|The last line was funny:
"Do it for Ayn Rand and John Aglialoro, because they are not going to do it for you!"
There are several genres of humor including slapstick, puns, situational, observational. Last night, Laurel and I finally got to watch Season 3 Disk 3 of Big Bang Theory. (The waiting list at the library was 24 deep. It's popular in Ann Arbor.) The four guys are physicists. Sheldon gets drunk at an awards banquet that ends with moons and Uranus, but on the way he says, "A neutron walks into a bar and asks how much the drinks are and the bartender says, 'For you: No charge.'"
Jerry Seinfeld presented shows based on situational humor - Kramer sinking a golf ball into a stranded whale - ,but at the end, the stand-up had him "explaining" the show with observational humor - "Did you ever notice..." A man slipping on a banana peel came to the future when Woody Allen in Sleeper has himself and a farmer slipping on a peel big enough to wrap a canoe.
Sarcasm has become common in our culture. Colbert's hyperbole is a subset of that. No matter what, he extrapolates it beyond reason for humor by hyperbole. It does not matter what the subject is. When Bill O'Reilly claimed that God must exist because he (O'Reilly) does not know what causes the tides, Colbert jumped on it and brought Neil Degrasse Typson of the Hayden Plantarium on his show. However, Colbert's clowning was hyperbolic, kowtowing to Tyson for causing the tides himself.
This all comes down to the exchange between Howard Roark and Elseworth Toohey. If it had not been mentioned here, I would never have known about it, because Stephan Colbert means not much to me.
On Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper has an ongoing conflict with Will Wheaton (Wesley Crusher from ST:NG). At one point, Wheaton taps Cooper on the forehead saying, "I have free rental right here."
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 5/06, 5:31pm)