Saturday, January 19, 2008

Preparing for the Report

Neil Shubin (of Tiktaalik fame) recounts his preparation for his "Colbert Report" appearance on Pharyngula. Interesting reading, especially his insight on adapting the precise scientific vocabulary to a serve the needs of a five-minute segment on a comedy show whose main character parodies an ignorant conservative rabble-rouser.

The cool thing (among many) about Colbert is that he helps real scientists, using his character's silly questions to serve as platforms for the better ones like Shubin or Neil deGrasse Tyson to make their points. The ultimate compliment (as mentioned by the commenters) is when Colbert seems to step out of character to ask a real question.

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