Stephen Colbert Spins a Band No-Show Into Comedy Gold

When Daft Punk cancels a visit, the talk-show host responds with a dance-off featuring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Jimmy Fallon

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Stephen Colbert was actually able to “Get Lucky” by having Daft Punk suddenly stand him up.

The electronic-music duo was scheduled to play Colbert’s Tuesday night show, but bailed because Punk-ers Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter promised MTV an exclusive live performance of their hit song during MTV’s Video Music Awards, set to air Sunday, Aug. 25. No more Daft Punk on Colbert.

“We booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago,” Colbert told audiences. “Apparently, Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anyone, because fun fact: No one told me until two hours ago.”

“This is a real kick in my balls,” Colbert continued, then after pausing for dramatic effect, “brought to you by Hyundai.” Got to keep those sponsors happy, even when the show doesn’t go as planned.

But, as we would expect, Colbert turned it into a media event of his own, playing up the fact that his StePhest Colbchella 2013 event was Punk’d by Daft Punk—“I’ve been Daft Punk’d.” But Ashton Kutcher, donning his Punk’d trucker hat, came on stage to confirm that, no, he hadn’t been Punk’d, just, well, you can do the rhyming.

From there, Colbert did his own lip-synced dance-off to “Get Lucky,” bringing in an entire cast of characters ready to move to the “song of the summer.”

Getting the studio audience jazzed by his passionate claim that he didn’t need Daft Punk to choose his show (and that it was time to dance), the talk-show host meandered into the audience before hitting a video clip that included Hugh Laurie starting off a string of lip-syncing, dancing appearances. Jeff Bridges made a few odd stairwell dance moves, the Rockettes enjoyed plenty of leg time, casts of Breaking Bad and America’s Got Talent showed up and Jimmy Fallon and Matt Damon both ushered in a few timely dance moves.

Overall, Colbert made a daft move to get lucky.

17 comments
lori1119
lori1119

"The cast of Breaking Bad?" Well, yes, technically they were there for a moment, but Bryan Cranston in a throwback to his Hal from Malcolm in the Middle days was the show stealer here.  


WilfTarquin
WilfTarquin

Colbert rules. And not a bad dancer either.

rwcbrd
rwcbrd

a "few odd stairwell moves" by jeff bridges.  man, did you not recognize the dude without the top hat and tails?

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

Daft Punk: A hipster version of disco. You forgot to mention that Robin Thicke showed up and put on a damn good show. Colbert Rules!

atRajbaj
atRajbaj

You guys quoted him wrong. He said '2 o'clock yesterday' not '2 hours ago'

jhoughton1
jhoughton1

And, um...Henry Kissinger?  Had me rolling!

MaryDavila
MaryDavila

BWAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA  Stephen Colbert... that was hilarious!!!

CecilieLarsen
CecilieLarsen

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Gibbles
Gibbles

How's this news relevant to the world? current events - about television,What the hell?

PV
PV

He said he was told two days ago, not two hours.

Again, this is all true.

Edit
Edit

Daft Punk are overrated. Their latest album is way too slow for my taste. I like their previous work better. Colbert killed it last night. He made me want to boogie and he's a great dance. Shake those hips!

hivemaster
hivemaster

Since when does MTv care about music?  Aren't they hot on the trail of the next knocked up tart for Teen Mom?

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@Gibbles Perhaps you missed the category under which this was filed: Entertainment.

Reading is fundamental.  It would me nice if you did a little of it before posting proof that you didn't do any of it.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@mhungerman I used to care about MTV when it actually played music.  Now that it doesn't, I call it "Mundane TV".

Gibbles
Gibbles

All I mean is that having articles written about televised news (current events) seems rather redundant, sort of like film novelizations. (15 hours late to a party no one cares about)