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Colbert Mocks Mask Confusion In A Way A Nerd Like Me Can Really Understand

By Andrew Sanford | TV | May 19, 2021 |

By Andrew Sanford | TV | May 19, 2021 |

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To mask or not to mask? That is the question. Especially since the CDC is lifting mask guidelines … but not for everybody … and not for everywhere … but in most places? It’s confusing and some people, myself included, are still either unsure or gunshy about shedding masks. While we wait for this to all get sorted out, it’s important to try and laugh about it. Just ask Stephen Colbert!

On the newest episode of A Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show opened with a Dark Knight Rises-inspired video segment about masking up. In it, Bane — notorious for being pro mask before it was cool — is as confused as we are.

I really appreciate the Bane voice in this bit. I feel like it’s real easy to go over the top with it. As someone who liked Tom Hardy’s version of the character, I’ve always noticed that people tend to exaggerate the villain’s voice when parodying him. Yes, that is more or less par for the course as far as parodies are concerned, but I feel the voice was (purposefully) silly enough as it is. A straightforward impression works much better.

Second, Dark Knight Rises is a rad movie that doesn’t get enough credit. Part of that could be because of how monumental The Dark Knight was. I love that flick too (I love all three Nolan Batman movies), but Rises closes out the trilogy in such a satisfying way, I’m just happy to see it get more attention, albeit almost a decade later.

The Colbert Crew consistently crushes cold opens and in this case, they even made it niiiice and nerdy. It’s like Christmas! In sketch form!… For nerds!

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Andrew lives in NYC. You can follow him on Twitter.

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