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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:58 am

From the Bangor Daily News:

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Scallop gonads do not have a reputation as being intrinsically funny, the way banana peels or rubber chickens might.

But when two buckets full of the mollusk innards that are part of a scientific study go missing, and when the police get involved to find out where they may have been taken, there’s a chance somebody might try to make a wisecrack about it.

There’s also a chance, apparently, that a national cable comedy television show might take an interest.

That’s what happened last fall when an incident in which a local scallop fisherman misplaced two buckets of scallop guts made national headlines. “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central decided to spoof the incident and, with the help of those involved, came to Maine to film a segment on it last month. The segment aired on the cable program on Monday night.

Last Nov. 26, police on Mount Desert Island and in Ellsworth alerted the public that the buckets went missing after the fisherman, Andy Mays, mistakenly put them in the back of the wrong car and the person then drove off, not knowing the bivalve bits were coming along for the ride.

A producer at “The Colbert Report,” hosted by comedian Stephen Colbert, saw the headlines and decided the story was too weird to pass up.

“We spend a lot of time on the Internet,” show producer Nicole Savini said Monday.

“It seemed very ‘Maine.’ The unlocked car, the scallop guts.”

Mays had been collecting scallops for six months as part of a research project through Darling Marine Center, a University of Maine marine research facility in South Bristol. He had gutted the bivalves, isolated the gonads and stored them in formaldehyde, and made arrangements to deliver them to Skylar Bayer, a grad student at the Darling Center who had agreed to meet him at a Mount Desert Island convenience store.

Mays got to the Somesville One Stop, spotted a parked car with UMaine plates, put the scallops in the vehicle and then went inside the store to find Bayer. She was not there, however, and when he went back outside, the car with the scallop guts wasn’t either.

Mays had put the gonads in a blue Chevrolet Impala belonging to the UMaine Motor Pool that Abigail Garthwait, an associate professor at UMaine, had driven to MDI earlier that day. On her way back to the university she stopped at the One Stop to get a bite to eat and, when she left again, failed to notice the buckets in the backseat. It wasn’t until around 5 p.m., when she stopped in Orono to fill up with gas, that she saw the two buckets labeled “formaldehyde.”

In the “Colbert Report” segment, Bayer is portrayed as a “lonely lady scientist” with a nefarious plan to perfect a scallop-man hybrid and destroy the human race.

“I am not trying to destroy the human race,” Bayer tells the interviewer in the piece.

Mays tells the show producers that he gave the scallop gonads to Bayer and then traded the scallop meat with friends for liquor. At one point, he gulps down a large scallop gonad for the camera.

“If you crash your car drunk and need someone to help you hide it and everything, I can do that on a minute’s notice,” he tells the interviewer with a straight face.

Contacted about his appearance on the comedy show, Mays said he was happy to play along and poke fun at himself, even for the sake of a TV show he has never seen. He said he doesn’t have cable or even a television because he doesn’t have time for it.

“I was class clown in high school, in the yearbook,” Mays said. “I don’t have a problem with self-deprecating humor.”

Mays said part of the fun has been the reaction he’s gotten from friends and family telling them he’s going to be on the show.

“I’m more amused by my friends’ amusement and excitement about it,” he said. “It’s wintertime. It’ll be fun.”

Savini said she and another staffer with “The Colbert Report” came to Maine in early February and, with the help of a camera crew based in Portland, spent two and a half days interviewing people involved in the incident. Aside from Mays and Bayer, they also interviewed Garthwaite on camera for the piece.

“It was really, really cold,” Savini said. “I’d never seen the inside of a scallop before.”

Savini ate a lot of “the best scallops I’ve had” during her visit, she said. They interviewed Mays on his boat, Lost Airmen, but did not leave the dock.

“Andy made all of his resources available to us,” she said. “Everyone in Maine was fantastic.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/03/05/news/hancock/colbert-report-tackles-mdi-scallop-guts-caper/?ref=mostReadBoxNews

Pick the link and then watch the video. You can also see the video over at the Comedy Central website.

From the comments:



Kathy Stuart•a day ago

I almost peed myself while watching this bit.

As I watched though, and having a bit of understanding about production values and rules (what you can and cannot say), I had to wonder if in the first take Andy Mays said "My friends gave me the Allen's."

No matter though, the well done, hilarious piece caused me to miss the home of heart even more than I usually do. Finest kind Cappy

and . . .

tedjohn•an hour ago

Arrrggghhh! Someone teach those flatlanders how to say the word SCALLOP!
Like wallop.
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I hope you enjoy this!!

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PS: This link may take you directly to the video:

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/424346/march-04-2013/the-enemy-within---dr--skylar-bayer

(you have to watch a commercial with this link, not so with the BDN link)

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Post by mrkleen09 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:11 am

Colbert is one of the most consistently funny guys on TV. Starting to surpass John Stewart in my nightly lineup.
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Post by Outside on Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:36 am

I haven't been keeping up on watching the show like I'd like, but I did see this one. I thought this segment was hilarious. Everyone involved was such a good sport. A piece of Americana.

Gyso, how close are you to Mount Desert Island?

