Must-see: Pussy Riot, Russian dissident band, forces Stephen Colbert to crack up (video)

Stephen Colbert interviewed the Russian dissident band Pussy Riot last night, and I am blown away at how good these women are.

They did an amazing interview, funny, witty, fearless. Simply amazing. I actually worried that they wouldn’t get Colbert’s humor. Hardly. They cracked him up.

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Pussy Riot is a feminist punk band, and they were thrown in jail for two years for having staged an impromptu performance/protest in a Russian church.  They were only released recently, mostly likely as part of a Putin ploy to improve the country’s image before the 2014 Winter Olympics, which are taking place in Sochi, Russia.

The interview was wide-ranging.  They talked about prison, Russia’s anti-gay laws, why they’re here in the US.  The two women were amazing.  I’m just blown away.  Their courage.  Their humor.  Their fearlessness.

STEPHEN COLBERT: What did you do that got your arrested?

PUSSY RIOT: We sang a fun song in a church.

STEPHEN COLBERT: Okay. So you broke the law?

PUSSY RIOT: Yes, and seemingly we broke it many times before that, because we had a lot of fun songs. One of them was called “Putin, piss off.”

STEPHEN COLBERT: Okay, now Vladimir’s a friend. I’m going to edit out anything bad you say about him, I want you to know that, okay?

PUSSY RIOT: It’s okay, we’re making our own taping right now.

STEPHEN COLBERT: All right, well, you will be searched before you leave the building.

PUSSY RIOT: We’ve had two years of practice hiding things from searches.

This was Colbert’s face after that last line:

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Then it continues:

STEPHEN COLBERT: What do you have against Vladimir Putin, he’s a strong man, that’s what Russia needs.

PUSSY RIOT: We have different ideas about a bright future, and we don’t want a shirtless man on a horse leading us into that.


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