Out-of-Character Stephen Colbert Explains Where the Other Stephen Colbert Came From

In the pandemonium that surrounded the series finale of “The Colbert Report,” many people wondered what Stephen Colbert would be like when he wasn’t in character as eagle-loving, self-absorbed, ill-informed fake political pundit. Little did they know that Colbert has done numerous interviews over the year out of character.

In this clip from 2012, Stephen Colbert chats with Oprah about how “The Colbert Report” even came to be.

In this documentary footage from the green room of “The Colbert Report” in 2007, out-of-character Stephen Colbert meets with then-Senator John Kerry to give him a rundown of how “The Colbert Report” works. “Are you familiar with what we do here?” Colbert asks. When John Kerry replies that he is, Colbert quips “Well, you know that I’m in character, and I’m an idiot.”

In this clip from an interview at Harvard University, Colbert explains why fake-pundit Colbert works better as a conservative than as a liberal.

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Delayed Reactions: Best Dressed at the 2014 Emmy Awards

So, this post comes a week late. I’ve been so exhausted after work lately that I’ve been rather lax when it comes to this blog. But better late than never. Here are my 12 favorite looks from this year’s awards, along with my snarky observations and useless knowledge.

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CLAIRE DANES in GIVENCHY (via Hollywood Life),
KERRY WASHINGTON in head-to-toe PRADA (via Hollywood Life),
JANUARY JONES in PRABAL GURUNG (via Buzzfeed)

For some reason, I always get January Jones and Claire Danes confused, and now their red dresses have only made me double-take even more. I love both dresses, but Claire wins in a fashion-face off, mainly because of her fabulous hair (January, what in the world are your bangs doing?! They look like straw).

I was a bit on the fence about Kerry Washington’s ensemble. I love the Olivia-Pope-approved nod to Prada, but the silver sparkles on the dress make it look like something a pre-teen beauty pageant contestant would wear. However, I soon hopped off the fence because I think the random black panel is beautifully edgy, and Kerry’s hair and makeup are divine.

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NATALIE DORMER in J. MENDEL (via Buzzfeed)
TEYONAH PARRIS in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed),
SARAH HYLAND in CHRISTIAN SIRIANO (via Buzzfeed)

Look at all the fun color blocking! Also, nobody is more shocked than me that Sarah Hyland ended up on my best dressed list. She looks like a complete fashion trainwreck on Instagram, so I was pleasantly surprised to see how chic she looked on the red carpet.

Teyonah Parris (a.k.a. Dawn, Don Draper’s secretary on “Mad Men”) looks fabulous in this neon dress, and her whole look is so drastically different than her 60’s style on the show that I didn’t even recognize her at first!

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KIERNAN SHIPKA in ANTONIO BERARDI (via Buzzfeed),
KATE WALSH in STEPHANE ROLLAND COUTURE (via Hollywood Life),
MICHELLE DOCKERY in ROSIE ASSOULIN (via Yahoo!)

Some of the more unique looks on the carpet. Kiernan Shipka is one of my fashion icons – and she’s only 15 years old! She is so poised and fashion-forward, and despite starring on a show like “Mad Men” for so many years, she seems to be so grounded (in other words, the complete opposite of somebody like Miley Cyrus or Lindsay Lohan). #GirlCrush

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LIZZY CAPLAN in DONNA KARAN ATELIER (via Yahoo!)
MELISSA McCARTHY in (via Buzzfeed)
LENA HEADEY in RUBIN SINGER (via Buzzfeed)

Janice Ian from “Mean Girls” sure does clean up nice! Lizzy Caplan’s dress was probably my second favorite look of the night (after Kiernan Shipka’s). The white train was an awesome touch. Also, this is the best Melissa McCarthy has ever looked. This gothic-looking ball gown is too pretty!

5 More TV Characters’ Wardrobes I’d Like to Raid

As you may recall, I wrote a post a few months ago with a list of five of my favorite TV character’s wardrobes. Well, there are just so many fashionistas on television that I decided I needed to create another post. Here are some fictional ladies, in no particular order, who I wouldn’t mind going shopping with.

Spencer Hastings (Pretty Little Liars)

I will be the first to admit that when I randomly ran across an episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” I thought Spencer was one of the moms on the show. I mean, out of the four main characters, she looks least like a teenager. That being said, I am now a full-fledged PLL fan, and I think Spencer does have a rather spectacular wardrobe. I love the random animal prints on her outfits, and her cute cardigans. She’s like a walking Anthropologie ad.

Olivia Pope (Scandal)

You cannot talk about “Scandal” without talking about Olivia Pope’s clothes. She is the master of wearing gray, black, and white. Her wardrobe is filled with Prada handbags, Gucci coats, and Dolce & Gabbana blouses. The beauty of Olivia’s wardrobe is that it is stylish, but still practical. She wears outfits that any girl could wear to work.

