Andrew McLean: “We Ski With Parachutes”

Post by blogger | January 24, 2008      

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?


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14 Responses to “Andrew McLean: “We Ski With Parachutes””

  1. randosteve January 25th, 2008 12:28 am

    What’s next…Oprah????

  2. brian harder January 25th, 2008 12:37 am

    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!

  3. laseranimal January 25th, 2008 7:13 am

    well played Mr. Mclean

  4. Lou January 25th, 2008 8:00 am

    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?

  5. Randonnee January 25th, 2008 8:43 am

    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…

  6. Lou January 25th, 2008 9:14 am

    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.

  7. SMS January 25th, 2008 10:00 am

    Imagine Colbert’s response if Andrew told him that he actually does ski with kites!

  8. Andrew_L January 25th, 2008 10:16 am

    *gasp* — you said ‘No’ to Oprah ???


  9. Andy (not McLean) January 25th, 2008 10:25 am

    “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.

  10. Brenda January 25th, 2008 11:02 am

    In Canada, you have to go the in order to view this video.

  11. scottyb January 25th, 2008 10:44 am

    Nice hair! Where do you keep the chute?

  12. laseranimal January 25th, 2008 12:25 pm


    isn’t that the whole premise behind the Colbert Report?

    that its incomplete, sensationalized, and lacked a logical flow?


  13. Randonnee January 25th, 2008 2:08 pm

    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… : )}

  14. Mark Worley January 25th, 2008 10:51 pm

    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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