Malala Yousafzai Proves She’s Better at Card Tricks Than Stephen Colbert

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Colbert Found Some of the Most Absurd Pope Francis Merchandise Money Can Buy.

Kerry Washington appeared on Friday’s episode of The Late Show and told Stephen Colbert that knowing a real-life political fixer and playing one on TV has helped her observe actual moments of spin in politics. “My character is inspired by a real woman named Judy Smith, who used to work in the first Bush White House — but did not have sex with that president, like I do on my show,” Washington told Colbert.

Colbert’s was pretty good – and a tickled Yousafzai, 18, told him, “You found the right person because I really believed you!” However, hers was better.It came as very little of a surprise to learn that Stephen Colbert, who has worn his Catholicism proudly since taking over “The Late Show,” dedicated Thursday’s entire episode to the visiting Pope Francis. Colbert asked the actress if any of the blatant trickery in D.C. scares her, but she said because she’s friends with Smith, it doesn’t frighten her. First she asked him to pick a number, then she dealt him out a card (the fifth from the deck, matching his number) and asked him to show it to the audience. In addition to promoting the documentary that chronicles her heroic stand against the Taliban in 2012, the 18-year-old discussed her continuous efforts to advocate for women’s education around the world and even performed some magic for Stephen Colbert.

He quoted a recent radio interview where Francis complained about fake friends. “I have felt used by people who presented themselves as my friends and whom I hadn’t seen more than once or twice in my life,” the Pope said earlier this month. “They have used that to their own benefit … I never had so many quote-unquote ‘friends.'” The host pulled another Francis quote from the same interview where the pope noted that “the Bible says to have one or two friends.” Colbert then joked that that quote proves that “Entourage is the work of the devil.” To comfort his new favorite pope, the comedian dedicated a rendition of James Taylor’s Carole King-penned hit “You’ve Got a Friend” to His Holiness. “Just chant out my name, and unless the traffic is bad, I’ll come runnin’, Frank baby, and we will transcend,” Colbert sang with Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste. On Thursday, Colbert aired a special pope episode — or “pope-isode,” as the host called it — the same day Pope Francis arrived in New York on the second stop of his three-city U.S. tour.

During Thursday night’s “pope-isode” of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Colbert took a quick beat to gawk at all of the ridiculous merchandise that savvy sellers have managed to wring from this visit. While the pontiff did not make an appearance – despite several humorous attempts on Colbert’s part to get him to stop by (a “humble” cardboard sign that read “Welcome, Frank”; a “humble” folding chair with the word “Pope” spray-painted on it), the “Late Show” host had a full slate of guests to make up for the loss: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Andrew Sullivan, Maria Shriver and Jim Gaffigan, or as Colbert described them, “A generous bouquet of American Catholics.” In honor of the pope’s U.S. visit, Colbert also welcomed an interfaith performance by the Jerusalem Youth Chorus and New York-based St. Gosar had refused to attend the Pope’s speech to Congress because of the religious leader’s concern for climate change. “I don’t give a flying flock what your personal doctrine is, you do not disrespect the Bishop of Rome,” Colbert said. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Their song choice however, might not be what you’d expect for the occasion – and you can hear the audience laughing in recognition – as the choirs put a spiritual spin on the secular tune “Joy to the World,” by Three Dog Night. “Late Show” house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human lent a musical hand as well.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. One has to wonder how it smells to Pope Francis, who once called capitalist excesses the “dung of the devil.” But as Colbert said, “What’s more forbidden than smelling like a 78-year-old celibate man?”

After he took viewers unfamiliar with Catholicism (“Enjoy eternity in limbo,” he said) through the history of the church and the papacy, Colbert recapped Pope Francis’ U.S. trip. Like you I was recently elevated to an influential position by an all-seeing power,” he said as a picture of the CBS eye logo popped up on screen. “You and I can be real friends.

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