Harold McNeil, the reporter who wrote the review of Stephen Colbert’s live performance at UB’s Distinguished Speaker Series last night, must not watch Colbert’s television show much. McNeil’s article failed to grab even a glimpse of Colbert’s comic genius, nor convey the comedic absurdities that flew rapid-fire into the audience.
Colbert’s comedy is deliberate, intense, intelligent and non-stop. He pokes fun at himself as much as politicians and other luminaries, so if your favorite political candidate gets picked on, it’s not for long as he segues to some other topic worth skewering. The Buffalo News’ review of the show may have gotten the punchlines right but failed to convey any sense of the delivery: sarcastic, satiric, thought-provoking or just plain funny.
Colbert was at his best when he did a Q&A session at the end of his performance. The best question: If he could name a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor after Jon Stewart, what would it be called and what would it contain? After mulling it for just a few moments, he said (and I paraphrase) “It would have to be a short pint…and contain matzo and gummy bears – I’d call it Chewie Jewie”.