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Stephen Colbert made a text adventure about getting locked in a closet


Stephen Colbert's new Late Show gig doesn't start till September, so what's he doing in the meantime? According to the free game released by his official website, the answer is "stumbling into a closet." Escape from the Man-Sized Cabinet, a Twine-based text game that you can play in your browser, follows Colbert on a journey into a Narnia-esque world where he meets a centaur named Randall and (kind of) fights evil.

Technically, Colbert didn't write it—he's a busy man, after all. Instead, the game was summoned into being by writer Rob Dubbin, along with fellow Colbert writers Daniel Kibblesmith and Cullen Crawford and artist Tim Luecke.

If you've played Twine games before—and we've certainly spent a lot of time at Offworld trying to make you—you'll notice many of the familiar hallmarks of the popular interactive fiction tool. At one point, you (Colbert) can click to cycle endlessly through a pre-show to-do list with bullet points like "reconcile quantum theory with relativity," "save cheerleader, world" and "steal Christmas." While I've often seen this technique used to dramatic effect by Twine creators like Porpentine, it's fascinating to see it deployed by seasoned comedy writers in a way that feels a bit like a writer's room brainstorm.

The game hints a little bit at the anticipation for The Late Show; one of the first questions from Randall the Centaur is exactly how the new show is going to work without the Colbert Report persona we've all come to know and expect. While the game doesn't necessarily offer any answers, it's free to play in your browser right now, and takes but a few minutes.


Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert will do an entire Hobbit-themed week of shows

To celebrate the release of The Hobbit, Stephen Colbert will have a full week of Hobbit shows on The Colbert Report starting this coming Monday, December 3 on Comedy Central. A die-hard fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, his guest lineup will consist of Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson, and Andy Serkis. Other Hobbit-related segments or plans have not been revealed yet, but I'm going to guess that Colbert (who speaks some Elvish and filmed a cameo for one of the latter two movies in New Zealand) will walk away with some sweet swag. Like swords or a free elf!

Photo credit: The Colbert Report on Twitter

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One less thing to worry about today: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart extend their contracts with Comedy Central

In case you thought that the world was going to hell because of everything that has been in the news lately (this weather, amirite?), you can rest assured that Comedy Central's best fake newscasters will be sticking around for the next couple of years. Jon Stewart will host (and executive produce and write for) The Daily Show with Jon Stewart until mid-2015, Stephen Colbert will continue his hosting, writing, and executive producing duties at The Colbert Report until the end of 2014... But what about the 2016 election? Oh god, panicpanicpanic... (via Deadline)

Timelapse of 3D printout of Stephen Colbert's head

Darren Barefoot sends us this link to a timelapse video of a MakerBot 3D printer extruding a copy of Stephen Colbert's head, noting, "John Biehler has a 3-D printer, an excellent photographic eye and whimsy."

Colbert timelapse (Thanks, Darren!)