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Published on January 20th, 2012 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Video: Carolina in our past

Because providing occasional useless trivia about the Colbert Report is one of the things Third Beat does best, it would be negligent not to mention that the Stephen Colbert / James Taylor duet from Thursday night’s show was actually recorded in 2008, and never aired until now.

The rendition of Carolina In My Mind – a rather beautiful rendition – was taped when Taylor was a guest on the show in September 2008 (Taylor himself performed “(I’m A) Road Runner” on that episode).

Many would have figured this out solely from the lack of HD (somewhat disguised by the 2008 campaign clips inserted into the montage), but alert viewers would also notice an older-era Colbert portrait above the set’s fireplace (the “painting” is changed every year).

While the inserted video montage seemed a little random and… time-fillery? (hey, they do have a campaign rally to write for tomorrow), the truly impressive part of this time-travelling adventure is what the wardrobe department pulled off. They matched the tie. It’s exactly the same, from 2008 to 2012. That’s some dedicated continuity work, folks.

Video (US only):

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
James Taylor & Stephen Colbert – “Carolina in My Mind”
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

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About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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