As the old adage goes, “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.” As in Stephen Colbert’s case, he made one helluva spiked lemonade that packed a punch.
When French electronic duo Daft Punk bailed last minute (2 p.m. the day before the show aired to be exact) on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report’s annual music event, “Colbchella,” on Tuesday because it conflicted with their surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards in September, Colbert made sure the show went on. While drinking a glass of scotch, he didn’t let Daft Punk and MTV get off so easily without a proper bashing.
Colbert referred to the Daft Punk members as “Click and Clack” and “the artists formerly booked as Daft Punk.” He also took a swipe at them for being French by saying, “Working more than twice in a month is something a little more than the French are used to.”
Colbchella was riding a lot on sponsorship money from Hyundai with the expectation that Daft Punk would perform their hit track, “Get Lucky”—which Colbert had been touting as “the song of the summer of the century.” “Now they’re not here tonight and I have accepted a lot of money from our Colbchella sponsor, Hyundai, so not delivering the song of the summer is a real kick in my balls… brought to you by Hyundai,” Colbert told viewers.
He further explained that he tried to work out a deal with the head of MTV, Van Toffler—whom he also referred to as “Van Wilder” and “Flan Cobbler”—and read out loud the letter Toffler wrote to him which he didn’t have permission to read on air. “Not sure I can help you with that one,” wrote Toffler. “Checked with my peeps… and they’re feeling funky on this one.”
“If Daft Punk were on my show, people wouldn’t tune in to see them on the VMAs almost a month from now,” Colbert quipped. “That’s how music works: you love a band, you see them once, and then you never want to see them again.”
Colbert advertised the MTV Video Music Awards as an event that would be hosted by Chris Brown with special guest Paula Deen. Robin Thicke performed “Blurred Lines” on the heels of getting his first number one album on Billboard that same day, and Colbert called it this summer’s “it” song instead of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” To top off the best comeback, Colbert lip-synced and danced to “Get Lucky” with his surprise special guests. Watch the video of the performance and then see photos of the best moments below.
Hugh Laurie grooving, while Colbert lip-syncs.
Jeff Bridges shaking his tush down the stairs.
Jimmy Fallon enjoying a dance with Colbert on his own set.
Colbert interrupting the cast of Breaking Bad during an interview on PBS’s Charlie Rose: The Week.
A glimpse of a grizzly-bearded Jon Stewart on a webcam. (The host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show has been absent from the show this summer as he’s been directing his upcoming film.)
Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad sporting a plaid, 1970s-style jumpsuit, rollerskating next to Colbert.
Colbert getting romantic with political figure Henry Kissinger.
The look on Nick Cannon’s face when Colbert gets on stage while he’s hosting NBC’s America’s Got Talent. (Judge Heidi Klum X-ed him out of the competition.)
And Matt Damon dancing in his “The Matt Damon Booth.” It doesn’t get much better than this.