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2013-06-20 09:57:26 AM  
Damn dusty in here...must have drifted in from Corbert's studio.

/wonderful tribute. makes me miss my dad.
 
2013-06-20 09:57:29 AM  
Fully admit that I'm crying with no dust in the room.
 
2013-06-20 09:58:24 AM  
I am now crying at work
 
2013-06-20 09:59:08 AM  
Tags:  Lorna Colbert, parents, death, family, growing up, marriage, kids, music, dancing, theater, theater, crying, Stephen Colbert, World War Z, popup ads.

really Viacom?  you can't let the guy talk about his Mom for 3 minutes without making us sit through a trailer for a movie about Zombies?
 
2013-06-20 10:01:53 AM  
Damned if I didn't cry last night, and damned if I'm not doing it now.
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2013-06-20 10:02:28 AM  
+1
 
2013-06-20 10:03:26 AM  
This was heartbreaking last night. When he finished, I wanted to crawl inside a bottle and never come out.
 
2013-06-20 10:05:07 AM  
How this headline "real funny"?

"Real news. Real funny."

...I don't get the joke here...
 
2013-06-20 10:08:27 AM  
My wife and I watched last night, and we had our first cry together as a couple.
 
2013-06-20 10:23:03 AM  
I lost my mother a couple years ago, so of course his raw emotion of just losing his mom hit so close to home for me. She sounded like an amazing, wonderful woman, and it was one of the most touching tributes to a mom I have ever seen.

/ Crying again
 
2013-06-20 10:38:52 AM  
Thanks, Mrs. Colbert, for raising such a funny and kind son.
 
2013-06-20 10:47:03 AM  
The real tribute was the stage faint he did at the end of the show.
 
2013-06-20 10:48:55 AM  
for me, the video cut out in the middle of a sentence and went to Paul Mcartney.  I'll have to watch at home.
 
2013-06-20 10:53:53 AM  

ManateeGag: for me, the video cut out in the middle of a sentence and went to Paul Mcartney.  I'll have to watch at home.


Same here. I used to never have a problem with their website before but lately it's turned me away and I barely am ever able to watch a video without issues.
 
2013-06-20 11:05:27 AM  
Written with grace, and poetry, and cadence and style ... and heart.

A fitting tribute, Stephen.
 
2013-06-20 11:05:58 AM  

Johnson: Tags:  Lorna Colbert, parents, death, family, growing up, marriage, kids, music, dancing, theater, theater, crying, Stephen Colbert, World War Z, popup ads.

really Viacom?  you can't let the guy talk about his Mom for 3 minutes without making us sit through a trailer for a movie about Zombies?


Sounds like someone needs Ad Block Plus on their web browser. I skip ads on both youtube and websites like this all the time.


/tribute was touching and it's very very dusty in here now.
 
2013-06-20 11:07:19 AM  

Larry Mahnken: The real tribute was the stage faint he did at the end of the show.


That, and running an otherwise fantastic show. Funniest Report I've seen since the election, easily. The part about the hybrid drivers' tax had me nauseous from laughing so hard.
 
2013-06-20 11:13:49 AM  
Yup. Crying in Starbucks.
 
2013-06-20 11:40:20 AM  
TheGhostofFarkPast: Sounds like someone needs Ad Block Plus on their web browser. I skip ads on both youtube and websites like this all the time.

yeah, I could, but VIACOM shouldn't be putting up an ad over his tribute in the first place.
 
2013-06-20 11:54:51 AM  
Goodnight, Funnymom
 
2013-06-20 12:44:21 PM  
Sometimes as I enjoy the artistic output of certain celebrities (ie: watching the Colbert Report, listening to the new Jason Isbell record, reading the new Carl Hiassen book), I wonder who these people are in real life. I have been lucky enough to meet a couple of the people whose art I enjoy over the years, for instance, and have only come away once thinking, "Man, that guy was kind of a dick". Though I have never met him in person, I feel fully confident in thinking that Stephen Colbert is a genuinely nice person. Of course, that's all a part of upbringing, and his mother is a large part of who to thank for that.
 
2013-06-20 01:02:52 PM  

sarajlewis83: Sometimes as I enjoy the artistic output of certain celebrities (ie: watching the Colbert Report, listening to the new Jason Isbell record, reading the new Carl Hiassen book), I wonder who these people are in real life. I have been lucky enough to meet a couple of the people whose art I enjoy over the years, for instance, and have only come away once thinking, "Man, that guy was kind of a dick". Though I have never met him in person, I feel fully confident in thinking that Stephen Colbert is a genuinely nice person. Of course, that's all a part of upbringing, and his mother is a large part of who to thank for that.


Nicely said. Also, buds!
 
2013-06-20 01:07:56 PM  
Love and encouragement. The two greatest things you can give a child.  Sounds like she was a great mother.

