Sunday, March 25, 2007

Shamelessly stolen from the Canadian Press

He welcomed Canadian viewers to "The Colbert Report" - pronounced "ra-PORE" - when it launched on The Comedy Network in November '05 by telling them: "I am Stephen Colbert. I have balls. If you're lucky, they might just rub off on you."


When the Conservatives booted the Liberals out of power in last year's federal election, Colbert was quick to take credit, crowing: "I fixed Canada in 77 days!"


Now Canada, it appears, is ready to thank Colbert for his repair work by holding a "Stephen Colbert Day" celebration, featuring none other than Don Cherry himself, the type of no-nonsense straight-shooter who would be well and truly adored by Colbert's faux right-wing pundit.


A night of festivities, including a Colbert lookalike contest, is being held Tuesday in Oshawa, an industrial city east of Toronto better-known for its GM plant than its tendency to whoop it up.
"The only cool thing that has ever happened to Oshawa," commented one blogger on her blog It's Gonna Be a Blue Moon Rising.

Shannon McFadyen, a spokeswoman for the city of Oshawa, said Sunday that Colbert himself is not appearing at the event, but added "The Colbert Report" may send a field producer for a future segment on the show.

Nonetheless, more than 1,500 people are expected to turn out at the General Motors Centre, a gleaming new venue in downtown Oshawa that opened in November and seats 6,000, McFadyen said.
"We're getting a really interesting mix of people who are coming," McFadyen said. "There are hockey fans, Don Cherry fans and then sort of younger university students who are really into the Colbert show. We have a group of kids coming up from New York University, for example, and some interest from Newfoundland. It's a real blend of people because the themes are hockey and comedy."

It all started when about two million Colbert fans inundated an online contest to name the mascot of the Saginaw Spirit, a Michigan OHL team. Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle was born as a tribute to the comedian.

Colbert soon threw his support behind the squad and began trash-talking its OHL rivals, especially the Oshawa Generals.

After a public volley of taunts and counter-taunts, Oshawa Mayor John Gray issued a challenge to Colbert on the eve of a recent showdown between the two teams: if the Generals won, Colbert would have had to wear a Generals jersey for an entire show. If the Spirit won, Gray had to declare Colbert's birthday "Stephen Colbert Day" in Oshawa.

Colbert, whose pundit was inspired by Fox News's belligerent Bill O'Reilly, accepted the challenge but had a more humiliating suggestion: he wanted "Stephen Colbert Day" to be declared not on his own birthday, but on Gray's - March 20. And so it was.

"How old are you going to be?" Colbert asked Gray in a recent interview on his show. "Old enough to know better than to take on Stephen Colbert?"

"Hopefully, in the future, yes," Gray, who turns 48 on Tuesday, admitted sheepishly.

One of the highlights of the night's festivities promises to be the selection of the winning Colbert lookalike.

Five semi-finalists have been chosen from across Canada and the winner will be determined by the competitor who gets the loudest cheers from the audience on Tuesday night. The victor wins a trip to New York City, where he'll attend a taping of the "The Colbert Report," a spawn of Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show."

There will also be a hockey challenge featuring a showdown between the team's mascots: the Generals' Shooter and the Spirit's aforementioned Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle.

For the $5 cost of admission, there will also be free cake and Dr. Pepper - Colbert's favourite soft drink.

For McFadyen, the entire Stephen Colbert event signifies that the city of Oshawa, which has long lived in Toronto's shadow, has a sense of fun all its own.

"It's just one of the things we are doing to say Oshawa has a lot to offer. It's an exciting place to be."

45 comments:

leslie said...

I happened upon his show one day and couldn't stop watching. He is absolutely HILARIOUS!!! You going to the celebration, Ivan?

islandgrovepress said...

Hi Leslie,

Yes, the man is funny beyond words.
And he does have bite, in his own faux-conservative way.
One line broke me right up.

Gay marriage: "As a gentleman, I applaud your courage.
"But as a Christian, I'd say you're going straight to hell!"

Oshawa, Ontario is just down the road. I meant to attend the party, but got snagged on this very blog--production hold-ups;I am a luddite--and just as I got everything together, I missed the celebration, which was actually last Tuesday.
Nevertheless, I caught Stephen Colbert's show while Oshawa was actually celebrating Stephen Colbert Day. A good chunk of the program featured the City of Oshawa, its jogging ladies, its
charity work and it's love of fun.

I used to be a reporter for the Oshawa Times and know this motor city well. Just about everybody there seems of my background; and I thought I was a rare bird, though no Steagle Colbeagle

Ivan

doubting thomas said...

Didn't Steppenwolf (nee Jack London and the Sparrows) and Mars Bonfire come from Oshawa? Who is this Stephen Colbert? Related to Claudette Colbert? If this guy sticks around, I might find out who he is. Maybe.

islandgrovepress said...

Oh Thomas.

