The funniest man on television, Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, will square off in a winner-take-all guitar solo battle royal with Decemberists' multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk next Wednesday night, December 20, at 11:30pm ET/PT.
"How did this come about? It sounds kind of random..."
Indeed, it does sound kind of random, but die-hard Colbert fans know the answer. As I watch The Colbert Report religiously, let me explain. On November 29, Colbert ran a segment called "Look Who's Riding My Coattails Now," to bust The Decemberists collective balls about their mtvU-sponsored "Re-Animate The Decemberists" contest. This contest put The Decemberists in front of a green screen and asked college kids everywhere to "finish" the video. Only problem is, Colbert did the same thing moths earlier, putting himself in front of a green screen with a light saber (a-la that dorky kid from the internet) and had his fans "finish" the segment. The winner of "Stephen Colbert's Green Screen Challenge" was George Lucas (yes, that George Lucas).
"Let's see how well they perform their trademark brand of hyper-literate prog-rock when I'm slicing off their legs at the knee," said Colbert, brandishing a Star Wars-style light saber to underscore his contentiousness. "Oh yes. They will feel the pain."
After hearing this, The Decemberists fired back at Colbert via Pitchfork and challenged Colbert to a guitar duel.
"Put down the pen, Colbert, and pick up the axe! Let's see what kind of a man you really are," said the band in a statement, adding, for dramatic effect, "Let's SHRED!"
And know what? He accepted!!!!!
Set your Tivos gang, it's going to be the funniest shit you'll ever see on TV... probably.