This instantly classic video at Colbert Report is worth enjoying. Andrew really knows how to articulate for the masses.
What do you guys think of the hair and makeup job?
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.
Nice to see A.M. hold his own. Colbert has a penchant for beating up his serious guests with his occasionally idiodic humor (parachute in the elevator, indeed!). Andrew remained undaunted and a most righteous movie got a much deserved plug to a wider audience. Bravo!
well played Mr. Mclean
Rando, I’d imagine we’ll see him on Oprah eventually… funny thing, I got asked to go on Oprah once, back when Wild Snow (the book) was first published. She wanted to talk about avalanches for 5 minutes and I just wasn’t in the mood for the brutal one-day turnaround they have you endure for the travel plan. Probably a mistake now that I look back, but then again, how much Hollyweird does one want in their life?
Lou, I am happy that you never went on Oprah, good job.
On the other hand, McLean held his own and even gave it back skillfully to Colbert.
Like most popular media, the information presented was incomplete, sensationalized, and lacked a logical flow or completion of a concept. I like to ponder the quality of the message in popular media in regard to specialized topics contrasted to other important news topics…
Randonnee, yeah, I was pretty uncomfortable with the whole deal. If I’d known it would have sold a ton of books I probably would have gone for it, for the simple reason of trying to make a living. But it seemed iffy. They said there was a chance they’d have me fly all the way up there, do makeup, sit and wait, and not even go on the show! Crazy. If Oprah actually promos your book it can make you rich, so the motivation is powerful.
Imagine Colbert’s response if Andrew told him that he actually does ski with kites!
*gasp* — you said ‘No’ to Oprah ???
“Like most popular media, the information presented was incomplete, sensationalized, and lacked a logical flow or completion of a concept. I like to ponder the quality of the message in popular media in regard to specialized topics contrasted to other important news topics.”
Dude, it’s a comedy show. Get over it. I thought Jeb Corliss’ bit was funnier, but he’s more of a showman than McLean. I thought AM did just fine, and if the avi clip didn’t want to make you see the rest of “Steep,” I don’t know what would.
In Canada, you have to go the http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca in order to view this video.
Nice hair! Where do you keep the chute?
isn’t that the whole premise behind the Colbert Report?
that its incomplete, sensationalized, and lacked a logical flow?
Indeed, laseranimal. Funny how the Colbert Report mimics the “real” serious mainstream media both broadcast and print. The real comedy is that the alphabets, major print news, etc., want to be taken as erudite, consequential, and credible. Sort of like taking the modern tele turn and gear hook, line, and sinker and acting like it is utilitarian in logic… : )}
I think it’s cool how Andrew comes across as so normal yet is engaged in such a wild pursuit as ski mountaineering.
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