Oh, it’s on.
For those of you not insomniac enough (or DVR-less enough) to be able to watch The Colbert Report with any regularity, you may have missed the greatest ironic exchange on TV.
A while back, Stephen Colbert had a “green screen challenge” where he asked fans to knit an image of himself wielding a light saber (a la, Star Wars kid) into other videos. Well, earlier this month, the Decemberists created a green screen version of their video for “O Valencia” at mtvu.com and asked fans to put their own background images into it. In mock outrage, Colbert claimed they stole the idea from him and challenged his fans to put his lightsaber video into the Decemberists video. Then, the Decemberists counter-challenged that Colbert had ripped off the light saber idea from their onstage duel (video on YouTube) and that they were challenging Colbert to a guitar duel. Colbert accepted, stating he would “crush the Decembrists just like Tsar Nicholas I crushed the 19th century revolutionary movement in Russia, who they also ripped off!”
Well, it’s almost go time. The epic battle will take place this Wednesday night, December 20. The Decemberists promise “a blood-frenzy of guitar mayhem and pyrotechnics.” I wouldn’t miss it, if I were you.
As for the title of this post… Wikipedia knows everything. Ever. Scan for “Decemberist” in this list of famous duels.