Video from striking Colbert Report writers: "Sorry, Internet"

Adorable animals like the piano playing cat and skateboard riding dog have gone on strike to show solidarity with TV and movie writers.
Picture 6-12My name's Rob Dubbin, one of the (currently striking) writers from the Colbert Report. Just wanted to pass along this strike video I made with one of the other writers from the show, Frank Lesser.

There are a lot of these going around but we felt the subject matter of this particular video might appeal to your readership's august sensibilities.

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  1. last clip definitely disturbing. But the best part of the video has got to be the slow, orchestral version of “Chocolate Rain” in the background.

  2. That was really funny. The writers better be careful, or they’re going to obviate a need for real TV if they keep this e-hilarity up!

  3. I really miss the writers, but I have to say I’ve loved the creativity of a lot of the strike videos. This is supreme, though–I love me some David Cross. And a nice swipe at scabbo Daly, too.

    And. even when I’m following my favorite TV shows, I am able both to go outside AND to read books–I’m just that versatile!

  4. David Cross as the piano-playing cat scab is just pure absurdity.

    Hilariously bizarre.

    And yeah, suck it, Mr. Daly.

  5. i agree with #4 — we miss our shows, but we support you, writers! oh, and david cross? i will do anything for you. ANYTHING. say the word.

  6. It’s ironic that readers of *this* blog would be so quick to support these writers in their fight to maintain the current copyright regime.

    Shouldn’t these writers be asking for a living wage, instead of the ability to collect payments on works they created many decades in the past? What will happen when sane copyright legislation is proposed, and the hollywood lobbiests use “We won’t be able to pay residuals to our writers” as their reason to have the reforms struck down?

    Why is it not OK for Hollywood to want to reap profits off of endless copyrights, but completely OK for the writers to ask for a cut of the action? It’s like trying to go after the Mafia for their protection racket, while at the same time making sure the enforcers get their cut.

  7. Ivan256: I’ll see if I can phrase this so I’m actually saying what I mean…

    Basically, Big Media types use copyright to make money from content created by the hard work of other people. I don’t begrudge them making money, but the fact that they want to do so without acknowledging the original artists is more than a little slimy.

    The writers, on the other hand, are the ones doing the hard work to creating the art in the first place. So it seems more appropriate for them to reap the fruits of their labor than upper management.

    So it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, as one is creating art, while the other just profits from it.

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