Stephen Colbert has said many times that one of the main influences on his character originally was indeed Stone Phillips so it was extra special to have him as the first guest.
Tonight's word, 'truthiness', was voted 2005's Word of the Year by the American Dialect Society. According to their website:
In its 16th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted truthiness as the word of the year. First heard on the Colbert Report, a satirical mock news show on the Comedy Channel, truthiness refers to the quality of stating concepts or facts one wishes or believes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true. As Stephen Colbert put it, "I don't trust books. They're all fact, no heart."
The Word: Truthiness
The premier episode drew 1.1 million viewers, just as much as The Daily Show.
Stephen: Open wide, baby bird, because mama's got a big, fat nightcrawler of Truth.
Stephen: ...and that brings us to tonight's Word: Truthiness. Now I'm sure some of the word police, the wordanistas over at Webster's are gonna say "Hey, that's not a word." Well, anybody that knows me knows that I'm no fan of dictionaries or reference books, they're elitist. (Reference books high and mighty) Constantly telling us what is or isn't true, or what did or didn't happen. Who's Britannica to tell me the Panama Canal was finished in 1914? If I want to say that it happened in 1941, that's my right! I don't trust books, they're all fact, no heart. And that's exactly what's pulling our country apart today. Because face it folks, we are a divided nation. Not between Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals, or tops and bottoms. (Pitchers and catchers) We are divided between those who think with their head and those who know with their heart. (Head bad, heart good)
Consider Harriet Miers, if you think about Harriet Miers, of course her nominations absurd. But the President didn't say he thought about his selection, he said this: [Video: "I know her heart."] (No thinking) Notice how he said nothing about her brain? He didn't have to, he feels the truth about Harriet Miers. And what about Iraq? If you think about it, maybe there are a few missing pieces about the rational for war, but doesn't taking Saddam out feel like the right thing? (I'll say!) Right here in the gut, that's where the truth comes from ladies and gentlemen, the gut.
Do you know that you have more nerve endings in your stomach that in your head? (True) Look it up. Now, somebody's gonna say I did look that up and it's wrong. Well mister, that's because you looked it up in a book. Next time, try looking it up in your gut. (Check gut) I did, and my gut tells me that's how our nervous system works. Now I know some of you may not trust you gut, yet, but with my help you will. (You'll get there) The truthiness is, anyone can read the news to you, I promise to feel the news at you. (Feel the News)
And that's the Word.
Stephen: I don't trust books; they're all fact, no heart.
Stone Phillips: Tonight, shocking revelations in the case of an Ohio school principal whose filing cabinets held gruesome secrets.
Stephen Colbert: Then, with night falling, and just one flare left, would Armando be able to keep the coyotes away from his leg?
Stone Phillips: If you have ever sat naked on a hotel bedspread, we have got a chilling report you won't want to miss.
Stephen Colbert: Raheed and MC Fresh Jams were dropping mad beats at the house party... when tragedy struck.
Stone Phillips: We invited Mother Teresa to respond to these charges.
Stephen Colbert: Thankfully, alert gauchos were able to save the llama before it was swept into the blades of the turbine.
Stone Phillips: In the interest of full disclosure, I should state that this reporter has a similar body piercing.
Stephen Colbert: Amidst the mists and fiercest frosts, with barest wrists and stoutest boasts, he thrusts his fists against the posts, and still insists he sees the ghosts.
Stone Phillips What a to-do to die today at a minute or two to two, A thing distinctly hard to say but harder still to do. For they'll beat a tattoo at a quarter to two: A rat-ta tat-tat ta tat-tat ta to-to. And the dragon will come when he hears the drum. At a minute or two to two today, at a minute or two to two.
Stephen Colbert: On this show, your voice will be heard...in the form of my voice.
Why is Stephen so quiet about the hundreds of hours of charity work he does every year?
He's not doing it for the publicity; he's doing it for America.
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