September 21st, 2008
11:04 PM ET
Finally some action in the Emmy press room! It’s been slow here … only a few winners had come backstage, perhaps because it’s such a long walk between the Nokia Theatre and the tent where the media is assembled.
But Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert just injected some life back here, mercifully.
Stewart, who won for Variety, Music or Comedy Series for the New York-based “Daily Show," joked “It’s always great to win. It’s a long flight out here.”
I must say, Colbert, who won as part of the writing team on “The Colbert Report," was funnier than Stewart. He was asked whether it was tough competing with Stewart, who in effect was his boss when Colbert was a “Daily Show” correspondent. His response: “I’ve been gunning for [Stewart] for years. Even when I worked for him I did not wish him well.”
He was also asked who he would cast to play John McCain and Sarah Palin (the questions in the press room are not necessarily very smart) and he recommended Don Rickles as McCain. As for Palin, Colbert said he could play her “because I too have absolutely no business being vice president.” Ouch! And that’s coming from a (faux) conservative commentator.
– Matt Carey, CNN Entertainment Producer
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