Stephen Colbert managed to do The Colbert Report last night despite the fact most other late night hosts had the night off, and despite the fact that, as he put it, “I believe I am vomiting bone marrow.” Dressed in a bathrobe, bunny slippers and his Nana’s blanket (“I’ve gotta say, she put up quite a fight when I took it. You are strong, Nana, those aquarobics are working.”) on a pared down version of his set, Colbert was obviously sick as a dog, but he managed to make it into a theme of his show.
“Nation, I am sick. I am not kidding. I have a fever and there is nothing left in my stomach,” he opened, before holding up a plastic cup of what he called Gatorade “to replenish my electrolytes, and because I am always open to intrusive sponsorship. Gatorade – is it in you? Because it won’t be in me for long.”
He filled up some time by cutting to an interview he did a month ago with Cindy Cohn from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a protector of constitutional rights on the internet, but he also interviewed economist Paul Krugman live in the studio about the fact that Congress rejected extending unemployment benefits, as well as Dr. Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist who claims we’ll have invisibility cloaks, teleportation and time machines before we know it. That conversation got strange enough to prompt Stephen to say “Are you actually here, or is my fever just so high that I’m hallucinating that there is a Japanese man with crazy long hair talking about reading the mind of God?”