The Colbert Report

Season 2 Episode 45

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Apr 04, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Rev. Jesse Jackson
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes Rev. Jesse Jackson!

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  • Now that racism is taken care of, Stephen interviews Rev. Jackson.

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from the marshlands to cosmetic surgery.

    Stephen starts off the show by mentioning the news that Tom DeLay has resigned from Congress. Stephen says he's upset about DeLay retiring, but he's doing it at the right time, during a criminal investigation. He then decides to retire DeLay's number. What's that number? 22, which stands for the 22nd district he used to represent.

    Moving on, Stephen says that we've saved the wetlands. We're up almost 200,000 acres, but it's because we're considering golf water hazards as being wetlands. This brings us to tonight's edition of "The Word," which is "birdie." Stephen goes on to say that the Bush Administration is helping with the expansion of the English language and that the conservationists have won, so why complain?

    Back from commercial, Stephen focuses on the people of Brazil. More and more Brazilians are willing to go under the knife to get cosmetic surgery. Stephen suggests that we need to increase our interest in getting more people involved in in cosmetic surgery. We should get them interested at a young age according to Stephen, which brings us to another edition of "Stephen Colbert's Balls For Kidz". Four young children ask questions to the camera and they're answered by a variety of plastic surgeons who are at a big convention, pushing their services. The surgeons are very frank and some of the terminology is clearly over the heads of the young children.

    Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Reverend Jesse Jackson. They talk about poverty, racism, Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, voting, and immigration, all of which have been in the news recently.

    I enjoyed all of tonight's episode except for the "Stephen Colbert's Balls For Kidz" segment, which was pretty weak in the comedy department. The rest of it was fairly good, although "The Word" was a little below par, but it was still a good show.moreless

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Stephen Colbert: America might be losing its marshlands... one less place to hide a body.

    • Stephen Colbert: My report on cosmetic surgery will raise your eyebrows and never come down.

    • Stephen Colbert (about interview with Jesse Jackson): I'll ask him what he's doing with his time now that racism is over.

    • Stephen: ...which brings us to tonight's Word: Birdie. The conservationistas say calling a golf course a wetland is dishonest, and that without golf courses, wetland acreage is actually down by half a million acres. (500,000 handicap) These are the same bark chewing fanatics who objected to names of President Bush's Clear Skies Act and the Healthy Forest Initiative. (Fewer trees=clearer skies) Well, these habitat huggers may say they're out to protect all living things, but what about the most vibrant organism of all. (Soledad O'Brien?) The English language. Our language is supposed to grow and develop (Word of the Year=Truthiness) but folks, the environmental vocabu-haters want it dead. They want our language fossilized. (Thesaurus Rex)

      Meanwhile the Bush administration is nurturing our language like a good parent. ("Is our children learning?") They are reinvigorating old words that sadly had fallen out of use, (Torture) and they're giving whole new meanings to words we thought we understood. (Uniter, divider, compassionate, conservative) The thing is, now, they're simply nurturing the word "wetland" the give it the freedom it needs to mean what they need it to. This way, wetlands may not be growing, but the idea of wetlands is, by counting any form of moist dirt. (Chia head) Face it, nature is nasty. (Nasty by nature) Who really cares about a bunch of swamps? (Swamp Thing?)

      But everyone wants a really nice golf course. If someone tried to take those away you can bet a lot of powerful people would really make a fuss. (Or their assistants would) Suddenly, corporations would be saving the wetlands. ("Welcome to Wal*Marsh") So environmentalist, can't you see? (Through that cloud of patchouli) You have won, all you have to do is redefine victory. (As tragedy) Remember that, just remember that and try to forget all the little blue herons, yellow warblers, and snowy egrets. (Birdies)

      And that's the Word.

    • Stephen Colbert: Folks, I feel like a solar panel, and we are lighting a village!

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