How serious was Stephen Colbert about having that new NASA space node named after him? Pretty darn. We think.
Hair Balls recently spoke with Nick Prueher, who runs the Found Footage Festival that's making its first trip to Houston in a few weeks (more on that to come). Prueher also works production at the Colbert Report, and he was on hand Tuesday night when NASA announced its decision. (Quick recap: NASA had an online vote to decide the node's name. Colbert had his viewers win it for him. NASA went with Tranquillity--and named a treadmill after Colbert instead.)
We asked Prueher for some insight into Colbert's reaction.
"At the show [Tuesday] night, he was legitimately excited about this. He's not feigning enthusiasm when stuff gets named after him. He's like a school boy. He's really excited when he talks to people from space and astronauts."
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Colbert has so far succeeded in having a sea turtle (Stephanie Colburtle), a minor league hockey mascot (Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle), a real eagle (Stephen Jr.), a species of trapdoor spider (Aptostichus stephencolberti) and a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor (Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream), among other things, named after him.
But did he really think he had a shot at part of a space ship? Indeed he did, according to Prueher.
"I think he goes into these things with very, maybe, naïve ideas," Prueher says. "Like running for president. You know, he actually started off doing that as a joke, but then thought, 'Well, why not? This is kind of fun.' And then when they kind of pulled the plug on him, he was really disappointed."
"You can never tell what's serious and what's not," Prueher adds. "But I think he's more serious about things than sometimes people realize."