In Comedy Central's release on the stunt, Colbert summed up his feelings thusly: "I look forward to the evening. It is an honor to speak face-to-face with a broadcasting legend, and I feel the same way about Mr. O'Reilly." For his part, Mr. O'Reilly is "really looking forward to speaking to a man who owes his entire career to me!"
Watercooler is not sure how O'Reilly, not exactly known for his ability to laugh at himself, will do when confronted with the comic who has honed his comic persona on the Fox News commentator's more grating personality traits. But one thing's for sure, we don't want to miss it. Both outlets, if they are being savvy and honest about the reason to do such a stunt, will not go out of their way to discourage the YouTube and Google Video postings that are sure to result from the shows. Both seem tailor made for clip culture, and Colbert, for one, can trace much of his notoriety and popularity to YouTube postings. We know we can go see "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central's Motherlode, but really, aren't you, like Watercooler, just salivating over the mash-ups that YouTubers and others can generate from these clips?
Our expectations are high. Here's hoping Bill and Steve live up to them.