Jack Kingston Deserves The Emmy

David All from Jack Kingston’s staff emailed to let me know that Stephen Colbert did ask Kingston to play along as the straight man. With that being the case, Kingston deserves a freaking Emmy.

First off, we had to assume that going in to it because otherwise you’d have expected Jack to beat the hell out of Colbert by the end. But, that he not only did it, but did it so well, without ever really even laughing at things like the Jamie Foxx stuff, was great.

I just watched the clip again and laughed all over. The problem is, of course, some are going to (as Augustine and others assumed) jump to the conclusion that Kingston had no sense of humor. But, he played it so well and it was so funny, he deserves the “special guest” Emmy.


  1. TigerLily says:

    Couldn’t agree more. Still trying to decide if I liked the bit about being “African American” or “liking an open bar” more at this point.

  2. TigerLily says:

    Here is the transcript:

    COLBERT: Savannah is known for gardens, many which are good and evil, And at midnight a little bit of both…The First District includes five military bases, a five-star hotel, The Cloister — that’s a plug, got some time around Thanksgiving — and one U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston.

    Senator, are you a Georgia peach?

    KINGSTON: Not really. But I am a Georgian.

    COLBERT: Now, you were raised in Ethiopia.

    KINGSTON: Actually, I lived in Ethiopia. I wasn’t raised there.

    COLBERT: What was it like being raised in Ethiopia?

    KINGSTON: Unfortunately, I was too young to really remember anything. My mother said it was very nice. Lots of help, you know. My dad went hunting every weekend and a lot of parties at night. Haile Selassie was the dictator. My parents would actually kill our own food, like chickens, and what had been a pet only days before was dinner.

    COLBERT: How old were you?

    KINGSTON: I was two.

    COLBERT: You were two. That’s very young. Those are formative years. So in a very real way, you are an African-American.

    KINGSTON: That’s correct.

    COLBERT: Tell me about the African-American experience.

    KINGSTON: Sometime you come here and you hear the rhetoric, and you just, you know, wonder where you belong.

    COLBERT: As an African-American, you understand better than some of your white colleagues, the struggles of America’s underclass.

    KINGSTON: That’s right.

    COLBERT: And you represent most of Savannah?

    KINGSTON: Yes. It’s the Hostess City — the Hostess City of the South. In Atlanta, they ask you where you work, and in Augusta, they ask you who your family is. And in Savannah, they ask you what would you like to drink. And that’s why it is known as the Hostess City.

    COLBERT: What do you drink?

    KINGSTON: When I have the occasion, I’ll just drink whatever’s free.

    COLBERT: You are a fan of an open bar.

    KINGSTON: Yes.

    COLBERT: On a serious note, you said the 9/11 Commission is a reunion of political has-beens who haven’t had face time since “Seinfeld” was a weekly show. What’s your favorite “Seinfeld”?

    KINGSTON: All I can remember is George is always trying to get on with the New York Yankees and he goes to — he rides the subway and meets a woman, who somehow tricks him out of all of his money and his clothes and he’s lost somewhere in Manhattan completely naked, and just George being George.

    COLBERT: That was the simpler time.

    KINGSTON: Yes.

    COLBERT: Speaking of George, “Georgia on My Mind” is my favorite Jamie Foxx song.

    KINGSTON: I think that’s Ray Charles. But I also like the song.

    COLBERT: I’m pretty sure it’s Jamie Foxx. Pretty sure.

    KINGSTON: Pretty sure it’s Ray Charles. It’s the state song of Georgia.

    COLBERT: Right. Jamie Foxx.

    KINGSTON: Ray Charles

    COLBERT: Jamie Foxx.

    This is a little bit off topic. You said you joined the fraternity to meet girls. There are no girls in fraternities, for the record. Whoever that was in the dress, I hate to be the one to break it to you, here on television. That was a dude. I don’t know what your pledge week was like, but it was more horrific than you knew.

    KINGSTON: I was hoping he had a sister —

    COLBERT: Thank you for talking to us today.

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