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August 08 2012

Very funny Buffy shout-out on last night's Colbert Report. Joke begins at the 8:30 mark.

Wait...what? Full episode? And it plays? Here?
I remember lamenting when the Colbert full episode player went region locked. How long has it been back?
No clue, GreatMuppety, but sounds like you have a lot of episodes to catch up on. :)
Oh my God, heart palpitations! I did not think it was possible for me to love Stephen Colbert more.

And I never realized before, but has anyone else noticed there is a distinct resemblance to a certain Wesley Wyndham-Price there?
For the benefit of the people in the UK, what was the shout-out?
barboo I've thought that since the very first time I saw him. They have very similar facial structure. Except for that Vulcan ear of Colbert's. ;)
Simon, it's available in Belgium, so I assume it's also available in the UK?
Simon, I think it was this bit that was posted earlier today on FB...HERE

[ edited by alexreager on 2012-08-08 23:04 ]
Thanks, I did see a reference to the Wiki article on Tumblr earlier today but there wasn't a mention of the Colbert Report.
So it works in Sweden and Belgium, but not the UK? Slightly odd.
Not as odd as that it's not available in Canada. For Canadians you have to view it here,
For the benefit of UK peeps and anyone else who can't see it.

Jon Stewart was talking about Romney's Vice Presidential choice. One way that people predict who will be chosen is by noticing whose wiki page is updated frequently right before the announcement. When Sarah Palin was chosen, her page was updated 68 times. Therefore, based on frequency of wiki updates, his VP choice will be Season 6 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I wonder if he said Season 6 since its so controversial in the fandom.
eddy: I'm not familiar with the show+ but I'm inclined to take him at his word - that his writers and researchers checked and found it the most a ctively updated page at that site.

+ and don't care to be, so no recommendations please :-).
"So the number of times a Wikipedia page has been edited predicts the chances for the VP spot. Folks, we could be looking at Vice President Season Six of Buffy The Vampire Slayer."

checked and found it the most a ctively updated page at that site.

I just wrote read that on the Colbert Report Wikipedia page, so it must be true.
I think Colbert is wrong though. The Buffy Season 6 page is locked unless Wikipedia just did it recently.
I don't think the joke works. I get that it's a random silly-sounding pop culture reference, but it should be for something a lot more current that actually gets edited frequently

Like the Avengers. =)
Wikipedia has locked the pages of all the Republican VP hopefuls as a result of this gag. Obviously that includes the frontrunner: BtVS, Season Six.

(Frankly, he should go for Season Three; there's obvious administrative experience in a figure like the Mayor).
Does Belgium have Comedy Central? If so, that could be why it's working in some places and some places not. It could be that it's locked in countries that don't have a version of Comedy Central, or in countries where other companies have the license for the show.
Oh goodness. I just watched "Entropy" and couldn't bring myself to follow it up with "Seeing Red," so I thought I'd see what was going on over here at Whedonesque. And lo and behold, Stephen Colbert is talking about Season Six. You can't make this stuff up.
I assumed it was a joke about S6 being so controversial in the fandom, which not only works, but is hilariously fandom in-jokey. I thought it was super funny.
I wonder who on the Colbert Report staff is a Buffy fan.
I suppose it's better than having Season 7 for VP. We might end up like Sunnydale.
electricspacegirl -- judging by Colbert's pleased facial expression at the audience reaction to the reference, it might be himself, actually. It's been a while since I had time to watch this show regularly, but I seem to recall he has displayed a rather wide range of his own genre-related interests through his TV persona before (comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, etc). It's not that much of a stretch to think he might like Buffy and suggest to mention it on the show.

I mean, the same segment referenced HBO's "The Newsroom", so they seem to have gone a bit out of their way to reference something that's NOT currently on TV for the Buffy joke.
Loki, I was thinking that too, I just didn't want to make assumptions. But I do think Colbert liking Buffy is more likely than Oprah.
Indeed, I don't want to assume it either -- you'll note I did take care to say "might" -- but I cannot help but think it seems reasonably likely. Especially considering how pleased he seemed after making the joke.

Or as you say, at least more likely than Oprah ...
Bishop: are you participating in the Mark Watches Buffy/Angel screening also? Because, as Sir Lancelot might put it, c'est moi.
I'm not sure whether he was pleased the audience laughed at the joke because the reference still played despite the added obscurity (Buffy the Vampire Slayer isn't an uncommon reference, but being specific to season 6 is) or that he's pleased that maybe some people "got" the hidden joke.

And yes, Stephen Colbert is a geek.
He definitely deserves a cameo in the next Avengers movie for this!
@barboo well, he could try running for president in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He did run in the main Marvel comics universe a while back.
@DaddyCatALSO: I wasn't, but now I am! I just serendipitously seem to be at exactly the same point of the show as he is. A happy coincidence: thanks for pointing it out to me!
Didn't Colbert cameo in Buffy season 8?
Yes, Colbert is in the Harmony one-shot. LOVED the shout-out, it's not the first Whedon-related reference that's been on the series.
To people in the UK who want to see the Colbert video, I have three little words:

Firefox modify headers

(Search in YouTube for it if you have no idea what I am talking about)
Kiddo, I've never managed to get that to work.
If Romney had chosen S6 BTVS as his running mate instead of Ryan, I may actually have been persuaded to vote the Republican ticket for the first time in my life.
what i liked more than the joke itself were the robust cheers he got from his audience---always nice to know there are buffy fans around.

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