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Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert Attracts Huge, Enthusiastic Crowd at Science World For Live Taping of Show

Colbert backstage in a photo by Anna Ling Kaye

Sunny skies and a bald-headed eagle flying overhead were in Stephen Colbert’s favor this morning as he taped his comedy show The Colbert Report in Creekside Park next to Science World. The U.S comedian has been poking fun at Canadians since December, calling them “ice-holes” and “syrup-suckers,” but that did not seem to deter the hundreds of local fans who gathered at the muddy park, some since 7 or 8 in the morning.


Colbert was clearly energized by the crowd, responding to comments and making ad-lib jokes. He opened with the quip, “thank you so much for coming out. Isn’t there anything else to do in Vancouver this week?” Wearing a red and blue sports blazer, Colbert had made his stage cozy with an assortment of winter paraphernalia including a stuffed moose, a thunderbird totem pole, a rack of snowshoes, and a stuffed beaver. Fake snow dusted the Canadian and American flags. Colbert’s set also prominently featured a poster of himself riding a bald-headed eagle, designed by Shepard Fairey.


Colbert went on to tape a full episode of his show, which included interviews with Michael Buble, and NBC’s Bob Costas. Colbert and Buble performed the Canadian National Anthem together, with Colbert keeping tune but singing the words to the US anthem. Buble told the Vancouver Observer that singing with Colbert was “great. We might go on the road, kind of as the new Simon and Garfunkle. It’s called Col-ble. Like Coldplay, but I see us as being much cooler than Chris Martin.”


Colbert toasted marshmallows on an open fire with Costas, and convinced him to ride the stuffed moose. Colbert closed the taping with the words, “it doesn’t matter if you’re Canadian, Asian or European. One thing unites you. You’re not American.”


Vancouver resident Dena Ellery switched her vacation days to be at the tapings, arriving at 8 a.m. “It’s as good as Como, Mexico,” she said. “I’ve been sucking the syrup all morning.” Another fan, dressed as a bear, confessed he called in sick at work to see Colbert.


Colbert will be also be taping at Creekside Park on the morning of February 18, 2010. The episodes will air on Comedy Central during the last week of the Winter Olympics.


Dena Ellery changed her vacation plans to see Stephen Colbert tape live in Vancouver. The Colbert stage is behind her.

Colbert backstage...

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