Maybe the ‘syrup-suck­ers’ are all right

Co­me­dian Col­bert takes his show to Canada

Cape Breton Post - - NATIONAL - BY NICK PATCH

“Doesn’t he live in Los An­ge­les now?”

To Eruzione — a mem­ber of the U.S. team who up­set Rus­sia in the “Mir­a­cle on Ice” at the 1980 Olympics — Col­bert asked: “What do you think will be the mir­a­cle this year? Snow?”

And to Costas, Col­bert quipped: “ You’ve cov­ered Win­ter Games, Sum­mer Games, (and) what­ever sea­son this is.”

The out­door stage was dec­o­rated with tufts of cot­tony fake snow, plas­tic wildlife (a beaver, pen­guins and a moose that Costas even­tu­ally climbed at the urg­ing of the au­di­ence), a snow­man gnome dressed in Christ­mas colours, a ski rack and a totem pole with an ea­gle’s head. A snow ma­chine above Col­bert’s head pro­vided the only pre­cip­i­ta­tion on a dry, sunny Van­cou­ver morn­ing.

Fly­ers for the event fea­tured the words “ Van­cou­ver 2010: De­feat the World” and bore the im­age of a heroic-looking Col­bert, clutch­ing the Olympic torch while rid­ing a mas­sive ea­gle.

And while Col­bert’s self-prop­a­gated im­age as a salt-of-the-earth su­perAmer­i­can is in­tended with irony, the shriek­ing throngs present Wed­nes­day cer­tainly gave him a hero’s wel­come.

“(I’m) here to greet the sov­er­eign lord of the Col­bert na­tion,” said 22-year-old Van­cou­ver na­tive Kenneth Dodge, who showed up at 6 a.m., wrapped in a Cana­dian flag.

“It’s an un­for­get­table, epic ex­pe­ri­ence — like meet­ing the Pope.”

The Cana­dian Press

Stephen Col­bert holds up a Rorschach test poster while film­ing a seg­ment for his show at the Olympic Oval at the 2010 Olympic Win­ter Games in Rich­mond, B.C., Wed­nes­day.

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