Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Colbert Edition


This is a sad week for me as I have to say goodbye to one of my favorite programs. After 9 years on the air, The Colbert Report will end tomorrow night. Stephen Colbert is moving on to take over Letterman’s hosting duties on The Late Show over at CBS and while I wish him well I am going to really miss The Report. Not only was it must-see viewing because it was a biting satire, but it also was a show that helped people understand politics and become more informed about their government. He was able to explain Super PACs to millions of people – something that as a former political science professor, I can appreciate the difficulty of doing. He made us laugh, but he also did good; he used his platform to call attention to a lot of issues and to raise money for multiple charities. The Colbert Report was part of my daily routine – after a stressful day at work (and lately there are no other days), I could come home and relax with the 1-2 punch of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report (with The Tonight Show for dessert).  I’d laugh, I’d keep up on current events and I’d briefly forget about whatever was driving me crazy that day. It’s just not going to be the same without the show and the character that he has created.

So Thursday is going to be a rough day for me – on top of saying goodbye to Stephen Colbert, the character, it is also the finale of the first season of the Serial podcast. This is way too much change. I don’t like change. I don’t know if I can handle this.

While I try to adjust to this brave new world, check out this week’s pop culture roundup. This may be the holiday season, but there is still plenty going on in the world of pop. So take a break from your holiday preparation, kick back and get yourself caught up on some of the stories you may have missed.

  • Here’s a rap about listening to Serial:


  • I so want to be friends with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt:


  • I hate snow and winter, but for Jon Hamm I’d move to Alaska:


The Sony hack is the gift that keeps on giving if you love celebrity gossip. So far we have learned:

  • Sir Ian McKellen dropped by Sesame Street:


  • Production has wrapped on the final season of Parks and Recreation.

  • Liam Neeson has teamed up with Linked In to promote Tak3n:


  • Here’s the oral history of my favorite part of Big Hero 6 – the Baymax fist bump.
  • Here’s Mark Ruffalo in a commercial from 1989:




  • Beyoncé released a short film:


Now for some trailers

  • Pixar’s Inside Out:


  • Mad Max: Fury Road:


  • Season Three of The Americans:


  • The first look at The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore:


  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2:


  • Insurgent – the sequel to Divergent:


  • The Little Prince:


  • A red band trailer for Kingsman: The Secret Service:


  • Sean Penn in The Gunman:


  • Season two of Broadchurch:


  • Cinderella:


  • A teaser for Glee’s final season:


  • Christian Bale in Knight of Cups:


  • Bill Nye explains evolution with emoji:


  • Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, has passed away.


As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts

  • Taylor Swift’s 1989 album in three minutes:


  • Here’s every on-screen death in the Lord of the Rings trilogy:


  • Here’s a Star Trek/Parks and Recreation mashup:



  • A supercut of parties in the movies:


  • A mashup of the best viral videos of 2014:


  • A supercut of the 4th season of Conan:


  • Bing Crosby sings death metal for Christmas:


  • A mashup of Darlene Love performing “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on Letterman:


  • Here’s another mashup of the year in music:


  • This is the first year my Pumpkin has seen a Christmas tree. Let’s hope it goes better than this:


  • Here’s a supercut of the best Christmas trees from TV:


  • And finally, The Hobbit meets The Office: