Stephen Colbert & Frank Rich: The Highlights

Stephen Colbert spoke with Frank Rich at the 92nd Street Y last night. We missed it and are kicking ourselves. However, Portfolio‘s Jeff Bercovici stopped by and recounted the highlights:

He does a great Bill O’Reilly impression — and I’m not talking about the O’Reilly-inspired character he does on The Colbert Report. Recounting the time he met the Fox News host at last year’s Time 100 party, he re-created both O’Reilly’s words and his voice: “Can I give you some advice? Watch who you book as guests. You can have Olbermann on, and you can have Franken on, but people see a pattern.”

His theory on why O’Reilly agreed to be a guest on The Colbert Report: “I think he might be flattered by the doppelganger. He’s got some sense of humor about himself.”

He also does a pretty funny Henry Kissinger. “Somewhere in our tape library, there exists five solid minutes of me trying to convince Dr. Henry Kissinger to say, ‘Where are my pancakes? I was promised pancakes.’…We got him to say it, but very quietly.”

Even though he’s mounting an annoyingly-ubiquitous run for president, he’d be happy to see someone else win: “I would love to see a President Huckabee because if our president were named ‘Huckabee,” how bad could anything really seem?… It’d be as if the entire country was animated by Hanna Barbera. Can you imagine the Huckabee Monument?”

Also, it turns out that his Maureen Dowd column (actually written with two members of his staff) was totally Dowd’s idea. We love her more and more by the minute.