If you haven't already viewed the entire clip of Steven Colbert giving the keynote Washington Correspondents' address, the link will take you to a good download.
The first day after the event his piece was hardly mentioned in the mainstream media.
The second day after, it's mentioned negatively -- called "unfunny" by some, thus sparking a debate between those who think he was funny, those who think he wasn't funny. It's become a tussle. People are taking sides.
I thought, there's got to be a way to resolve this. If we had proof that people laughed, maybe we could make the case that indeed, Steven Colbert was funny.
Here's what I got:
Looks like laughter to me.
This looks like the fun table.
These women here don't seem to be having a good time. I think they just wanted Laurence Fishburn's autograph.
Colbert had the room on his side as much as one could reasonably expect. Hell, he got this out of Scalia by telling him to go "fuck himself." They were putty in his hands.
But here's the thing. Colbert was just doing comedy up until the Press Secretary video.
That's when it became art. You know that's what has happened, because people got pissed. That's the magic of art -- it shows you something. Suddenly the crowd stopped rattling their jewelry in aprreciation. It's like shining the black light around the cheap motel room.
This was biting.
As was this:
But the worst of it:
Here's comes Bushe's 19th Helen Thomas nervous breakdown.
HELEN THOMAS: I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet -- your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth -- what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil -- quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: I think your premise, in all due respect to your question and to you as a lifelong journalist, is that, you know, I didn't want war. To assume I wanted war is just flat wrong, Helen, in all due respect --
HELEN THOMAS: Everything --
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Hold on for a second, please.
HELEN THOMAS: -- everything I've heard -- [IS A LIE.]
The take away from Colbert's Press Secretary skit is that BUSH CAN'T ANSWER THIS BASIC QUESTION and all it takes is a REAL JOURANLIST to ask it.
I can't think of a more fitting keynote address for the Washington Correspondents.
Thank you Helen. We need more heroes.