Lydia Martin (Teen Wolf)

I had to a do little research in order to figure out Lydia’s last name. I swear it’s never been mentioned on the show itself. In any case, Lydia wears the cutest floral dresses and quirky button downs, but always pairs them with something a little edgy – like a leather jacket or skirt.

Donna Paulson (Suits)

Donna is easily my favorite character on “Suits.” She’s sassy, she’s smart, she’s the best legal secretary you could ask for, and she’s so very stylish. Her gorgeous red hair is always curled to perfection, and her dresses are the epitome of both class and chic. Not gonna lie: in a competition between her and Rachel (who was on my previous TV character wardrobe list), Donna wins hands down.

Mellie Grant (Scandal)

Pretty much all the women on “Scandal” are immaculately dressed. First Lady Mellie Grant can often be rather evil, but her wardrobe is so sweet and dainty. She’s never without a strand of pearls, and she rocks color-coordinated cardigans and fit-and-flare dresses like nobody’s business. Plus, her beautiful hair adds an extra presidential touch.

Top 6 Funniest Moments in “Boy Meets World” History

The greatest TV sitcom of the 90’s was “Friends.” The greatest TV sitcom of the 90’s that was aimed at pre-teens and teens was “Boy Meets World.”

Disney is trying to recreate the magic of “Boy Meets World” with its spinoff series, “Girl Meets World,” but the latter has some pretty big shoes to fill. BMW was ahead of it’s time, in some ways. It was meta, it was filled with double entendres, and it never assumed that its younger viewers were idiots.

In honor of the masterpiece that is BMW (the show, not the car, you nut. Haven’t you picked up on that by now?), I thought I’d throw together a list of some of my favorite scenes in BMW history. Share yours below in the comments!

We’re gonna go by Friends-esque titles for these episodes, mmkay?

1. The One Where Shawn Uses His Horror-Movie Knowledge

This was the first episode of BMW that I ever saw. It was the Halloween episode one year when I was elementary school. I must have caught it after “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” came on.

The episode revolves around Shawn’s inability to cope with Cory and Topanga’s breakup. He is so distraught in class that Feeny gets mad and puts everyone in detention. When Feeny disappears, the group realizes something has gone horribly wrong. The episode makes fun of every horror-movie cliche in the book – mostly courtesy of Shawn. Years later, Rider Strong, who played Shawn, commented that this was the funniest episode they ever filmed.

2. The One Where Eric Wants to Fight Fictional Crime

After graduating from high school, Eric basically turns into a hermit. He watches daytime TV all day in a bathrobe and eats giant bowls of cereal. When his parents try to force him to get a job, he announces that his plan is to become a TV detective. He even comes up with his own theme song, which makes me LOL to this day.

3. The One Where the Show Points Out Its New Time Slot

Topanga is babysitting a kid named Billy, and Cory shows up uninvited. Topanga tries to send Billy back to bed, but he refuses, saying he HAS to watch “the Friday night lineup” (a nod to ABC’s TGIF lineup – the time frame when shows like “Boy Meets World” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” aired in real life). The exchange between Cory and Billy is priceless.

4. The One Where Eric Can’t Stop Setting Fires

Cory can’t decide whether Eric or Shawn should be his best man at his wedding. Eric’s attempts to convince Cory that he is the best choice go horribly wrong.

5. The One With the Duckies

Eric offers his interior decorating advice while his mom tries to select wallpaper for the new baby’s nursery. Not only do we learn that duckies are the “horse-ys of the ocean,” but we also find out why Eric is so weird.

6. The One Where Eric Decides He’s a Lawyer

Cory has to appear before the dean at a disciplinary hearing. The charge? He shoved a professor who had tried to make a move on Topanga. Eric storms into the hearing to save Cory in a rather dramatic fashion.

Pretty Little Liars was Renewed for 2 More Seasons… and Fans are NOT Pleased

On the same day as ABCFamily’s teen mystery drama “Pretty Little Liars” (PLL) was set to premiere its fifth season, news broke that the series had been renewed for an additional two seasons. While the show has a rabid fan base, folks were not happy that it will take at least another two years before PLL’s four main characters will figure out who has been stalking and tormenting them (a mysterious person who only identifies themselves as “A”) since the beginning of the series.

The showrunners of PLL probably were not expecting the following reactions from fans when they proudly posted the news on their Facebook page yesterday.

Some fans just want freedom:

Some fans turned to memes to voice their frustration:

Lots of fans are worried that they will be grandparents before they find out who “A” is:

Some fans have their own theories about how the show will drag this whole “A” thing out:

They are justing waiting for “B” to show up:

Personally, I think these reactions are both right on point and hilarious. The show is turning into a joke, and ABCFamily should end it on a high note rather than dragging it out. “A” supposedly revealed themselves in last night’s episode, but knowing the way this show works, that person really isn’t “A.”

