Colbert Does It Again

In case you missed it, it’s not too late to catch a rerun of last night’s Colbert Report, which contained a brilliant riff inspired by an article in the Journal of Paleolimnology. (How many TV shows can say that?) The Journal published a study theorizing that, rather than walking on water, Jesus could in fact have been walking on a freakish patch of ice. (What an idiotic thing to study—but never mind.)

Stephen took offense at this, and by way of proving that it is possible to walk on water, showed a clip from the Cars’ “Magic” video, where Ric Ocasek strolls across the surface of a swimming pool. That would have been enough for me, but the camera panned left to reveal Ric Ocasek himself, who testified that a) he was not walking on ice in the video and b) he was willing to give Jesus the benefit of the doubt.

Then Ocasek helped Stephen add the Journal of Paleolimnology to his “On Notice” board, and Stephen asked Ocasek if there was anyone he’d like to add. Ocasek replied “Todd Rundgren,” a reference to the fact that Rundgren is currently touring with a couple of ex-Cars in a band called “the New Cars.” Rundgren was added to the board and Cars fans everywhere slept a little easier.

4 Responses to “Colbert Does It Again”

  1. Cecil Vortex Says:

    that’s great, I saw that bit and didn’t connect the dots on the “why Todd?” question. Tidy! ™


    (in case you’re reading this, needless to say, that tm belongs to you, xian….)

  2. e. Says:

    are you sure you weren’t asleep? so many moving parts yet dream-state perfection…

  3. bill Says:

    If Cecil hadn’t seen it also, I would have no problem believing it was a dream. Ric Ocasek is like some kind of figure from the subconscious: a looming insect-man with oddly familiar eyes.

  4. Quadra Says:

    A little late to comment but it’s funny, Ric Ocasek gave his blessing to Hawkes and Easton teaming with Rundgren on this project.

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