Toronto Diary
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Buddy Cole covers Sochi for The Colbert Report

Look, I’ll level with you here. We’ve got about two more weeks of Sochi at the time of writing, and examining Putin’s policies on a daily basis is becoming . . . let’s call it “soul eroding.” Not the technical term, but it works.

There’s only one man who can make Sochi tolerable. One man who can spotlight the homophobic undercurrent of the Winter Olympics with nothing but an irreverent quip. He is the hero we need but not the one we deserve. He is . . . BUDDY COLE!

[Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report/ via Comedy Central]

Yes, Scott Thompson has revived his beloved Kids in the Hall character in order to cover Sochi for The Colbert Report. Thompson’s week commenced on Feb 10, with a segment featuring Buddy interviewing American Ambassador Dan Baer about the vagueness of Russia’s gay propaganda law.

As important as it is to keep our focus on Putin’s anti-gay policies, especially when the media is still in his backyard, it helps to have a bit of levity in there to keep from burning out. Consider Buddy Cole the spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.