, which made me happy.” Then it came time to vote, but one kid said “Hey, I’m gonna vote for me,” and another said, “I’m gonna vote for me!”, and it looked like trouble.

(Stephen digressed at this point to speculate that all the cardinals probably do this on the first round. “Hey, might as well, who knows, there could be a groundswell…”)

Daughter to the rescue: “Dad, make everyone vote twice.” That way they would all vote for themselves and someone else. The winner was a kid named Gregory (and his daughter had predicted “It’s gonna be Gregory, because he always knows all the answers in class.” Stephen’s daughter sounds like such a cool kid).

So they brought Gregory up to the front, put the miter on his head and the cloth over his shoulder, and said, “Now that you’re the Pope, you need to pick a name; what name are you going to have?”

And the kid goes, “Urban III.” (“He really knows his stuff!”)

What will be his first papal injunction? Gregory holds up his hands (here Stephen holds up his own for a moment, to demonstrate, and then brings the mic back to his mouth), and says, “Be kind to each other.”

At which Stephen went, “All right, that’s it, we’re done, everybody go home!”

Candidate Colbert’s hidden agenda

Characteristically, Stephen has discovered a way to turn his absurdity (and celebrity) to a good cause. Now that he’s running for president in South Carolina, he’s promoting an educational funding organization called Donors Choose. The organization is running a straw poll for presidential candidates, including Stephen Colbert. A donation of at least $10 will get you a vote for Stephen—and help a classroom.

Here’s the clip from his interview with Craig Newmark of Craig’s List if you missed it last week: