The Colbert Report

Season 2 Episode 4

Ken Miller

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Jan 12, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Ken Miller
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes Professor of Biology at Brown University, Ken Miller!

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  • Stephen discusses evolution with Ken Miller.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from Miss America to Ken Miller.

    Stephen starts off the show by congratulating Jon Stewart for being named the host of this year's Oscars. Stephen says they should have used CGI to bring back Bob Hope to host the show.

    He then moves on to Miss America. It seems they're getting rid of some of the traditional segments, including casual wear. This brings us to tonight's edition of "The Word," which is "Double-Stick Tape." Somehow this segment goes from talking about pageantry to Judge Alito and the U.S. acting like an empire.

    Back from commercial, Stephen introduces another edition of "Better Know A District," which takes us to the ninth district of New Jersey. Stephen gives a quick look at the district and then takes us there to interview Congressman Steve Rothman. They talk about the district and Mr. Rothman's personal life, as he's single.

    Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Ken Miller. Stephen asks Mr. Miller to give him a 30 second run-down of the concept of evolution.

    Back from commercial, Stephen ends the show by mentioning the problem with the "truthiness" subject again. Stephen has taken it upon himself to call the "source" of the word and get him to apologize.

    This was another average episode. I don't know what happened this week, but it didn't seem to have the same polish the previous weeks did. I did enjoy the interview with Ken Miller, who presented himself as a very intelligent man and when discussing evolution.moreless

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    • Stephen: …which brings us to tonight's Word: Double Stick Tape. It is the magic substance that makes a spandex bathing suit stick to a ripe young butt cheek. (Thump it and listen) Plus, double stick tape allows the suit to be cut dramatically higher, thus visually extending the leg. (And vertical stripes slenderize) And that's just one of the lessons we can learn from the Miss America Pageant. Here's another: nothing sells like great gams. Give you a perfect example. Yesterday I was watching the Alito hearings and I almost nodded off listening to Lindsey Graham. Take a look at this, there he is just yammering on, can't quite follow, until this: [Video: woman in skirt sits down] Hatcha! Suddenly he had my attention. Can't remember a damn thing he said but still… All it took was that little touch of pageant. American, this is what we're missing, we've got plenty of razzle, but somewhere along the way we lost our dazzle. (Where have you gone Joe Didazzilo?) I'll tell you what, when Alito gets confirmed, (When not If) don't just swear him in, don't do that, let's throw him a pageant.

      I gotta tell you, some pageantry could help Iraq too. People love military parades, they're a great show. (They're like Starlight Express with guns!) Look at North Korea, Kim Jong Il may not have allies, but what does he have? (Famines?) Zazz! But military parades are for empires you're saying, exactly. No more fake humility about this America, let's embrace our military and cultural imperialism. (The sun never sets on Coca Cola) Because, what are we waiting for, a horse in the Senate? (Besides Brownback) Because guess what? Once you're an empire you can do whatever you want. There's no more "This is against international law" or "That's torture" because of course it is. When you're an empire that's cool. As soon as we call ourselves an empire, just like the Miss America contestants, we'll be barely covering our butts.

      And that's the Word.

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