Stephen Colbert, the liberal satirist who runs his own fake news show The Colbert Report, recently did a two part segment about a life sized wax figure that was made of him at Madame Tussauds's wax museum in Washington DC. The museum immortalizes famous figures who have contributed to society in their museum. People like JFK, FRD, Harriet Tubman. They also have figure that resemble celebrities like Colbert.
As Colbert noted "being cast in wax is true immortality, as long as the earth is not in any way getting warmer".
Colbert is a master at conveying political and social commentary through satire. By communicating important observations and opinions through humour, he is able to reach a wider audience. The audience is more receptive because the information is being conveyed in a non-abrasive manner. Colbert's work is brilliant and this two part segment was no exception.
Colbert's friend Jon Stewart (who also runs a fake news show) has a team of news correspondents that preform hilarious reports and interviews. In a similar fashion Colbert sometimes treats his audience with a non-live interview or engagement with some person, like in his interviews with Maurice Sendak or his Migrant Workers piece (where he went to experience the life of a migrant worker to highlight the hardships, etc). In this two part segment Colbert preforms a hilarious piece.
When examining the museum's life like eyeballs (which they use in their figures) he asks "do these come from Chinese prisoners?". Similarly, when observing a wax figure of Yoko Ono, he asked if the Beatles used to be there but when they installed Yoko, did they all just leave?
His guide around the wax museum was a pretty tightly wound young man, who was only occasionally, very slightly amused by Colbert's antics. But generally felt that Colbert was disrespectful towards the people who represented the Adding to the hilarity of the segment. Personally I felt Colbert was hilarious and that he upholds respect for all of the individuals he poked fun at, he simply utilized their reputations to develop humour.
He made a walk through a wax museum interesting, engaging and hilarious. This guide seemed to want him to remain silent in solemn reverence. Colbert respects Lincoln and Harriet Tubman. He's a satirical genius and the character he plays lets him communicate his intelligence to the world through humour.
It's ultimately a segment you have to watch yourself, because clearly Colbert conveys the humour far better than any written script could.
His wax figure was incredibly life like and quite impressive. Colbert was funny as ever and I recommend watching the segment.