I hear my name, and I run out. I grab the mic, I run around, I throw it up in the air, watch it flip 3 or 4 times, catch it. I welcome everybody to the show, and then I answer questions for about 5-10 minutes. By that point the control room’s completely ready, and then I say ‘y’all ready to do the show?’ and they say ‘yes!’ en masse, and then I go ‘alright!’ and throw the mic to my stage manager. I get on the podium and sit behind the desk and then last looks. I have my face touched up again, mic gets adjusted on my tie by sound. And then it’s just me and my make up artist, she does last look of my face, my hair is so helmety, she does last touches on my hair. As she touches down my hair, I’ll brush down the back of her head, as if we’re about to kiss or something like that. And if the audience is paying attention, they’ll laugh. If they don’t laugh at that moment, I know that I have to work a little bit harder at the top of the show to get them to pay attention to me. But that’s my test. And then we do the show.
Only reason I use twitter is for interactions like this.
America (The Book), Stephen’s bit
Stephen Colbert reports on the viral video that is poking everyone’s heart. Click here to watch.
StoryCorps Gala | October 9, 2014