P.S. I know I said I was going to be posting less frequently for the next few weeks, but this was too good to pass up on. Clearly I have no self-control when it comes to teenage soap operas. Carry on.

What Happens When You Don’t Live with a Roommate Anymore

A list of epiphanies, fears, and problems that arise when you find yourself living alone after years of living with another human.

1) You finally have to get your own Netflix account. But when you log in, you realize you have no idea what episode of “Mad Men” you are actually on, and that this account has no clue that you love “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” It’s like Netflix has forgotten who you are. WE WATCHED “MITT” TOGETHER, NETFLIX! How could you forget?! #insulted

2) When you hear a suspicious noise in the middle of the night, you can no longer comfort yourself with the thought of “Oh, that was probably just Roommate getting a glass of water,” or “Oh, that was just Roommate’s cat kicking a candle across the living room.” #WishfulThinking

3) Speaking of scary things, you can no longer watch “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Minds,” “Sherlock,” or any other mystery/detective/crime show without having to sleep with the light on for the next three days.

4) When you’re watching your favorite TV show and something dumb, insane, or confusing happens, you have no one to instantly discuss your qualms or surprise with. #CanYouBelieveThatJustHappened?!

5) There’s no one to share your dinner or baked goods with anymore.

6) You are more inclined to leave random things lying about. Curling iron on the bathroom floor? NBD. Sugar and coffee grinds left on the counter? Clean it up later. Mail stacking up on the end table in the living room? Indifference.

7) But yet, you feel more responsibility because suddenly you’re the one paying all the bills. You know, instead of just paying half or just handing your roommate a check every month.

8) There’s nobody to talk to face-to-face when you come home every day. #ForeverAlone

9) You use up your dishes fairly quickly, but there aren’t enough dishes in the dishwasher to actually justify running it, so you often find yourself debating what to do.

10) You basically live in your bedroom, and you only emerge to grab food in the kitchen (to take back to your room) or use the bathroom.#hermit

11) There is no one to say “good night” or “good morning” to anymore.

12) If you suddenly realize that you’ve run out of something (soap, band-aids, bread, etc.) just when you really need it, you can’t just walk ten steps into their room and ask for it. You actually have to go to the grocery store yourself.

13) If you lock yourself out of your apartment or house, you’re gonna have to break a window or call a locksmith, because nobody’s gonna come let you in.

14) You can literally spend an entire weekend without seeing another human being – i.e., never leaving your house or bedroom. This may result in stir-craziness, an exorbitant amount of television consumption, and a severe lack of vitamin D. #NoSunlight

15) You realize just how inferior Apple’s version of FaceTime is to real-life face time.

Is there anything else you would add to the list?

5 TV Characters’ Wardrobes I Wish I Could Steal

1. Jess Day (New Girl)

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The quirky twenty-something (thirty-something?) wears her polka dots, bows, and dresses loudly and proudly. Her outfits are whimsical, but still demure enough that you could wear them to work. I love that she wears bold colors and funny patterns, and mixes super girly elements (like the aforementioned bows) with more tailored pieces (like tailored shorts or a crisp button-down). I guess I’m not the only one infatuated with Jess’s wardrobe; there are quite a few blogs devoted to it (including Dress Like New Girl, What Was Jess Wearing?, and What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear?).

2. Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

Claire Underwood is probably one of the most morally-corrupt and ice-cold characters on TV. However, her wardrobe is to die for. She’s notorious for wearing high-end designers like Zac Posen, Gucci, and L’Wren Scott, but she occasionally busts out some Reiss and Banana Republic numbers. The only downside to Claire’s closet is that all her outfits are in neutral colors: black, white, gray, blue. A different pop of color wouldn’t hurt, Claire!

3. Rachel Zane (Suits)

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Rachel Zane knows how rock a pencil skirt at work. She also knows how to dress it down when she’s at home (love that cable knit sweater!). And look how polished she is when she sits for the LSAT (bottom right photo)! Stunning.

4. Abby Whelan (Scandal)

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For the first two seasons of Scandal, Abby’s clothes were pretty drab. But now she’s in love with David Rosen, and it appears that her life and wardrobe are looking up. She’s ditched the oversized sweaters and replaced them with wrap dresses, funky printed pieces (Diane Von Furstenberg), and leather jackets.

5. Betty Draper (Mad Men)

Betty has to come in last place mainly because some of her outfits would look a bit crazy anywhere other than a 1960s themed party. That being said, a lot of the cocktail dresses, fitted capris, and coats Betty wears (at least in the first season or two – forgive me, but I’ve just started watching the show) would actually be quite fashionable even today. They are rather reminiscent of the Jess Day’s outfits, now that I think about it.