The Colbert Report

Season 2 Episode 43

Robert Greenwald

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Mar 30, 2006 on Comedy Central
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Robert Greenwald
TONIGHT: Stephen Colbert welcomes the producer of Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, and most recently, The Big Buy: How Tom Delay Stole Congress, Robert Greenwald!

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  • Very well written!

    The show opens with a teaser of content from the show, which involves everything from sex and profanity to tonight's guest, Robert Greenwald.

    Stephen starts off the show by announcing journalist Jill Carrol has been freed from terrorists. Since she's missed a lot, Stephen catches her up on it all, but he keeps it primarily around the NCAA basketball tournament, American Idol, Jack Abramoff was sentenced, and Jon Stewart did well at the Oscars. Oh, forgot one more, the Vice President shot a guy in the face, welcome back!

    Moving on, Stephen talks about Women's History Month, which is March, so what better way to pay tribute to it by mentioning it on the last show for the month?! Since he's a little short on time and is unable to profile every woman, Stephen's decided to profile just one woman, who encapsulates them all. Who is this special woman, you ask? Why it's CNN's anchor, Soledad O'Brien, of course, a subject of much of Stephen's affection. Stephen talks primarily of the fact that Soledad is multiracial, although he doesn't seem to talk about anything else, unfortunately.

    Moving on, Stephen turns his attention to his own rage at the USA Today newspaper, which has a graph showing the drop in the number of indecency and obscenity complaints sent to the FCC. This brings us to tonight's edition of The Word, which is "F#@k". Stephen goes on to make a plea to the Hollywood folks to shock us. We've become complacent and are no longer surprised and shocked by what we see, so bring it on!

    Back from commercial, Stephen introduces this week's edition of "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger". First up, Stephen gives a wag of the finger to the voting board of the Templeton Prize. Stephen's outraged at the fact that they gave an award about religion to a scientist. He then gives a tip of the hat to Canada for legislation which says that if you apologize for something, you won't be admitting guilt. The final wag of the finger goes to Victor Willis, from the Village People. It seems he's been busted for drug possession.

    Back from commercial, Stephen welcomes tonight's guest, Robert Greenwald. They talk about "hating" America and Mr. Greenwald's new movie about Tom DeLay.

    Back from commercial, Stephen announces the show has been put for sale on iTunes store. He then announces a million man march... in an attempt to sell one million subscriptions to his show.

    Tonight's show was very good. Most of the segments were very well written and performed, but I thought the "Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger" segment was a little weaker than I was expecting. The first and third tip/wag were good, but the middle wasn't funny at all and should have been tested with an audience first. Certainly something could have been substituted!moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Stephen Colbert (to Robert Greenwald): If you don't destroy America, please come back.

    • Michael Greenwald: So I think I may be in a little bit of danger, and I'd like one of your security guards to help me leave the studio when I leave.
      Stephen Colbert: No, I need those guys on the sides of me, just to carry me to my car.

    • Stephen Colbert: Now settle a bet for me. Who hates America more, you or Michael Moore?
      Michael Greenwald: I'd say I like America more than Michael does.
      Stephen Colbert: You do?
      Michael Greenwald: Yes
      Stephen Colbert: Alright, I don't like the way you put that, I'll say "he hates it more than you hate America."
      Michael Greenwald: I love it a lot, which is why I do all of these films.
      Stephen Colbert: You see, you liberals play all of these symantic games. You say hate, when we're talking about love here.

    • Stephen Colbert: That's right, a scientist won a prize for religion. That's like giving the Pulitzer Prize to the NY Times!

    • Stephen Colbert (about Soledad O'Brien): This omni-racial newswoman could easily be the result of a freaky eight-way at a Benetton photo shoot.

    • Stephen Colbert: It's our last show of March, I came in like a lion, and I'm going out like a lamb-fed lion. This is The Colbert Report.

    • Stephen Colbert: If you're as outraged by sex and profanity on TV as I am, that makes two of us.

    • Stephen Colbert: Women's history month has come and gone, and no one noticed. Perhaps next year, it should try wearing a lower-cut top.

    • Stephen: ...which brings us to tonight's Word: F#@k. If that verb offends you, you're not alone. (Just in the wrong decade) Take a look at this article from, 75% of women and 60% of men find profanity objectionable. Americans hate swearing as much as ever, but nobody's complaining about it. (Kvetching futures hit hard) In the article Miss Manners, personal friend of the show, explains the danger. If "everybody is pretending they aren't shocked…gradually people won't be shocked." Let's face it, America runs on shock. (And cheddar fries) Outrage is the only thing separating us from being Canadian. (Plus real bacon) Why do you think the Pilgrims came to this country in the first place? (Hard to kill Indians long distance) They were appalled at the level of indecency in 17th century England. (Too much exposed ankle)

      Evidently we're just not shocked enough anymore, so I'm calling on Hollywood to do its patriotic duty, shock and disgust us so that we may condemn you. (Talking to you, Clooney) You gave it a good shot with that "Brokeback Mountain," but we've grown jaded, you're gonna have to up the ante. (Sequel stars the horse) But while we're waiting for Hollywood to get its act together, there's plenty the rest of us can do to raise the national umbrage level. (The N.U.L.) So, nation, here's your homework, do or say something that will outrage your neighbor. (Try coveting his ass) Push the envelope on profanity. Change up the phrasing. Instead of suggesting they merely "eat" or "suck" something of yours, invite them to eat it out, or up, or sideways, any preposition will help. ("Amidst" your mother?)

      By enraging each other, we are serving the best interests of democracy, (Seethe to shining seethe) because as recent history has shown us, righteous fury seems to be the best way to get people to the polls. That's why gay marriage, gay adoption and gay teachers are urgent problems only in years that end in even numbers. (Isn't that odd?) Being this offensive isn't going to be easy, (Just ask a Danish cartoonist) but we have got to keep it up until the mid term elections, because unless Republicans get their base out to the polls, they are so f#@ked.

      And that's the Word.

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