The Colbert Report

Season 1 Episode 10

Ken Burns

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Nov 01, 2005 on Comedy Central
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Ken Burns
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes filmmaker & author, Ken Burns!

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  • Ken Burns makes a documentary of The Colbert Report.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from Prince Charles to Ben Burns.

    Stephen starts off by talking about Ken Burns and how he dissed the South (Stephen is from South Carolina).

    Stephen quickly transitions into tonight's "The Word", which is "Camilla-Mania". Camilla and Prince Charles has come to the United States, their first trip here since they married.

    After "The Word," Stephen moved onto a segment where he had Tad, the building manager walk them through a building evacuation drill, per Stephen's manual.

    Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Ken Burns. During the interview, they discussed how email will make it tougher to make documentaries in the future. Stephen also quizzed Ken Burns about the civil war. They then showed a funny little black and white documentary on that episode.

    Returning from commercial, Stephen introduces a new segment, "Formidable Opponent" where Stephen debated Stephen on whether or not charities are all good.

    The evacuation bit was a bit boring, but when Tad broke the other guy's neck, I laughed, as did the audience, but the rest of it wasn't interesting. The little documentary Ken Burns and those guys put together was pretty silly.moreless

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    • Stephen: That's why tonight's Word is: Camilla-Mania. She's here, she's finally here. After building us up to a fever pitch of anticipation, Camilla Parker-Bowles has arrived. Prince Charles and the charming and graceful Duchess of Cornwall have come to bestow their compelling presence on their would be subjects. After all the heavy issues in the news lately, (Iraq, Rove, Miers, Delay, Frist, Alito, Libby, Katrina) this is exactly what American needs. A return to pageantry and glamour, (Glamour with a "U") and 'Milla is bringing the goods. Fifty outfits, a staff of forty to make sure she looks radiant, (No worries there) and enough sparkling diamonds to blind us to our many problems. (Scooter Libby who?) In return, America has embraced Camilla like no other royal in history. (Except Queen Latifah) You can't blame us, this is the fairytale romance of the century. (Move over Brangelina) Girl meets boy, girl looses boy, boy marries other girl, girl becomes boy's mistress, other girl dies tragically and they all live happily ever after.

      Listen, I'm not usually into royalty. (Royalties yes, royalty no) We fought a revolution so we wouldn't have to wear powdered wigs and pay their tea taxes. (Starbucks coffee $4 instead) But Camilla is different, I'm gonna meet her at a party at the Museum of Modern Art after the show tonight. (28 minutes and counting) One of only 300 exclusively invited guests and boy do I have butterflies. (Monarch butterflies) Just think, an audience with a Prince, just like in the days of King Arthur. Charles going to be king someday and Camilla will be his Merlin! Oh my God! I'm gonna meet a wizard! What am I going to wear!? What am I gonna say to her in the receiving line!? What if she asks me to dance!? Oh my God I'm meeting Camilla Parker-Bowles! (Settle down) You're right Bullet Point, thanks.

      It's just that America is very exited, and you know what, you need to remember something Charles Phillip Arthur George, (Actual title) Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrock (His driver's license is huge) Baron Renfrew, Lord of the Isles and Great Steward of Scotland, she's not just your wife, she's America's Duchess. Treat her right. And paparazzi, you're on notice, let's take better care of this one.

      And that's the Word.

    • Stephen Colbert: Is that truth in my pocket or am I just happy to see you?

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