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Live Discussion Thread: The Daytime Emmy Awards!

June 20, 2011 5 comments

The Daytime Emmy Awards will be airing tonight at 8/7c on CBS. The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear had four nominations, which were presented on Friday, June 17th, at the Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy Awards presentation (try saying that three times fast).

Continue reading for the nominees and winners (in bold). And a bonus video!

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Stephen Colbert at the Tony Awards

June 13, 2011 3 comments

For your viewing pleasure: HQ video of Stephen’s appearances at last night’s Tony Awards!

Live Discussion Thread: The Tony Awards!

June 13, 2011 7 comments

Tony Awards Stephen ColbertThe Tony Awards are on tonight at 8/7c on CBS, featuring a performance by the cast of “Company”.

Go here for live video of the red carpet, beginning at 6pm EST.

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“Spirit of Juno” Arrives in Bermuda.

Back on Dry Land Stephen Colbert Talks to Bernews. has posted two brief interviews with Stephen and a gallery full of wonderful eye candy:

Spirit of Juno Crew Stephen Colbert

Spirit of Juno Crew

“Spirit of Juno” Finishes Second in the Charleston to Bermuda Race.

Our intrepid sailer returned to dry land in the early hours of Saturday morning. Despite being a little bit frazzled from his adventure Stephen managed to stop for this brief interview with Shelly Warters from Ondeck Sailing … and no doubt to tease the fangirls with his scruffy beard!!

(Thanks to gentoo for the clip)

Colbert and “Spirit of Juno” Finish but Fall Short.

For Stephen Colbert and his crewmates on board the OnDeck Farr 65 The Spirit of Juno, the 2011 Charleston Bermuda Race came down to the wire. Colbert and company spent most of the last six days sailing neck and neck with their closet rival, the Shipman 63 Tucana. During the final 10 hours of action, the victory slipped from their grasp. It was a case of too little too late as the leader of Colbert Nation and his fellow crew couldn’t muster enough speed to catch Tucana.

Yesterday evening, Tucana crossed the finish line just east of St. Georges Channel on Bermuda at 7:46:12 p.m. EDT. At the time, Spirit of Juno was roughly 25 miles behind her, well within striking distance. With the respective handicap ratings factored in (Tucana rates -54 and Juno rates -33) the Shipman owes the Farr time, roughly 4.5 hours on this course, and that differential would determine the final standings. Unfortunately for Colbert and company, the winds moderated after sunset, and the Spirit of Juno wasn’t able to maintain sufficient speed to arrive at the line in time. She finished at approximately 4:00 a.m. EDT today.

The crew on board Spirit of Juno spent their initial hours on Bermuda in St. Georges Harbor, awaiting daylight. They then proceeded to motor to Hamilton Harbor and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club where, after clearing customs, Colbert was expected to talk with the media about his voyage.


Tucana First To Finish 2011 Charleston to Bermuda Race.

To the swift go the spoils, or so the saying goes, and the Shipman 63 Tucana – with her Charleston-based crew – was nothing if not swift, at least she was for much of this 777-mile race. Sailing under full main and genoa, she crossed the finish line just East of St. Georges’ Channel around 8pm EDT this evening. Her official time will be posted tomorrow.


Despite their elation about finishing first overall in this contest, Hank Hofford, Susan Ford and the rest of Tucana’s crew won’t really relax until they learn the finish time of the OnDeck Farr 65 Spirit of Juno, their closest rival on the course. With a Performance Handicap Racing Fleet rating (PHRF) of -54 (Juno rates -33), Tucana must give her rival 21 seconds per mile. The race officials will multiply those 21 seconds by the course length to determine the margin by which Tucana must finish in front of Juno in order to beat her. Rough calculations indicate that Juno has to finish within four and a half hours of Tucana in order to secure victory. As of the 9:00 p.m. position update, the Spirit of Juno was still 36 miles from the finish, moving at only 4.5 knots. In the words of Lenny Kravitz, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.”


