Stephen Colbert: “The Daily Show” Interview with Kelly
Stephen Colbert is best known for his hilarious and satirical news show, “The Colbert Report.” However, he is also a comedian, actor, and author. Kelly said that she first met Stephen back in 2001, when she was a guest on “The Daily Show” and Stephen was filling in for Jon Stewart. Stephen recalled that she was “massively pregnant.” Kelly said there was a snow storm, but she had to wear flip flops because her feet were so swollen that she could not fit into real shoes.
Stephen thanked Kelly for being so nice to him, because he remembered being so nervous. It was one of the first times he had ever filled in for Jon Stewart, before he had his own show. Kelly disagreed; she remembered thinking that Stephen was so funny and charming. She herself was just about to start co-hosting “Live.” Look at both of them now!
Stephen Colbert: A.A. Milne’s “The Ugly Duckling”
Another commonality between Kelly and Stephen is that they both starred as kids in the play “The Ugly Duckling.” The play was written in 1941 by A.A. Milne, the English author best known for creating the beloved series Winnie the Pooh.
In the play, Kelly played the Princess, and Stephen played the Princess’s father (at different schools, of course). Kelly said her high school drama teacher forced her into the play. Stephen said that appearing in the play was a turning point for him, because he realized that he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment.
He was not a very good student, but for the play, he loved working hard at learning his lines. Kelly pointed out what a great story that is, because if there are kids at home listening who feel the same way about school, it may help to give them a nudge towards the right direction.
Stephen Colbert: “I Am a Pole (and So Can You!)” Review
Stephen’s latest book is called I Am a Pole (and So Can You!). It is a children’s book about a pole searching for his identity, but of course has a slight Stephen Colbert comedy twist. Stephen called it “a story of self-discovery.”
The pole tries to be many different types of poles, but finds that nothing works: he tries becoming a barber pole, a ski pole, and even a stripper pole. He eventually gives up on being a stripper pole, because he “couldn’t stand the grind.” Stephens said that when his 16-year-old daughter read that section, she rolled her eyes and asked, “why did you have to put that in?” The not-so-child appropriate children’s book is in stores now, and watch “The Colbert Report” weeknights at 11:30 p.m.