Stephen Colbert, the pseudo-conservative commentator and talk-show host developed by the real Stephen Colbert on The Daily Show and honed to biting perfection for nine years on The Colbert Report, slipped out of this realm Thursday night on Comedy Central. He was roughly 17.
Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. was cast into eternity from his New York City studio during his 1,447th episode after confronting the Grim Reaper, shooting the dark angel with a revolver mid-show and declaring himself “deathless.”
“Wait a minute! I just killed Death!” he said, defying widely held expectations that Colbert would be dying on his final Comedy Central telecast. “That means … I am immortal! Nothing can stop me now!”
LOS ANGELES — Sony has no plans at the moment to release The Interview after scrapping its Christmas Day theatrical release this week — not DVD, not VOD, not streaming, nothing. As of this writing, you simply cannot see the movie, and probably won’t for a good long while.
But before Guardians of Peace threatened physical violence against movie theaters, it was screened for critics, at the Los Angeles premiere, and at the Austin, Texas-based movie marathon known as Butt-Numb-a-Thon.
I was at the premiere here, where the crowd — mostly Sony employees, to be fair — was howling with laughter at this wildly inappropriate, borderline offensive comedy, from beginning to end. Critics have not been kind, as The Interview has a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, an aggregate score I utterly do not understand.