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cincinnati chili
02-01-2009, 05:43 PM
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/217077/january-28-2009/better-know-a-beatle---paul-mccartney

redsfanmia
02-01-2009, 07:22 PM
Chris Farley gave the best McCartney interview ever IMO.

kaldaniels
02-01-2009, 07:30 PM
I squirmed while watching it.

Yachtzee
02-01-2009, 10:16 PM
"What is the most tender cut of the McCartney?"

kaldaniels
02-02-2009, 12:20 AM
When watching this I thought...how does someone like Paul McCartney not have a manager who would let him know what he is getting into with Colbert...he was clueless going in.

Johnny Footstool
02-02-2009, 02:05 AM
When watching this I thought...how does someone like Paul McCartney not have a manager who would let him know what he is getting into with Colbert...he was clueless going in.

Colbert's guests, at least the one's he likes and respects, usually get prepped. There is footage of Colbert prepping John Kerry and explaining that he's playing a character.

Caveat Emperor
02-02-2009, 02:23 AM
I saw it when it aired -- it was truly uncomfortable television. I hope McCartney's manager was fired on the spot for not warning him about what he was getting into.

camisadelgolf
02-02-2009, 02:42 AM
As if 'airing on Comedy Central' weren't enough of a hint . . .

kaldaniels
02-02-2009, 02:48 AM
I was actually shocked that Colbert gave him the business. Regular viewers know that the McCartney interview was not the normal nightly Colbert interview...rather along the lines of "Better Know a District". Off the top of my head I can think of James Taylor,Willie Nelson,Yo Yo Ma,Toby Keith...and Colbert didn't try to make of fool of them...I wonder why he choose to do so to McCartney.

Caveat Emperor
02-02-2009, 02:51 AM
I was actually shocked that Colbert gave him the business. Regular viewers know that the McCartney interview was not the normal nightly Colbert interview...rather along the lines of "Better Know a District". Off the top of my head I can think of James Taylor,Willie Nelson,Yo Yo Ma,Toby Keith...and Colbert didn't try to make of fool of them...I wonder why he choose to do so to McCartney.

Maybe he blew them off when they asked him to come in studio and play a song off the album -- it'd be the kind of response-interview I'd expect Colbert to give when the subject had been a jerk to him previously.

Caveat Emperor
02-02-2009, 02:58 AM
Colbert's guests, at least the one's he likes and respects, usually get prepped. There is footage of Colbert prepping John Kerry and explaining that he's playing a character.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfiL2hpnmZ0

I think this is what you're referring to.

redsmetz
02-02-2009, 01:18 PM
I think folks are making more of this than what it really was. It looks to me like McCartney knows he's joking around. I thought, when I first saw it, that it was very stilted. It's mostly bad acting on McCartney's part. But this type of humour (as they'd spell it in "jolly old, jolly old") is very much something the Beatles would get. They were huge fans of Peter Sellers and helped out the folks who formed Monty Python (I know George produced a number of their movies). It wasn't Colbert's best stuff, although when I went back and watched again prior to responding to this thread, you can see they're both amused.

DTCromer
02-02-2009, 04:28 PM
Chris Farley gave the best McCartney interview ever IMO.

Touche.

RFS62
02-02-2009, 04:29 PM
That was awesome.

He knew it was a spoof.

TRF
02-02-2009, 04:35 PM
I think folks are making more of this than what it really was. It looks to me like McCartney knows he's joking around. I thought, when I first saw it, that it was very stilted. It's mostly bad acting on McCartney's part. But this type of humour (as they'd spell it in "jolly old, jolly old") is very much something the Beatles would get. They were huge fans of Peter Sellers and helped out the folks who formed Monty Python (I know George produced a number of their movies). It wasn't Colbert's best stuff, although when I went back and watched again prior to responding to this thread, you can see they're both amused.

Yah. only saw it once and I was in tears. I think Paul was in on the joke from the beginning.

GAC
02-02-2009, 08:47 PM
I think folks are making more of this than what it really was. It looks to me like McCartney knows he's joking around. I thought, when I first saw it, that it was very stilted. It's mostly bad acting on McCartney's part. But this type of humour (as they'd spell it in "jolly old, jolly old") is very much something the Beatles would get. They were huge fans of Peter Sellers and helped out the folks who formed Monty Python (I know George produced a number of their movies). It wasn't Colbert's best stuff, although when I went back and watched again prior to responding to this thread, you can see they're both amused.

Exactly. Just because Colbert is a better actor does not mean that Macca didn't know what was going on.

Paul got what he wanted out of it.... a plug for his album Electronic Arguments.

Paul has done so many of these "interviews" over the years. He knows what to expect and what is coming.

I remember one done on SNL by Father Guido Sarducci who kept referencing every response Paul made back to smoking pot (Paul had just got busted/released in Japan).

If you could be any animal Paul, what would it be?

A koala bear.

Oh yeah. Sitting all day up in that tree, getting stoned, eating euchalyptis leaves.

kaldaniels
02-02-2009, 10:15 PM
Does anyone else see what I see...McCartney really seems totally clueless (to what Colbert is doing) then about halfway thru the interview he has some fun with it. He may have been in on it from the get-go but thats just the way I saw it.

BuckeyeRed27
02-03-2009, 09:07 PM
I don't know if he was in on it (probably was), but I do know that was hilarious.

Johnny Footstool
02-04-2009, 12:03 PM
I think he was in on it, but it took him a couple of minutes to actually get comfortable with the tone of the interview.