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Colbert Discovers FishbowlNY; FishbowlNY Bans Colbert

Ballsy

Say what you will about Stephen Colbert, but he knows how to credit (manipulate) bloggers. Last night on the Colbert Report, Colbert acknowledged our report about his trainwreck taping of an interview last week with Sir Richard Branson. “This story hit the blog-o-dome like a tidal wave, look at this piece on mediabistro.com.”

Given this site’s long (obsessive) history of covering Comedy Central (see below), we’ve been trying to land an interview with Colbert for our “So What Do You Do?” series for over a year — ever since our impromptu meeting with him at the 2006 Time 100 party. (Typical Comedy Central responses: “Stephen’s busy this week” or “Stephen’s on vacation” or “Stephen’s already doing an exclusive with Cat Fancy.”)

Unlike, say, the Decemberists, we’ve never thought of publicly baiting Colbert to further our own interests.

That is, until today. Consider this your warning, Colbert. We won’t cover you and your Word-fearing “Nation” until you do our interview. Try selling your ballsy book without FishbowlNY’s seal of approval. We’re practically Oprah. Don’t believe us, Stephen? Just ask Jessica Cutler.

The aforementioned “trainwreck,” by the way, is slated to air next week.

— Dylan Stableford

FISHBOWLNY’S COLBERT COVERAGE:

  • Richard Branson’s Colbert Report Interview Trainwreck
  • Colbert Gets Marvel Comic Treatment
  • Will Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert Be Deposed?
  • Colbert’s ‘Ballsy’ Book Details
  • For Colbert, Today’s Word is ‘Book Deal’
  • Colbert-O’Reilly: The Poll | Your Reactions
  • Daily Show, Colbert Report Executive Producer Prepping Anthology, Wants Clooney
  • Colbert: ‘I Falsely Construct The News’
  • A Year After Colbert: Little Bombs White House Dinner
  • Colbert Slams Today, Good Morning America Over Congressional Cocaine Coverage
  • Time 100: The Most Influential People in the Room
  • Stephen Colbert To ‘Shred-Off’ In Guitar Solo Duel With Decemberists
  • Does A Blogger Book ‘Panelgate’ Page Six Mention Boost Sex Book Sales?
  • Mediabistro Course

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    Inside The Time 100 Party

    America Ferrera and John Mayer

    It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

    Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

    But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

    But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

    Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

    FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of Last Year’s Time 100:

  • Inside the Time 100 Party
  • Diddy’s Time 100 Posse Bigger Than Most Posses
  • Time 100: The Most Influential People in the Room

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  • Inside Condé’s ‘Passion’

    In a move that is hard to not smack of desperation, at least for cynical media bloggers, Condé Nast is rolling out another elaborate ad campaign touting the importance of — nay, passion readers have for — its print magazines. The title of the campaign? “The Point of Passion: An ongoing exhibit by Condé Nast.” Of course.

    You’ll recall Condé launched “Point of Passion” in 2005 with “typical” readers.

    In this one, eight-page inserts will feature magazine-clutching celebrities in various states of print enjoyment, alongside tag lines like “It’s not a magazine, it’s a muse.” (That’s the subtitle for Mary-Louise Parker‘s gaze for the New Yorker.)

    For Wired, Sir Richard Branson lies cradled in a chair aboard Virgin Galactic’s future SpaceShipTwo, reading; the line reads, “Part magazine. Part co-pilot.”

    Others slated to appear in future “Passion” spots: Diane Von Furstenberg (Vanity Fair), Patrick Dempsey (Details), Burberry designer Christopher Bailey (Men.style.com), Eva Longoria (Glamour), Giada de Laurentis (Bon Appetit), Terence Howard (GQ), supermodel Natalia Vodianova (Vogue), Andre Balazs (Concierge.com), Marc Jacobs (Style.com), Zoey Kravitz and Lorraine Nicholson (Teen Vogue), Sheryl Crow (Self), Hugh Jackman (Men’s Vogue), Jim Nantz (Golf Digest), Preston Bailey (Brides.com), Greg Norman (Golf World).

  • Point Of Passion [Condé Nast]