Where you been livin'? On the moon?

All my blogging grannies know of John Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
If that makes them hip, where ya livin',man?

Okay, you're up on me about Steppenwolf coming from Oshawa.
But wasn't the lead singer John Kay?

Oh, Claudette Colbert.
I'll be correspondent (and published Island Grove Press writer) has a few notes on the late Ms. Colbert.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Oh damn.

Just made a damfool out of myself.
And I was chatening Doubting Thomas!

I meant to say in my last comment above, "I'll bet Josie, now a published Island Grove Press writer, has a few notes on the late Claudette Colbert.

Ivan

Josie said...

Ivan, are you suggesting I am in the generation as Claudette Colbert...:-) Not quite.

You know I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of Stephen Colbert. I have only heard of the Rick Mercer Report. He's also too funny for words.

Gosh, Oshawa sounds like a real fun city.

Josie

Josie said...

Hey, techie computer dude, how do you put those cool links in? I haven't been able to do that.

Josie

islandgrovepress said...

No, Josie.

I just thought that since you're something of a film buff, you'd have some goodies on Claudette Colbert.
...Actually, I wonder if Stephen is any relation. He is American French, going back about nine generations. Says he was American before there was an America.

Yeah, Rick Mercer.
I once entered a blogging contest which included Rick Mercer, and the Newfie cleaned my clock.

Sour grapes department: At least I'm straight (I think).

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,
As you might suspect, Computer Dude is actually son-begat.
...Wouldn't have bee able to do this blog without him.

I'm sure S is reading.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Speaking of computers, Josie,
I can't get in to comment on Sienna's [Pam's] blog today. She's put up some marvellous pictures of her farm/ranch; I tried to comment on the animal pictures but beta blogger is blocking.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Whoops.

I just got through to comment on Pam's blog by going pure Beta.

...Now if I could only comment on my own blog that way.

Oh for a Mac!

Ivan

Josie said...

Ivan, must be the sunshine, but I have figured out a very funny little post to put up on my blog, but I'm afraid JR will kill me if I do. It's kinda cute :-)

Josie

Oh, what the heck, I'm going to do it.

Josie said...

Okay... I did it.

islandgrovepress said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

JR as a look-alike for actor Bill Pullman.

I'm sure you mean it as a compliment to our correspondent J.R. but, I can't get over how cute the "Separated at Birth" idea was.
ROFLMAO!

Ivan

Josie said...

Should I take it down?

I happen to think Bill Pullman is adorable :-)

islandgroverpress said...

No, no no.

Don't take it down.

It will generate high interest.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Whoops!

So busy blogging, forgot about dinner.

CU soon.

Ivan

Josie said...

Wow, Ivan, it looks as almost everyone on the blogs is being bestowed "The Thinking Blog" award meme, except you and me. I guess we aren't thinkers...

One fellow even got it twice from two different people.

Dontcha just love it?

Josie

islandgrovepress said...

You know, back in the days when I was in the American Newspaper Guild, I used to get out of scrapes with Flordia police because of that card.

So I had a card.

Being in government, maybe you have a card.

Maybe we're just a pair of cards :)

kimber the wolfgrrrl said...

I came for the Bill Pullman photo, I stayed for Stephan Colbert. :)

islandgrovepress said...

Hi Kimber.
Nice turn.
Nice to see you back.

Ivan

EA Monroe said...

I thought JR looked like Sean Penn!

islandgrovepress said...

Well. Whatever.

I'd affect a moustache, but I might be taken for Ron Jeremy (I wish!). Heh.

Ivan

Josie said...

Ivan, I have removed the JR/Bill Pullman blog. I'm a total idiot. No wonder no one gives me a blog award... ha! I'm just a dumb blonde with a warped sense of humor. You know, they even have blog awards for ... now let me get this straight ... best preschool, homeschool blogs. Goodness me.

I have to go to the Island for a week, but I will stay in touch with everyone.

Josie

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,

Why'd you do that?

This is a blog tha is generating all kind of comment, even here.

Faint hear never...

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

That should read,

"Faint heart never..."

I was going to add something, but one reference to Ron Jeremy is enough.

Why does every man want to be like
"The Hedgehog?"

Ivan

Sienna said...

Bwawawawaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Ivan the terrible!

Ha haaaaaa
I have been doing some name research, haa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

I am about to fall off the earth laughing so much...I have another name for our horse should they choose to disallow Prokopchuk...

I think I have led a sheltered life.

Pam

islandgrovepress said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Ron Jeremy as a name for racehorse! The mind boggles.

I blame The Toronto Sunday Sun
for having sent me to Copenhagen to cover something many years ago.
I came back with some footage, but threw it all in the garbage once I hit Toronto. It was really a good place for it.
My wife had said, "Why'd you do that? Maybe I would have been interested."
I think Copenhagen was too hard on my heart.

