Sunday, September 28, 2008

Stewart & Colbert: New Yorker Fistbump, Take Two!

I loved July's infamous New Yorker cover in all its Swiftian, satirical glory. A few days after its publication, The Daily Show did a great bit called "Satire on the Street" mocking the backlash against the "controversial" illustration by Barry Blitt. But Entertainment Weekly does one better this week. Not only is the cover sublime, its corresponding chat with the simultaneously modest-yet-genius team of Stewart and Colbert is well worth reading if you're at all interested in the current (sad) state of affairs.

The entire Mock the Vote Q & A interview with both of Comedy Central's Emmy-winning funnymen (Colbert for Best Writing, Stewart for Best Late Night Overall) is online and includes the below excerpt, my favorite analogies from the entire piece.

E.W.: There are a lot of issues in this election. The biggest one right now is the economy.

STEWART: We were in this huge credit crisis, out of money. Then the Fed goes, We'll give you a trillion dollars, and all of a sudden Wall Street is like, ''I can't believe we got away with it!'' Can you imagine if someone said, ''I shouldn't have bought that sports car because it means I can't have my house,'' and the bank just said, ''All right, you can have your house. And you know what? Keep the car.'' [He throws up his arms joyfully and shouts] ''Yeaaaaah, I get to keep the car! Wait, do I have to give the money back?'' ''No, it doesn't matter.'' ''Yeah, I'm gonna get another car! I'm gonna do the same thing the same way, except twice as f---ed up!''
COLBERT: The idea that Lehman Brothers doesn't get any money and AIG does reminds me very much of ''Iran is a mortal enemy because they have not achieved a nuclear weapon. But North Korea is a country we can work with, because they have a nuclear weapon.'' The idea is, Get big or go home. How big can you f--- up? Can you f--- up so bad that you would ruin the world economy? If it's just 15,000 who are out of jobs, no. You have to actually be a global f---up to get any help.

2008 Emmys

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