Sunday, May 10, 2009

Killing an old president

In today’s New York Times, Frank Rich writes of the 2005 White House Correspondent’s dinner: “Colbert’s routine did not kill.”

Colbert’s routine killed on paper. Working from notecards rather than his usual prompter, he could not stay in character to save his life. It was unquestionably, as Jon Stewart put it, “ballsalicious”; but if he had truly been at the top of his game it would have been legendalicious too.

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