February 12, 2008

Colber-tato

Celebrity sighting 2 was Stephen Colbert. We sighted him because we went to see his show taped last night. ALAS! We were not allowed to take photos. I can't even tell you how superfun this was.

SO superfun that we were not even SOUR about standing in line in 19 degree weather for an hour before. SO superfun that we were only a LITTLE sour about the fact that we were TOO DUMB to do the math and realize that if we ate salads at noon, and got in line at 4:30, and the taping went until 8:30, long before the show started we would be considering cannibalism as a viable and even enticing dinner plan. We saw SEVERAL people that were a fast food packet of BBQ sauce away from being delicious. We also saw a woman who TRILLED and WARBLED the words "excuse me" in a high pitched Anna Nicole-ish was as she made her way to the ladies room, and while she did not look particularly nourishing, we considered killing and eating her on general principles.

As you MAY recall, Stephen Colbert and I share a publisher, and we became TOTAL BFF last year at the Grand Central Publishing Party. By which I mean, I screamed in his face that I just think he is so talented and my publicist kindly snapped pics of us together. Last night, at the taping, I was not sure if he would remember me. But of COURSE he did.

As he ran out on stage, he made very SIGNIFICANT EYEBROWS in my general direction, and those eyebrows said, "JOSHILYN! MY BFF! HOW FABULOUS OF YOU TO COME AND SUPPORT ME! I AM LONGING TO CATCH UP WITH YOU BUT UNFOTUNATELY I MUST NOW DO A SHOW."
I made significant eyebrows BACK that meant, I UNDERSTAND STEPHEN! I AM SENDING YOU A RING MADE OF MY OWN BRAIDED HAIR!"
And he dipped me a small nod that clearly said, "OK! THAT'S NOT CREEPY!"

We laughed so hard and long at the taping that I am HOARSE this morning. It is particularly amazing when you realize that due to the writer's strike, Colbert has NO help---no prompters, no cards, no staff. He is making it all up and then ad libbing it and improving and whatnot. My bff is a genius.

After the taping, we met up with my friend MATT who is COOL, and who scored us the show tickets (!!!) and our friend Gilbert, who took us on The Westies Tour. This is a tour that Gilbert made up. Essentially, it involves going to a series of pubs and speakeasies where a notorious Irish Gang (The Westies) killed people. They killed a LOT of people in a lot of pubs. A COMPLETE Westies tour would end in alcohol poisoning. We went three places, so we barely saw the tip of the Westies murder iceberg.

Marching to the last spot, we saw a very FITTING Irish Murder Tour thing---the body of a potato. We had no chalk to outline it, and the Westies had clearly removed all identifying things, like his stick-on eye/nose composite chunk and glasses and shoes. We cannot even tell you if this potato was a MR. or a MRS. But we lift an Irish Whiskey and a pint at his/her passing.

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Posted by joshilyn at February 12, 2008 11:04 AM
Comments

You eye-browed with Stephen Colbert! I think that means he has to interview you on his show. not that you NEED the Colbert Bump, but because it would be SO COOL!

Posted by: Stephanie at February 12, 2008 12:04 PM

I don't see much of the Colbert report. I think its very funny when I catch it but I just hardly do. That said, I am hoping the Colbert Bump has something to do with a secret handshake or something and not that Joshilyn has to have Stephen Colberts' baby. I mean, eyebrowing is nice and they ARE BFFs but even ForeverBFs have limits.

I think I saw that potato on a wanted poster. He was no angel himself.

Posted by: Em at February 12, 2008 12:22 PM

Oh, dear. Em, the Colbert Bump has nothing to do with a secret handshake or having anyone's baby. Just ask Mike Huckabee.

Posted by: Stephanie at February 12, 2008 12:53 PM

http://wikiality.com/The_Colbert_Bump

Posted by: Colbert Bump at February 12, 2008 1:04 PM

That was two VERY funny (possibly more) people in a room at one time. I wish I could have been there. I'm like you horsed yourself you laughed so hard.

RIP asexual potato

Posted by: aka nik at February 12, 2008 1:41 PM

I betcha Stephen Colbert is blogging today about how he eye-brow-spoke with his BFF Joshilyn Jackson too! Betcha!

Did you get Westies Tour t-shirts? Because you so totally should have!

I find that photo disturbing, not because of the dead potato because hey....'tater soup? Yummy! No, I find it disturbing because Karen appears to have no right hand. I see a coat sleeve, a wrist, then cold, gray concrete. But hopefully it's just the visual version of The Encephalapod Nods. Because my eyes are old, you know. Sigh...

Posted by: DebR at February 12, 2008 1:44 PM

Cute Bag!

The Stephen Colbert Presidential Library was built a town over from me and I came this [] close to meeting him - except that he never actually CAME to Alabama.

Your interlude was waaaay cooler.

Posted by: City Girl at February 12, 2008 2:35 PM

I heart Stephen Colbert! I really really heart that purse you are carrying!!

I am jealous!

Posted by: Jill at February 12, 2008 3:14 PM

Okay. . .so I think every ONE of you secretly went on the Westies Tour with J. and K., 'cause your comments speak of things that are only hilarious having been there and then stayed out WAY too late at night after having drunk a large portion of Ireland on your tour.

And I, too, am jealous of the red bag--it's a GREAT shade of red. Possibly a present from Mr. Colbert?

Posted by: Roxanne at February 12, 2008 3:57 PM

I just wanted to drop in and say what an awesome writer you are, and how I am so happy you have this blog. I'm an aspiring novelist and every time I feel like giving up, I come across something so clever, or hilarious, or beautiful you've written and it keeps me going. Thanks.

Posted by: Sarah Beth at February 13, 2008 1:07 PM

Considering the description of how hungry you were, I am surprised the potato got photographed instead of eaten...

NICE BAG, toots. Me likee.

Posted by: Amy-Go at February 13, 2008 5:04 PM