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Stephen Colbert

Geburtstag: 13. Mai 1964

Stephen Tyrone Colbert [koʊlˈbɛər] ist ein US-amerikanischer Satiriker.

Bekannt wurde er für seine Auftritte in der Daily Show, bevor er von 2005 bis 2014 die Nachrichtensatire The Colbert Report bekam. In dieser spielte er die satirisch überzeichnete Rolle der Kunstfigur eines demagogischen, rechtspopulistischen Fernsehmoderators, der ebenfalls Stephen Colbert heißt . Indem er die Argumentationsweise rechter Moderatoren, wie sie insbesondere für Fox News typisch sind, parodistisch auf die Spitze trieb, versuchte Colbert, diese in ihren Widersprüchen zu entlarven. Im Jahr 2007 veröffentlichte er das Satire-Buch I Am America , das die zentralen Vorstellungen des von ihm gespielten Charakters zusammenfasst. Mitte 2011 trat er selbst in den Präsidentschafts-Wahlkampf ein und begann, anhand von selbstgegründeten Wahlkampfspendenorganisationen die Funktionen und Dysfunktionalitäten der amerikanischen Wahlkampffinanzierung offenzulegen. Seit September 2015 moderiert er als Nachfolger von David Letterman die Late Show. Wikipedia

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„And then I'm weak. As much as I want to make the audience laugh, I really want to make Jon laugh.“

—  Stephen Colbert

Entertainment Weekly interview http://www.jerriblank.com/colbert_ew.html, August 13, 2004, on his character break during the infamous Prince Charles sketch on The Daily Show.
Kontext: Such a proud moment of professionalism. You work for years crafting cogent satirical essays and the thing that everybody remembers is me making love to a Chiquita and bursting into laughter. What you can't see off camera is Jon started laughing first. And then I'm weak. As much as I want to make the audience laugh, I really want to make Jon laugh.

„Agnostics are just atheists without balls.“

—  Stephen Colbert, buch I Am America (And So Can You!)

Quelle: I Am America

„If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg.“

—  Stephen Colbert

White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)
Kontext: Then you write, "Oh, they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring. If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg.

„He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday — no matter what happened Tuesday.“

—  Stephen Colbert

White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)
Kontext: The greatest thing about this man is he's steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday — no matter what happened Tuesday.

„The market is not finished. The market still has over nine thousand points to drop.“

—  Stephen Colbert

On the Financial crisis of 2008 The Colbert Report (6 October 2008)
Kontext: The market is not finished. The market still has over nine thousand points to drop. We'll get to Christmas at least.

„Of course, at the time, we thought we were being farcical.“

—  Stephen Colbert

New York Magazine interview http://nymag.com/news/politics/22322/ (16 October 2006)
Kontext: Language has always been important in politics, but language is incredibly important to the present political struggle. Because if you can establish an atmosphere in which information doesn't mean anything, then there is no objective reality. The first show we did, a year ago, was our thesis statement: What you wish to be true is all that matters, regardless of the facts. Of course, at the time, we thought we were being farcical.

„I believe it's yogurt, but I refuse to believe it's not butter.“

—  Stephen Colbert

White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)

„So be real. That's the best thing you can do.“

—  Stephen Colbert

On how he would recommend Colbert Report guests approach interviews, on A Conversation with Stephen Colbert (1 December 2006).
Kontext: Answer honestly... Disabuse me of my ignorance. Don’t let me get away with anything. Don’t try to play my game. Be real. Be passionate. Hold your ideas. Give me resistance. Give me traction I can work against. The friction between reality, or the truly held concerns of the person, and the farcical concerns that I have, or my need to seem important, as opposed to actually understanding what’s true... Where those two things meet is where the comedy happens. So be real. That's the best thing you can do. And call me on my bullshit.

„I have tender feelings for Nixon, because everybody has warm feelings about their childhood.“

—  Stephen Colbert

Rolling Stone interview http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/americas-anchors-20061116?page=3 (31 October 2006)
Kontext: I have tender feelings for Nixon, because everybody has warm feelings about their childhood. Actually, I didn't like the Watergate trials 'cause they interrupted The Munsters... Nixon was the last liberal president. He supported women's rights, the environment, ending the draft, youth involvement, and now he's the boogeyman? Kerry couldn't even run on that today.

„Before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers.“

—  Stephen Colbert

White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)
Kontext: Before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Someone from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail.

„I don't perceive my role as a newsman at all. I'm a comedian from stem to stern.“

—  Stephen Colbert

When asked what he perceives his role to be, given that many young people claim to get their news from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, on newsman. "Harvard University: A Conversation with Stephen Colbert" http://ksgaccman.harvard.edu/iop/events_forum_video.asp?ID=3051 (1 December 2006).
Kontext: I don't perceive my role as a newsman at all. I'm a comedian from stem to stern. You can cut me open and count the rings of jokes. If people learn something about the news by watching the show, that is incidental to my goal.

„Language has always been important in politics, but language is incredibly important to the present political struggle.“

—  Stephen Colbert

New York Magazine interview http://nymag.com/news/politics/22322/ (16 October 2006)
Kontext: Language has always been important in politics, but language is incredibly important to the present political struggle. Because if you can establish an atmosphere in which information doesn't mean anything, then there is no objective reality. The first show we did, a year ago, was our thesis statement: What you wish to be true is all that matters, regardless of the facts. Of course, at the time, we thought we were being farcical.

„It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty.“

—  Stephen Colbert

AV Club interview http://www.avclub.com/article/stephen-colbert-13970, (25 January 2006)
Kontext: Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word. I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty. People love the president because he's certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don't seem to exist. It's the fact that he's certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?

„Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.“

—  Stephen Colbert

Knox College commencement address http://www.knox.edu/colbert.xml (3 June 2006)
Kontext: Don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. "Yes" is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes.

„If you don't give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don't hurt you anymore — and you actually have power over those people.“

—  Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert - It Gets Better (13 July 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BThRZbCs-p8
Kontext: If you don't give power to the words that people throw at you to hurt you, they don't hurt you anymore — and you actually have power over those people. … So, if you can, realize that the things that people say about you — they don't really matter — it's who you are. And the older you get, the more you'll understand that — because it gets better. And people get nicer too.

„I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone".“

—  Stephen Colbert

White House Correspondents' Association Dinner (2006)
Kontext: I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone". Fox News, I hold a copyright on that term.

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