Day: December 9, 2010

Stephen Colbert proves you can have fun with Steve Martin just talking about art

On last night's edition of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert had comic legend Steve Martin on as his guest, and Colbert made darned sure he wasn't going to have to offer a refund to his viewers afterward. Watching his show is free with a cable/internet subscription. But that aside, Colbert poked fun at the 92Y situation at the top of the program.   And then later, Colbert put Martin's art expertise to the real test, first with a real pop quiz about art. Guess how he fared! No, really. Guess!   And finally, Colbert showcased art in a way that managed to include hoity-toity artists such as Frank Stella, Shepard Fairey and Andres Serrano, but also make it all about Colbert. Which is how it should be. You can watch this whole segment unedited — read: bonus time — now: By the way, did you know that Steve Martin has a new book out that revolves around art? He does, he does! Also, if you really want to see what an hourlong conversation with Steve Martin about art and his book would look and sound like, the fine folks at CBS did just that on Sunday. On the Internet! Enjoy it after the jump…...

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Surprise! Howard Stern re-ups with Sirius/XM

At the last-minute, defying conventional wisdom that he was heading to the Web, Howard Stern announced this morning that he had signed a five-year contract extension with Sirius/XM, which not only pleased his fans but also the satellite radio business that relies on Stern and his fans to stay afloat. Stern's initial $500 million, five-year contract with Sirius was expiring this month. No word yet on how much it'll cost Sirius/XM to keep him on the radio, but the talk jock said he didn't expect another renewal come Dec. 31, 2015. "I can say with almost certainty that this is my final five years on radio," Stern said on-air. Sirius had about 600,000 subscribers before Stern signed on five years ago. After its merger with XM, the satellite radio company now has more than 20 million...

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