One thing that caught my attention was the name of the place. There's a mountain and a desert on an island? So I looked it up, and there's actually a fairly lengthy and quite interesting article in Wikipedia on it. Fun fact -- it's the second largest island on the eastern seaboard, after Long Island. And after reading about its origin, the name does make sense.
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Post by Sam on Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:07 am

Gyso,

I spent a fair amount of time in Ellsworth as a kid. We had relatives in W. Brooklin, about 25 miles from Ellsworth, and we'd take the two-day safari from the Boston area and stay for a few weeks. We thought of Ellsworth as the big city.

The people of Maine were some of the funniest I've ever met. A cousin of my mother, Bob Tapley, was about three years older than I was. We'd go out on his boat, pull up at a dock, and purchase lobsters to go.

For hours, he'd entertain us on the boat with his stories about a drunken sailor, lurching around, scooping water from over the side, and pretending that the sea water made the sailor drunk. For many years, I believed that salt water could make a person drunk.

Asidefrom reading Hardy Boys books together, my favorite activity with Bob was to accompany him to the barber shop, where he and the barber would engage in a spirited discussion on the finer points (so to speak) of the female sex. They hadn't invented portable tape recorders by then, so I was forced to memorize everything. (No problem.)

It looks as if Andy Mays is of the same mold as my late friend, Bob.

I also met W. Brooklin summer resident, E.B. White (author of Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, The Elements of Style, and regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine) Our chats were fascinating, and Mr. White became the initial catalyst for my affinity for writing.

I really miss those days and even the smells—from the aroma of cut grass to the scent of the fish drying in the shed to the fragrance from the pig stye, where I could never understand why they changed the name (and sometimes the sex) of the pig each year.

Maine is definitely cool. Congratulations for living there.

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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:05 pm

Outside,

It takes about 2 hours (summah traffic) to get to Bar Harbor (AKA Bah Hahbah, leave your "R's" at the border - LOL), with Ellsworth being a little past half-way. We don't go to MDI too often, we prefer Boothbay Harbor. We like to go to nearby Wiscasset Ford and spend a half day test driving used cars. It sounds like an odd thing, but we do it about once a year, in the summer. That way Mrs. gyso gets to drive a Mini Cooper, if they have one on the lot. She will get to own one of her own, one of these days! We spent the rest of the day walking around Boothbay and getting my fix of the great seafood at McSeagulls. Boothbay is about a two hour drive from home, but it seems like there is less traffic getting there than driving to MDI.

http://mcseagullsonline.com/enter/

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Post by worcester on Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:31 pm

E.B. White' Elements of Style was my Bible.
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Post by Outside on Wed Mar 06, 2013 1:43 pm

Gyso,

Dropping the "R's" -- even on the West Coast, I get a regular dose of it in the Non Sequitur comic strip. It's set in Maine, and Captain Eddie at Flo's diner is the resident purveyor of Maine English (as well as tall tales).
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Post by gyso on Wed Mar 06, 2013 2:52 pm

mrkleen09 wrote:Colbert is one of the most consistently funny guys on TV. Starting to surpass John Stewart in my nightly lineup.

Jon Stewart is going to take 12 weeks off this summer to direct a most serious movie.

On Tuesday, Stewart told reporters he'll be taking a twelve-week hiatus from his hit TV series "The Daily Show" this summer to work on "Rosewater," a fact based drama adapted from the book "Then They Came For Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" by Maziar Bahari and Aimee Molloy. Shooting is scheduled to start in June.

Stewart was drawn to the story because he has a personal connection to the material. "Then They Came For Me" tells the true story of how Bahari, a Canadian-Iranian writer and filmmaker, found himself accused of attempting to overthrow the Iranian government, with Bahari's appearance in a satiric 2009 "Daily Show" sketch used as evidence against him.

"You can imagine how upset we were," Stewart said, "and I struck up a friendship with him afterwards."

After reading Bahari's book, Stewart felt it had possibilities as a film, and began writing a screenplay, later turning to producer Scott Rudin for advice. Rudin, whose credits include "The Social Network," "No Country For Old Men," and "There Will Be Blood," was impressed with Stewart's ideas for the film, and after coaching him through the writing process, agreed to produce the project in tandem with Gigi Pritzker of Odd Lot Entertainment.

Acknowledging the project will take him into unfamiliar waters, Stewart said, "I am a television person who is accustomed to having a thought at 10 a.m. and having it out there at 6:30 p.m. and moving on, so this is a little scary, yes. But one of the reasons we are in this business is to challenge ourselves, and I really connected to Maziar's story. It's a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free."

While Stewart said the film is not a comedy, he also stressed that it will not be as dark as a quick summary would suggest. "One of the things that appealed to me about the story is that it does have lighter moments." Stewart said. "One of the things that kept Maziar alive was his ability to keep his sense of humor - to remember about joy and laughter - and see the absurdity of his situation."


http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/jon-stewart-write-direct-fact-based-drama-rosewater-224231509.html

There's more:

The Daily Show's Jon Stewart is taking a break from his news satire show to produce and direct his first feature film.

Comedy Central announced Tuesday that the 50-year-old host will begin his eight-week hiatus this summer and return to the show after Labor Day, September 2.

Taking over his anchor chair will be Daily Show correspondent/writer John Oliver, who has been a regular on the show since 2006.

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/jon-stewart-taking-daily-hiatus-direct-movie-213700434.html

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