...Still, I've got the giggles. All those grannies trying to find out who Ron Jeremy is, and the gasp at the end of their search.

Sorry Pam. I know for sure you're a nice person who really had no idea of what I was going on about.
Google has some strange answers.

Well, I USED to be a nice person.
My wife at the time had made a gentleman out of me. I think she gave up.

A horse named Ron Jeremy. LOL!

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Omigod.

We're having too good a time.

What time is it indeed?

It's almost two in the morning here atop Toronto.

Got to get over this hysterical streak. Wish I had some good Ausralian beer, best in the world,
but I'll have to settle for Molson product.
There are so many things Canadians can't do.

1) Brew beer.

2) Run a country without Whitehall.

3) Be utterly lost without Quebec, the only province that seems to have Stephen Colbert's "balls."

Can't complete the list.

Firewater taste good. Must have more firewater!

G'night.

Ivan

Josie said...

Ivan, hello from beautiful downtown Victoria. I see JR got tagged with the (ahem) Thinker Blog meme. We have to pop over and give him a bad time. I'm going to repost the Separated at Birth blog tonight.

Cheers,
Josie

EA Monroe said...

Ivan and Josie: JR will need The Thinker Award to wiggle his way out of his latest hijink with J Lo.

Donnetta Lee said...

Well, first day back at work after the flu, and I am too weak to comment. But did read it all! All I can say is: "Veeeeery Interesting."

Donnetta

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,

Never mind the meme. I think JR is in enought trouble over J Lo.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Liz,

I don't know how well-read JR is, but I'd strongly recommend John Lennon's "There's a Spaniard in the Works."

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Donnetta,

Arte Johnson, the bush-whacking "verry interesting" German out of Laugh-In.

Wasn't he something?

And that dirty old man on the bicycle, over by the swings.

Ivan

Josie said...

I gather you didn't like my Canadian Redneck award?

Josie

islandgrovepress said...

No, no Josie.

I think it's great. Leave it up. Tell them I sent it.

I just have this thing against memes. They are very time consuming and (to me, anyway) labor-intensive...Gets in the way of the writing.

Ivan

Josie said...

Ivan, I removed them all. I think it was making me look stupid. I think I made my point. I don't think blogging should be a contest, and any meme that causes a person to make a "Sophie's Choice" kind of decision is really lousy, and could only have been started by a teenager. Real adults don't behave that way.

Moving on now....

Josie

What the hell is a "Thinking Blog" anyway? Someone who complains all the time? Seems to be...!

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,

I have only had a microsecond scan at those "thinking" blogs and it looks like they're into Rube Goldberg contraptions rather than real thinking.
One way to discover a real thinker is to ask him/her who the three authors of the Faust legend might be...no googling now....That's thinking!

Just kids having fun.

Heybayheybabyheybaby: In my own sneaky way I tried for the Giller.
Got my backside reamed.
Now THAT is a letdown.

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

I am very proud of my Lost Oakie Award and want to reciprocate with a "Lost Newfie" award, which will feature a Labrador Retriever dog, but an odd looking one.

Newfoundladers, or "Newfies" get the same treatment in Canada as Okies do in the U.S. Both Newfies and Okies can be very funny and for the size of their respective populations, produce more talent per square inch than just about anywhere in North America.
The list of notable Oklahomans is very long, and, strangely, so is the list of notable Newfies.

So right now, I am percolating on a "Lost Newfie" award, so I can send to Liz and anybody else in our klatch.

Ivan

Josie said...

Okay, Ivan, If you do a lost Newfie award, I will put the other awards back up.

I'd like to thank the Academy...

Hold you applause, please.

Josie

Did you read my post? The Thinking Blog award is a hoax.

Anonymous said...

Omigod.

I have just run out of beer.

Half-shagged fox in a forest fire!

Ivan

eamonroe said...

Good morning, Ivan. Your Lost Okie award looks great and I'd love one of your "Newfie" awards! Go Newfies and Okies! Heh!

islandgrovepress said...

Good morning Liz,

The Lost Newfie award is only now being minted. You will certainly be getting it once I work out the kinks.
I am a bit weak at graphics so I may have to bother my busy son-begat.
Would you believe I once started a print graphics business without knowing a thing about that now-obsolete trade?
I was told to go slow and small, or I would go crazy.
I went fast and large.
Potrzebie!

Ivan

islandgrovepress said...

Josie,

I am going to invest in a 26er of Black and White tonight. When in the company of my Scots navvies, I ofen hear the phrase, "Here's looking up your kilt." I dare not use that particular toast when with ladies for obvious reasons, but we'll "douse the Nelson" or something. Let's have some Black and White.
When is "dowsing the Nelson Day" anyway?
Last time around, I had to make do with spraying a fire extinguisher all over the halls.
"What are you doing?" asked the Super.
"I am dousing the Nelson."
He did not quite ask me to carry on. I think I heard him mumble, "Security!"

Ivan