Maybe the ‘syrup-suckers’ are all right
Comedian Colbert takes his show to Canada
“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.”
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.