Stephen Colbert drops sarcasm, honors Steve Jobs
"He was a visionary who changed the way we use computers, listen to music, communicate and stay awake in meetings," Colbert said. "But the thing I will miss is that no one else could make me beg quite like him."
A montage of clips from the show's archives followed with Colbert pleading, screaming and licking computer screens for Apple products over the years.
iPhone: "Apple, what part of give me a free iPhone don't you understand?"
iPad 2: "Oh my god, I need it!I need it! Oh, give it to me! Come on Apple, give me one through the TV, I know you have the technology!"
Bragging that he was "the first non-Apple person to have an iPad," Colbert replayed a clip from last year's Grammy Awards where he showed off the tablet computer months before it went on sale.
"All day, newsmen have been quoting Jobs' inspiring words through the years, like his engaging keynote announcements, his philosophical 2005 Stanford commencement speech and the soaring rhetoric of the iTunes terms and conditions," Colbert quipped. "But on a personal note, I was one of the few people who could call Steve Jobs a close personal friend, in that he communicated with me once."
The communication? A pithy one-liner email from Jobs to Colbert after the Grammy appearance.
"Subject: Last Night
Using his iPad 2, Colbert tapped back a sweet and sincere reply while on-air:
"Right back at ya. Thanks for everything."
-- Shan Li
Photo: Stephen Colbert holds his iPad at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times
Video: Stephen Colbert honors Steve Jobs. Credit: Comedy Central