Jessica on Colbert

Feministing‘s Jessica Valenti was on The Colbert Report last night:

I would have shit myself being that near to Stephen Colbert.

Disregarding that exceedingly low benchmark, Jessica did a fine job indeed.



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11 responses to “Jessica on Colbert

  1. I would like, if I may, to avoid the visual of you shitting yourself.


  2. Melissa McEwan

    I would like, if I may, to avoid the visual of you shitting yourself.

    Granted. It was figurative, anyway, lol.

  3. Ms. Valenti was great–full of youthful energy but still admirably poised. It’s really, really hard to do press on TV because you want to say so much in such a short period of time, and suddenly there are these cameras aimed at you (as they said in Tootsie, think of them as something friendly, like a firing squad) and everything you wanted to say flies out of your head as this wave of pure terror flows over you. Poise is what determines whether or not you can somehow lift your head above the terror, gasp for air, and carry on a conversation as if speaking in front of millions of people is something you do every day of your life–the most normal thing in the world. And Jessica was very poised. If she was remotely nervous, it didn’t show at all. Brava!

    (And yeah, Liss, I’d probably have fainted being that close to Steven Colbert, even though I’m old enough to be his big sister.)

  4. That was incredible. I’ve seen so many people with way more experience just fumble through interviews, especially in a setting like that. Colbert gives people the ultimate setup to look good, but they have to be ready for it.

    I suppose that being a foul-mouthed, vituperative blogger was good preparation for Colbert’s unpredictable questions and statements.

  5. I was really tired last night; I had a hard time keeping myself awake for the interview. I do vaguely recall wondering about the camera angles, though, it seemed like the cameras were pulled back to show Jessica’s legs a lot more than usual.

  6. Any minute now, Ann Althouse is going to say something snarky about the fact that Jessica has legs — and you could see them on the Tee Vee!

  7. And her arms were partially bare, too! Gasp.

  8. That was terrific. She did a great job. As litbrit said, very poised. I would’ve been a nervous wreck. Just from being seated across from that funny, quick, simply awesome — my absolute favorite, Stephen Colbert.

    Can you tell how much I love that guy?

  9. I loved seeing him almost lose it when she asked “Besides she-males and Girls Gone Wild?”

    “Is there anything else to feminism?” His mouth does that I Will Not Laugh thing. Awesome. πŸ˜€

  10. Nik E Poo

    The first word that pops into my mind is scrumptious.

    Normally, pregnant pauses in interviews are uncomfortable … but in this one … it felt like two friends … sitting together, enjoying each other’s company … not feeling compelled to fill the air with idle talk.

  11. SAP

    chet and lit,

    πŸ˜€ That was the first thing I thought as I saw her reach over and shake Colbert’s hand: I could just picture Althouse hyperventilating, “OMG SHE JUST FLASHED HER BREASTS TO HIM!!! AND SHE’S WEARING A SHORT SKIRT!11!!”

    Having said that, Jessica was awesome last night.

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