Sometimes the greatest people are the people you never know. People who truly leave the world a better place for their having been here.

RIP, Mrs. Colbert
 
2013-06-20 01:17:02 PM  
This reminds me that I need to be nicer to my mom.
 
2013-06-20 01:40:44 PM  
Man, the pollen count must have just shot through the roof! So many allergy tears....
 
2013-06-20 02:19:16 PM  
Just as good as Craig Ferguson's talks about his parents.
 
2013-06-20 03:12:08 PM  
Crying like a baby, here.
 
2013-06-20 03:28:24 PM  
I don't know if I want to watch this. I just buried my dad about a month ago, and I think this might just be a bit raw for me.
 
2013-06-20 03:37:37 PM  
Last night after I saw it I about called up mom and dad to tell them how much I loved them. But it was late and they were asleep.
 
2013-06-20 03:37:56 PM  

Shadowknight: I don't know if I want to watch this. I just buried my dad about a month ago, and I think this might just be a bit raw for me.


I know what you mean. I buried my dad this past winter and I found the endless radio ads leading up to Father's day were really tough to get through.

That said, Colbert handled this well. Not to say it doesn't draw a tear (as you can clearly see above) but he was able to walk the line and still lead into a comedy show.
 
2013-06-20 03:42:08 PM  

Farking Canuck: Shadowknight: I don't know if I want to watch this. I just buried my dad about a month ago, and I think this might just be a bit raw for me.

I know what you mean. I buried my dad this past winter and I found the endless radio ads leading up to Father's day were really tough to get through.

That said, Colbert handled this well. Not to say it doesn't draw a tear (as you can clearly see above) but he was able to walk the line and still lead into a comedy show.


I'll watch it later, after the kids go to bed so they don't have to watch daddy start crying again.

Agreed on the Father's Day ads. Painful. Even here in Spain, listening to Armed Forces Radio, was all about the low, low prices available at the Navy Exchange for Dad's big day.
 
2013-06-20 04:29:19 PM  
Saw it last night and can't rewatch the link but does it show him do he stage faint at the end of the show? The was weird but cute.
 
2013-06-20 04:36:16 PM  

Shadowknight: Farking Canuck: Shadowknight: I don't know if I want to watch this. I just buried my dad about a month ago, and I think this might just be a bit raw for me.

I know what you mean. I buried my dad this past winter and I found the endless radio ads leading up to Father's day were really tough to get through.

That said, Colbert handled this well. Not to say it doesn't draw a tear (as you can clearly see above) but he was able to walk the line and still lead into a comedy show.

I'll watch it later, after the kids go to bed so they don't have to watch daddy start crying again.

Agreed on the Father's Day ads. Painful. Even here in Spain, listening to Armed Forces Radio, was all about the low, low prices available at the Navy Exchange for Dad's big day.


That really only gets marginally better. This was my fourth Father's Day without dad, and it still sucked. The worst part was ancestry.com sending me emails telling me to buy Dad a membership. Hey, assfarks, you of all companies should know my dad is dead, seeing as how I entered that information into your website.
 
2013-06-20 04:53:04 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Shadowknight: Farking Canuck: Shadowknight: I don't know if I want to watch this. I just buried my dad about a month ago, and I think this might just be a bit raw for me.

I know what you mean. I buried my dad this past winter and I found the endless radio ads leading up to Father's day were really tough to get through.

That said, Colbert handled this well. Not to say it doesn't draw a tear (as you can clearly see above) but he was able to walk the line and still lead into a comedy show.

I'll watch it later, after the kids go to bed so they don't have to watch daddy start crying again.

Agreed on the Father's Day ads. Painful. Even here in Spain, listening to Armed Forces Radio, was all about the low, low prices available at the Navy Exchange for Dad's big day.

That really only gets marginally better. This was my fourth Father's Day without dad, and it still sucked. The worst part was ancestry.com sending me emails telling me to buy Dad a membership. Hey, assfarks, you of all companies should know my dad is dead, seeing as how I entered that information into your website.


Going on 16 years since I lost my dad. This year has been the toughest in a while before and on Father's day. Just bought a house, been at my job going on 8 years, in a steady relationship, and all I could imagine leading up to FD is my dad saying "I'm proud of you."
 
2013-06-20 05:58:55 PM  
That was really hard to watch. Stephen seems like a pretty cool guy, so I imagine his mother would have been a pretty cool chick.
 
2013-06-20 06:25:05 PM  
He's a pretentious prick.

Sucks about his mom, though.
 
2013-06-20 06:54:50 PM  

Tumunga: He's a pretentious prick.

Sucks about his mom, though.


Why does there *always* have to be a dick in *every* thread?
 
