July 1, 2015


Surprise: Stephen Colbert Did an Awkward Local TV Interview With Eminem


Forget Zane Lowe's exclusive boilerplate interview with Eminem on Apple Music's Beats 1 station. Soon-to-be David Letterman replacement Stephen Colbert just took over a public access program in Monroeville, Michigan and spent half of the 40-minute show interviewing Marshall Mathers, "a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music." Watch it. Immediately. Now.

This is basically the best episode of Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns (the one where our favorite beardo spanked that little brat Justin Bieber?) we've ever seen. Colbert treats Eminem like an awkward newb, quizzes him on melodies by Michigan rocker Bob Seger, implores him to take off his hood, and keeps Marshall on his befuddled toes throughout. "I'm so confused right now," Em says at one point. So are we. At how something so good and weird can exist.

Eminem showed up on Only in Monroe—which is not a fake thing Colbert made upto promote Southpaw, the Jake Gyllenhaal boxing movie featuring the motivational, "Lose Yourself"-ish single "Phenomenal." The song's got a very cinematic video coming soon (peep the teaser below) and a soundtrack produced by Shady, one that features him three times. (Alongside 50 Cent and the Weeknd.)