“A day doesn’t go by that Stephen Colbert doesn’t do something for DonorsChoose,”Charles Best told me over a recent lunch. Best is the Founder and CEO of DonorsChoose, an online charity that makes it easy to help students in need through school donations. Colbert serves on the board.
Best explained that every evening, Colbert gives a DonorsChoose gift card to his Colbert Report guests. The gift cards, for which Colbert has already paid, gives guests an opportunity to go online to choose where the contribution will go. The idea is that once guests start looking at the teachers and their requests on the DonorsChoose site, they will continue giving on their own, and perhaps even start giving gift cards themselves.
(article) “Martin Freeman: Master of the universe”, 2005
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being with someone you love, with a family, and doing the work you want to do.
What is your greatest fear?
That there is a hell and I’m going there.
Which living person do you most admire?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What has been your most embarrassing moment?
Sitting next to someone I’ve publicly cussed.
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I look like the man in the moon.
What is your most unappealing habit?
Picking my toenails.
What makes you depressed?
What is your favourite word?
What is your favourite book?
How did you vote in the last election?
For Socialist Labour.
How will you vote this time?
Which living person do you most despise?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Being easy-going. The world is full of easy-going, bungee-jumping twats; we don’t need any more.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
‘Mother of Christ’, ‘Jesus, Mary and Joseph’ - and I swear a lot.
How often do you have sex?
I’m having it now.
What keeps you awake at night?
Thinking about which shoes I am going to wear the next morning.
How would you like to die?
Peacefully and old.
How would you like to be remembered?
As a really nice man and the best actor ever.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Get the fuck on with it.