2013-06-20 06:58:22 PM  

silvervial: Tumunga: He's a pretentious prick.

Sucks about his mom, though.

Why does there *always* have to be a dick in *every* thread?


I think he might be one of those guys that thinks his gimmick is real.
 
2013-06-20 07:22:26 PM  
That was touching and very classy.  Then they brought out the girl from The Wizard and my emotions went from sorrow to, "Huh?"
 
2013-06-20 07:36:27 PM  

Ogre840: Mike Chewbacca: Shadowknight: Farking Canuck: Shadowknight: I don't know if I want to watch this. I just buried my dad about a month ago, and I think this might just be a bit raw for me.

I know what you mean. I buried my dad this past winter and I found the endless radio ads leading up to Father's day were really tough to get through.

That said, Colbert handled this well. Not to say it doesn't draw a tear (as you can clearly see above) but he was able to walk the line and still lead into a comedy show.

I'll watch it later, after the kids go to bed so they don't have to watch daddy start crying again.

Agreed on the Father's Day ads. Painful. Even here in Spain, listening to Armed Forces Radio, was all about the low, low prices available at the Navy Exchange for Dad's big day.

That really only gets marginally better. This was my fourth Father's Day without dad, and it still sucked. The worst part was ancestry.com sending me emails telling me to buy Dad a membership. Hey, assfarks, you of all companies should know my dad is dead, seeing as how I entered that information into your website.

Going on 16 years since I lost my dad. This year has been the toughest in a while before and on Father's day. Just bought a house, been at my job going on 8 years, in a steady relationship, and all I could imagine leading up to FD is my dad saying "I'm proud of you."


I lost my dad almost 10 years ago to alcoholism the semester before I graduated college.  Since then, I've gotten married, had two children and bought a house...and at each thing, I just imagine what he would say.  We had a complicated relationship because of his issues, and I love my stepfather very much, but I still wish he were here.
 
2013-06-20 10:01:12 PM  
That must have taken a tremendous effort to keep from breaking down while he was reading that. Had I been in his position, there's no way I would have been able to get through that without turning into a weepy mess.

My mom and dad are still alive, but I'll be very lucky if I have another 5 years with them. This makes me think about how precious any time we can spend together will be.
 
2013-06-20 10:55:08 PM  

bborchar: Fully admit that I'm crying with no dust in the room.

 
2013-06-21 12:08:29 AM  
 
2013-06-21 12:19:30 AM  

silvervial: Tumunga: He's a pretentious prick.

Sucks about his mom, though.

Why does there *always* have to be a dick in *every* thread?


I think an equally appropriate question is why do some people just not get the joke.  To that, I point to the bell curve. With respect to intellect, by definition, half are below average, and some significantly so.   If someone doesn't get that the Colbert character is a parody of blowhard political talking heads, one can only wonder where that person would fall on the aforementioned IQ distribution.
 
2013-06-21 12:25:08 AM  

sure haven't: How this headline "real funny"?

"Real news. Real funny."

...I don't get the joke here...


and the D-Bag award goes to....
 
2013-06-21 01:15:45 AM  

Atomic Spunk: That must have taken a tremendous effort to keep from breaking down while he was reading that. Had I been in his position, there's no way I would have been able to get through that without turning into a weepy mess.

My mom and dad are still alive, but I'll be very lucky if I have another 5 years with them. This makes me think about how precious any time we can spend together will be.


*Warning*  My own tale of woe below.  I started typing, and for whatever reason found it cathartic to keep going.  Against my better judgement, I'm posting it.  Sorry.

Enjoy that time while you have it.  My dad died at 57 years old.  He was 56 when he randomly got sick with what presented as a random cold or flu.  He just got worse and worse over the course of two weeks, and ended up in the hospital, where he immediately crashed out, was intubated, and spent four weeks in a medically induced coma.  Somehow, the infection (whatever he had first) got into his bone marrow, killing most of it, and destroyed his immune system.  This, of course, led to every bacteria, fungus, and virus available to infect him and cause kidney, liver, and near heart failure.  It also caused massive internal bleeding due to his not being able to clot anymore.  All told, over the course of those weeks, he was given no less than 65 units or more of blood.

He turned 57 on May 3, celebrating in his hospital bed not long after he finally woke up.  He was getting stronger, and everything was trending upward.  The only thing that didn't seem to come back was his clotting factors, which had to be transfused every few days to prevent another bleed.  Unfortunately, one night with my mom sleeping by his side, he had a massive aneurysm.  Alarms went off at 2am, and by 3am my mother was calling me because they were in the process of pronouncing him brain dead. Keep in mind, I had just left his bedside two weeks prior to go back to my family in Spain, so I was an ocean away and at least two days minimum from getting back stateside to say goodbye.

I knew there was nothing left to say goodbye to anyway, so when my mom asked if she wanted them to wait, I told them no.  If he was truly gone, just let it be done, you know?  They turned off the ventilator and he lasted about twenty minutes, with my mom, sister, and brother at his side.

We still don't know what he caught first that caused all this.  Previous to this, the only other major illness he ever had was mono back when he was ten years old.  He was perfectly healthy, active, and relatively in shape.  It was just a completely random thing that happens in a small set of the population that gets the perfect combo of stuff to hit them just right.  He just had the lucky lotto number, I guess.

All this time I've been married into the military, all this time I have spent away with his grandkids in tow, we were supposed to make up for.  My wife retires from the Navy in five and a half years, and we were going to make up for all the time lost once we moved back home.  Now we'll never get that chance.  Turns out, plans mean nothing.  

I'm actually packing up today, to catch a flight from our home base here in Spain on a military cargo jet to get back stateside.  The kids and I are going to spend the summer with family, because with all the death we've had in the family recently and all the funerals attended (my dad was the fourth funeral in six months), my wife has no leave at all left to come with us.  But we are going to spend as much time with what we have left, namely my mother, who would have celebrated her 33rd wedding anniversary yesterday.

Enjoy any time you have left.  Life is too damn short sometimes.
 
2013-06-21 01:36:53 AM  

Shadowknight: Atomic Spunk: That must have taken a tremendous effort to keep from breaking down while he was reading that. Had I been in his position, there's no way I would have been able to get through that without turning into a weepy mess.

My mom and dad are still alive, but I'll be very lucky if I have another 5 years with them. This makes me think about how precious any time we can spend together will be.

*Warning*  My own tale of woe below.  I started typing, and for whatever reason found it cathartic to keep going.  Against my better judgement, I'm posting it.  Sorry.

Enjoy that time while you have it.  My dad died at 57 years old.  He was 56 when he randomly got sick with what presented as a random cold or flu.  He just got worse and worse over the course of two weeks, and ended up in the hospital, where he immediately crashed out, was intubated, and spent four weeks in a medically induced coma.  Somehow, the infection (whatever he had first) got into his bone marrow, killing most of it, and destroyed his immune system.  This, of course, led to every bacteria, fungus, and virus available to infect him and cause kidney, liver, and near heart failure.  It also caused massive internal bleeding due to his not being able to clot anymore.  All told, over the course of those weeks, he was given no less than 65 units or more of blood.

He turned 57 on May 3, celebrating in his hospital bed not long after he finally woke up.  He was getting stronger, and everything was trending upward.  The only thing that didn't seem to come back was his clotting factors, which had to be transfused every few days to prevent another bleed.  Unfortunately, one night with my mom sleeping by his side, he had a massive aneurysm.  Alarms went off at 2am, and by 3am my mother was calling me because they were in the process of pronouncing him brain dead. Keep in mind, I had just left his bedside two weeks prior to go back to my family in Spain, so I was an ocean away and at least two days minimum fro ...


I'm sorry the leave donation program only works for civilian workers. I would gladly donate some of mine to you & your family.

/blue bark, a long time ago.
 
2013-06-21 02:29:28 AM  
Shadowknight, I'm glad you shared that, and I wish you and your family the best. Life is so damn fragile, and 57 much too young.

My dad is 81, and although his body seems fairly healthy, I can sense in his eyes and responses that he's not able to keep up with the flow of our conversations like he used to. My mom's 76 and her mind is still sharp, but she's had a bunch of odd illnesses in the last couple years. I bought tickets for us to see Joan Rivers perform next month. My mom loves her on TV, but neither her nor my dad have ever seen a standup comedian perform live. I'm really looking forward to it.
 
2013-06-21 03:06:04 AM  
I just want to let every single one of you know (even -that- guy) that I love you and accept you. Life is too short, y'know? Take care of each other and yourselves and please give someone you love (or a complete stranger) a hug.
 
2013-06-21 09:01:33 AM  
Atomic Spunk:My dad is 81, and although his body seems fairly healthy, I can sense in his eyes and responses that he's not able to keep up with the flow of our conversations like he used to. My mom's 76 and her mind is still sharp, but she's had a bunch of odd illnesses in the last couple years. I bought tickets for us to see Joan Rivers perform next month. My mom loves her on TV, but neither her nor my dad have ever seen a standup comedian perform live. I'm really looking forward to it.

Good for you!
They will have a great time and all of you will have a lot of stories to tell for a long while.

My grandparents never went anywhere except for dinner at a local restaurant.  I took them to see "Pump Boys and Dinettes" in Chicago back in the late 80's.  They talked about every aspect of that day for many years. I got them souvenir coffee mugs at the gift shop.  I'm drinking my coffee in one of their mugs right now.
After they passed, that was the only thing I wanted.
 
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