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may know him as Michael Scott, but to those earlier apostles of the
cult of Jon Stewart, Steve Carell will always remain a favorite
correspondent of the Daily Show's early days. On Wednesday night, Carell
returned to his faux-news roots, making his first appearance on the Colbert
Report alongside fellow Daily Show alum Stephen Colbert. Carell tweaked his old colleague in the introduction to a "Carell Corral" ("My guest Steven Colbert is
definitely not a 40 year old virgin...he's 46!"). The duo later joined to recreate
Carell's Daily Show interview segment "Even Stevphens." Even Colbert had
to admit that "bantering with an old friend about mindless tinseltown
pablum is a welcome vacation from substance."
CARELL: Is it
awkward to interview me?
Stephen, I am thrilled to have you on my show, I just hope you're not
CARELL: Stephen, of course I'm comfortable, I'm the
one who moved on, grew up, while you hung around tricking perfectly nice
people into saying stupid things.
COLBERT: Steve, I am thrilled
for your success. Hell, I'm amazed by it. Nobody who knows you saw this
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