Colbert Roast


The tables were turned on Stephen Colbert the other night when he was the subject of a withering barrage of insults and good-spirited abuse at the 20th Annual Roast for Spina Bifida at the Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. (the same location of his infamous press gallery appearance two years ago when he hilariously skewered the Bush administration).

The Huffington Post has a bootleg video that features shtick by future Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel followed by Colbert’s own remarks (which are priceless). It will be nice to see a better quality version emerge from C-SPAN via YouTube.

Speaking of roasts, here’s one from 2005 featuring Emanuel being ribbed by his former colleague and now boss that C-SPAN rebroadcast the other week:

Best line was in reference to Emanuel’s middle finger getting partly amputated in an accident with a meat slicer while working at a deli many years ago which “rendered him practically mute.”