Stephen Colbert Checks into Race Headquaters as Light Winds Set In.

“Wednesday, 5:04 p.m. “180 miles off Bermuda. First of all, would someone please call the Hamilton Fairmont and cancel Stephen’s massage for tomorrow morning? Thanks a bunch. In the last 48 hours we’ve seen sperm whales breaching, a family of dolphins playing in our bow wake, devil rays, and Man O’ War. Now we are alone. A speck of white moving over and under fields of endless blue. Winds are light and variable. We have put up our Audi spinnaker (which is roughly the size of Denmark), and we crawl toward glory at the blistering pace of 4 knots. And by blistering, we mean what’s happening to our skin in the merciless rays of the sun.”

“In these conditions, it is more important than ever to keep up your fluid intake, or else suffer the serious effects of dehydration: fatigue, dizziness, and hallucinations. Thankfully, so far…Spiders! Spiders everywhere! They’re coming out of the sails! Kill them with fire!”

The Spirit of Juno

p.s. Did that Rapture thing happen last Saturday? You know what, don’t tell us. We’ve got it TiVOed.

Source: BYM Sailing & Sports News.

Charleston to Bermuda Race Update: “Spirit of Juno” Takes the Lead for the First Time.

Stephen Colbert aboard Spirit of Juno

It’s official. After five days of racing, the leader of Colbert Nation is now out in front for the first time. Stephen Colbert, renowned star of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” and his crew of friends on board the chartered OnDeck Farr 65 Spirit of Juno, edged their way to the front of the 11-boat fleet this afternoon. Colbert and company benefitted from stronger breezes due to their more northerly position on the race course, while just to the south, the erstwhile leader – Hank Hofford and Susan Ford on board the Shipman 63 Tucana – found themselves slowing down in very light winds.

Moving into the No. 1 position has been a long time coming for Colbert, who proclaimed himself to be the “greatest sailor in the world” in Sailing World magazine’s May issue. After his yacht was the last to cross the starting line on Saturday, it looked as though Juno’s fate would be to follow Tucana all the way to Bermuda. But the crew aboard Juno has been nothing if not persistent, and their determination finally paid off today.

Out on this sector of the North Atlantic, the wind speeds stayed relatively steady throughout the day until mid afternoon. During that time, the wind direction was moving around from the southwest to the east, meaning that the competitors in this biennial race to Bermuda would now have to contend with headwinds. It appears that Tucana was the first one of the 11 to experience this shift because she began slowing down as of the 3:00 p.m. position report and made one distinct course alteration.

As an additional consequence of this shift in the winds, the majority of the fleet is now much closer together than it was at this time yesterday. As of 5:00 p.m. this evening, five of the 11 entries were within a 250-square-mile area, with the two Shipman 63s (Tucana and Vladimir Zinchenko’s Yanosha) were sailing virtually neck-and-neck.


Stephen Colbert Checks in from the “Spirit Of Juno”.

Stephen sent this email to race headquarters Sunday night:

“Dear land-based life forms,”

“Fantastic day. We started with windless bobbing from 4:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. We punctuated this inertia by catching, on a hand line, two mahi-mahi, a very beautiful fish-fish! They both were laid to rest in a small Tupperware coffin surrounded by lime juice and chopped onions.

“Spent the afternoon dodging wind holes and watching dolphins play in our bow wake. We’ve also been introducing our English crew to the joys of grits. They are dubious, but too polite to admit they tossed it overboard.

“We are on four hour watches and lucky to get three hours’ sleep at a time. Those of you familiar with totalitarian regimes will remember that sleep deprivation is one way that dictators break their enemies.

“We are in good position thanks to our skipper, Tim Scarisbrick, first mate Bertie Whitley and second mate Chris Miller.

“We all smell wonderful. See you in Bermuda!”

Source: Charleston Bermuda Race.