The Colbert Report

Season 1 Episode 1

Stone Phillips

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Oct 17, 2005 on Comedy Central
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Stone Phillips
On the premier episode, Stephen Colbert welcomes host of Dateline, Stone Phillips!

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  • A great start to the show.

    When watching tonight's episode of The Daily Show, I actually felt somewhat anxious, but a little concerned. What if this show isn't quite what I thought it would be. It turns out I had no reason to be concerned.

    Stephen's teaser opening was much like that of The O'Reilly Factor and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He introduced some of the stories that would be mentioned on the show a little later.

    "The Word" was right out of The O'Reilly Factor, where Stephen went on a little rant about various things, which had to do with the night's topic, "Truthiness". I thought it was hilarious.

    Up next was "Threat Down", straight out of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. A list of various threats was presented, and Stephen have a little background profile on the threat, and gave his own little view of the topic, and it was very funny.

    After the commercial, Stephen welcomed Stone Phillips. I thought the interview went well. Stephen is actually not too bad of an interviewer for the purposes of a comedy program, of course.

    After taking a break, Stephen brought Stone Phillips back for a hilarious segment where they would read a few lines, to prove that if you have great journalistic gravitas, it doesn't matter what you say.

    The show ended with a mention of Peter Mayhew, of Star Trek fame. This was an interesting ending, and it gave another opening for Stephen to show off how much of a geek he really is.moreless
  • Excellent opening.

    With the introduction of the word "truthiness" Colbert captured the angst and exasperation of a cadre of the angry electorate. Colbert's expert parody fine tuned during his time on the Daily Show is allowed to shine brightly on his own show with free reign. Colbert has always cited Stone Phillips as one of his main influences and it is quite fitting to acquire him as the first guest for the character he was a main catalyst for. Phillips proves to be an excellent sport and interviewee. The power of this episode really carries the show through the first season as proof "truthiness" got the award "Word of the Year". Overall it was an excellent introduction to a near perfect news satire.moreless
  • Show finding it's feet

    The Colbert Report has potential but is definitely trying to find itself. Colbert stated the overall theme of his show in the premier episode and yet I didn't feel this theme represented the program that followed. However, there are some very funny moments that give hope to the show's continued improvement and as he gets more used to being the start, Colbert should have a hit on his hands. Too bad he's competing with David Letterman and good for me that I have Tivo and can record the show at 2 am in the morning.moreless
  • Yes, the series classic, though, it was the first episode - making it the best episode yet! It was a great beginning to what I think will be a great show.moreless

    Yes, the series classic, though, it was the first episode. It was a great beginning to what I think will be a great show.

    I really liked the episode. It did get kind of annoying at times, with the camera switching over and over though, and the interview needed more lighting. Overall, it was pretty good, though, not as good as the Daily Show.

  • He's gone from a correspondent to an anchor, true, but has he gone from a great show to an average one? I'm not too sure about the Colbert Report.

    Okay, so it was good, yes... There were some genuinely funny moments and to say it is average wouldn't be fair, it is above average. But it's no Daily Show, that's for sure.

    I'll completely give him the benefit of the doubt though, as it were, and more so... You can completely see where he's going with the show, you can see the potential it has, but I'm just not sure about it. One thing, it's certainly a huge ego trip for him and fair enough, he's a legend, but I just don't know... his stuff perhaps more suited to quick, shorts or perhaps stand-up... Whilst it's probably not that fair to compare it to the Daily Show it's an inevitable thing to do. I can see it going somewhere though and, as I said, there were many, genuine laughs so hmm...

    One to keep an eye on, I say.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • "Grippy" is the featured phrase in the opening credits for the premiere episode.

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • 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 the form of my voice.

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