September 30, 2009
Richard Dawkins to Appear on Colbert Report Tonight
If you can’t wait until 11:30 pm EST tonight, here’s a clip from the last time Dawkins was on the show, in 2006.
Personally, I find the interviews on Colbert kind of frustrating if it’s a subject I’d actually like to see interviewed. (On the other hand, Colbert’s interviews with sitting members of Congress, in “Better Know A District,” are hilarious.) Dawkins was pretty charitable about it last time, noting that–
I had a good time in New York. The Colbert show was fun, notwithstanding my misgivings before (which I have removed, because they now seem misplaced). While I was waiting, he came in to see me as himself, introduced himself and made sure that I understood his act: “You know I play a complete idiot?” I must say, when he is in character, he does it extremely well. The real Colbert is obviously highly intelligent and a very nice man. Aficionados seem divided about 50/50 over whether the real Colbert is religious. He is obviously too intelligent to be religious in any simple conventional sense. I suspect either that it amuses him to blur the distinction between his ‘character’ and the real Colbert. Or perhaps he is religious in the Einsteinian sense that all of us are, and goes to church because, like Martin Rees, he ‘believes in belief’ (Dan Dennett’s happy phrase).