The Colbert Report

Season 2 Episode 25

Brett O'Donnell

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Feb 28, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Brett O'Donnell
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes the director of debate at King's College, Brett O'Donnell!

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  • Stephen discussions religion, rebates, and Mardis Gras.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from Mardi Gras to President Bush's poll rating.

    Stephen starts off the show by wishing everyone a fun time at Mardi Gras and then moves on to another edition of "Who's Attacking Me Now?" It seems a MarketWatch editor, John Freidman, took a shot at Stephen, so Stephen retaliates by showing off his Emmys and Peabodys. He then turns to Anderson Cooper, of CNN, who was being asked about showing emotion on TV, something people liked about him. Stephen comes away thinking Anderson Cooper was taking a shot at him, but there was no clear proof of this, of course.

    Stephen then moves on to Mardi Gras and tonight's edition of "The Word," which is "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!" Stephen says it's great to see New Orleans back up and running again, but it seems he more interested in the women who flash their breasts. Stephen manages to compare the city to Iraq and suggests to start Iraqi Gras, which will hopefully raise spirits a bit and create a few jobs.

    Back from commercial, Stephen introduces another edition of "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger." First on the list is numbers, which get a wag of the finger. Since President Bush's ratings are low, Stephen's decided numbers don't indicate anything important. Next, the Scottish press get a wag of the finger for releasing a report on President Bush's biking accident. Stephen even does a ridiculous Scottish accent for this bit. Wheeled transportation gets a bonus wag of the finger, causing Stephen to suggest everyone, especially the president, ride around in hot air balloons. H&R Block is next on this list with a Tip of the Hat. It seems they under-reported their own income tax to the IRS. Stephen concludes the segment by giving Pope Gregory XIII a wag of the finger for his establishing the calendar. Stephen's always had a problem with the idea of February being 28 days long instead of 30.

    Back from commercial, we're greeted with a congratulatory message from Donald Faison for Stephen and Black History Month. Stephen then welcomes tonight's guest Brett O'Donnell. Since Mr. O'Donnell is the director of debate at a college, they discuss debates. They also discuss religion and religious debates.

    Tonight's episode was above and beyond the typical quality of the show, which I admit is difficult to do. My favorite segments were "The Word" and "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger". The Mardis Gras theme for "The Word" was hilarious, particularly when the photos of the flashing women showed up. Also, Stephen's outrageous Scottish impression was just great... what can I say?!moreless

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    • Stephen: ...which brings us to tonight's Word: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! Which I believe translates as (Let the good times roll!) Show us your tits! Through the sheer power of alcohol and bare breasts the Deep South has risen again. ("Gone with the Wind" gone wild) Now some people thought Mardi Gras in New Orleans wasn't appropriate this year, but it's more that just a party there, Mardi Gras is part of the economy. It's no different than re-opening a factory. (A puke factory) You know, it's great to see New Orleans up and running like a normal American city. Like Los Angles, Chicago or Washington, its public face is nice, brightly lit, filled with happy people spending money, and we rarely think of the other part that houses a permanent underclass which is trapped in a cycle of [picture of naked girl] Whoa ho! I could look at that again! Wish I had me some beads right now! You mademoiselle are la toulamond. I'm sorry, what was I talking about? (Permanent Underclass) Right, okay. Hurricane Katrina revealed the deep poverty that already existed in so many of our cities, poverty that for some reason we as a nation choose not [Another naked girl] Hey heeee! How you all are? That is one spice remulard right there yesiree I do declare. I'm sorry, where was I? (Deep poverty) Right, right, okay. Which is a terrible human tragedy, and tragedies are like facts, you gotta pretend they don't exist.

      Nowhere is this more needed than in Iraq. Like New Orleans, they've got a ruined infrastructure and rampant unemployment. Right now the only growth area is the insurgency. (A booming economy) You know what they need? (Electricity, water, highways, food, employment, a police force) Iraqi Gras. (Iraqi Gras) It's a great way to win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people. (And destroy their livers) Now certain adjustments will have to be made to Mardi Gras. For instance Muslims aren't supposed to consume alcohol, (Sure, but neither are freshmen) instead of drinking Hurricanes, they'll need to come up with their own name for a cocktail. (The Desert Storm?) And with any luck, next year young men in Baghdad will be tossing beads off beads of balconies and shouting laissez les bons temps rouler. Which I believe translates as: show us your nose! Iraqi Gras will make jobs, raise spirits, and most importantly, draw our attention away from the parts of Iraq we'd rather not think about. (All of it)

      And that's the Word.

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