As most people bustled themselves to their New Year’s Eve parties on Thursday night, or settled in for a movie marathon, board game night, or other merrimental activity to commemorate the start of a fresh calendar (perfectly acceptable to just go to bed at 11:00pm like I did on my grumpiest year a few years ago), the host of CBS’ The Late Show tried to get to a party he was throwing in New York City… and couldn’t quite get there. At least that’s what the litany of Tweets by Stephen Colbert told us.
The party he describes, entitled Stephen Colbert’s Boppin’ New Year’s Eve, is apparently the alternate-universe go-to televised countdown show, upending ABC’s Ryan Seacrest-hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He announced he’d be live-tweeting the fictional event beginning at 8:00pm Eastern Time, and that there’d be show-stopping numbers by Sir Paul McCartney and Pharrell Williams. But his tweets soon devolved into a series about how horrible the traffic is in New York City and how it looked like he wasn’t going to make it. Mr. Colbert apparently didn’t plan ahead for his not-at-all-real telecast.
You can read the entire hilarious saga below!
My favorite part of this is how he’s so optimistic at the beginning, “Shouldn’t take me more than 10 minutes. Tops!” And then it eventually becomes “What a terrible night.” Colbert has always been one of the best meta-comedians out there and this is exactly the kind of self-effacing performance art we’ve come to know and love from the TV personality.
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HT: Entertainment Weekly
Image: CBS/Worldwide Pants
Kyle Anderson is the Weekend Editor and a film and TV critic for Nerdist.com. Follow him on Twitter!