Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Stephen Colbert - Traditionalist Radical?

At one time I heard Stephen Colbert was possibly a cafeteria Catholic, also known as Christmas and Easter Catholic, whatever your words choice. But now from the Cafeteria is Closed blog comes this bit from Comedy Central.

Whoa. This is bordering on dramatic and less comedic. His comments aren't funny to be honest and they show his emotional devotion to his Faith, or at least his view of it. He does try to be funny, but the laughs come more from the screen writer than his comments. At break neck speed he recites parts of the Nicene Creed.

I must say though that I don't like him poking at the Pope in the very last few sentences he utters. Making fun of the way he looks in the photo is one thing, but to just tell him he's wrong is not very charitable at best and lacks a complete understanding in what Benedict is actually doing. In a recent post I put up a clip of him dancing and poking fun at 'modern' liturgical music. I don't think I realized how serious he probably was.



Although, I must say...this might actually work as an evangelism tool for otherwise non-believers. Just look at what the Daily Show has done for Democrats. We've just had a prime time recitation of the Nicene Creed on something other than EWTN - and it was in a pro-Catholic way with resounding applause afterwards...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some things to know about Stephen Colbert...
I was a major fan when we had TV :)

So ok, Colbert grew up in the south, but decided a southern accent sounded stupid, so he dropped it.

He is the last of something like 9 kids, and his dad and 2 of his siblings died when he was a kid. So, he started to be funny to cheer everyone up.

He doesn't allow his own kids to watch him on the Report, because he is outright lying about who he really is and he doesn't want them to see him lying.

I heard an interview a while back, i think right when the Report was on the air. Even then he said he was Catholic and a devout one. Yes, I was surprised, but then after seeing him in more interviews and in the show, he really is devoted.

He had the head of the Catholic League (or a similar organization, I could be wrong, it was Catholic) on the show over the summer. He was psyched to have him there and even changed the background to the set to look like stained glass windows.

Anonymous said...

Some things to know about Stephen Colbert...
I was a major fan when we had TV :)

So ok, Colbert grew up in the south, but decided a southern accent sounded stupid, so he dropped it.

He is the last of something like 9 kids, and his dad and 2 of his siblings died when he was a kid. So, he started to be funny to cheer everyone up.

He doesn't allow his own kids to watch him on the Report, because he is outright lying about who he really is and he doesn't want them to see him lying.

I heard an interview a while back, i think right when the Report was on the air. Even then he said he was Catholic and a devout one. Yes, I was surprised, but then after seeing him in more interviews and in the show, he really is devoted.

He had the head of the Catholic League (or a similar organization, I could be wrong, it was Catholic) on the show over the summer. He was psyched to have him there and even changed the background to the set to look like stained glass windows.

-Marisa

Fidei Defensor said...

I have been following the whole Colbert Catholic story for, months, while there is no way to be 100% sure, trust me, I have looked into this an awful lot and I think it is farily safe to say that he is "one of us"!

Timothy said...

Lets not forget at the last Emmy's, when standing next to Jon Stewart, his "good evening Godless Sodomites" was followed by loud applause and laughter, and then later scrunitized over and over by religous pundits. It was a simple joke with a hidden purpose... to give him more exposure and thus more value to his name as an entertainer (with a brand new show on comedy central at the time, spun off from the Daily Show). It's other side effect was to spark religious debate, which in turn gives an opertunity to expose more people to faith & religon.

What Colbert says will always be mostly for entertainment sake as long as that's how he makes his living. It is obvous to see how he was shaped by his beliefs and religious background which he appears to be trying to do his part to spread the word, even if in a very odd way. But on the other hand, famous comedic entertainer George Carlin was raised pure catholic from family to school and we all know how he feels about religion.

jarred said...

Although Colbert is Catholic, it's important to note that his show is an intended parody of Bill O'Reilly's show. Colbert is being a complete character. He admits this freely. He acts conservative (often uber-conservative), but only in a means to poke fun at the right.

Additionally, if it were a religious show, it would be improper to poke fun at the Pope the way he did. But this is Comedy Central, and everyone is game. He's an equal-opportunity comedian. I'm sure the muslims wouldn't be thrilled with what he said either - doesn't mean it isn't funny to some.

PS - Hi Matt! I still read this. :)

Matt said...

Hey Jarred,

Glad to see yer still with me here. :-)

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton