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I.C.Y.M.I.: Dolly Parton Brings Stephen Colbert to Tears on 'The Late Show'
Greetings, fellow pop culture aficionados, and welcome to week 37 of our I.C.Y.M.I. (In Case You Missed It) blog series, where we recap a handful of trending tidbits from the past week(s) in popular culture, in case you missed them.
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Last week, we called attention to 'A West Wing Special,' a re-enactment of a fan-favorite past episode that premiered on HBO Max last week to benefit When We All Vote. This week, we start with a feel-good moment from late-night T.V. Read on!
Stephen Colbert Sheds Tears as Dolly Parton Sings on 'The Late Show'
"Isn't it funny that sometimes there's nothing happier than a cry?"
That was Stephen Colbert's reaction on The Late Show this past week, after guest Dolly Parton graced the program with an a cappella rendition of "Bury Me Beneath the Willow," an old folk tune Parton's mother would sing to her as a child.
As Parton finished the second verse of her impromptu performance, Colbert is seen wiping his eyes with a tissue, to which Parton says, “So I better hush before you cry yourself to death and you can’t finish the show!”
Colbert, still crying and trying to laugh, responds with, “Like a lot of Americans, I’m under a lot of stress right now, Dolly! You got under my trip wire right there, that was pretty beautiful.”
The touching moment comes roughly in the middle of the nearly 12 minute interview embedded above, which also features Parton talking about her new book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics. In the interview, Parton, who has written more than 3,000 songs and won 10 Grammy Awards, also touches on some of the songs she's been writing lately that focus on people's struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she reveals her top three Parton tracks: "Coat of Many Colors," "I Will Always Love You," and "Down From Dover."
What Else To Catch Up On This Weekend
- Our It's Coming From Inside the House! horror watchalong series continues this evening with Ravenous, selected by special guest Seth Wolfson from Seattle's Hourglass Escapes. Registration for the virtual event is open now.
- Sticking with the spirit of all things scary, we launched a personality quiz this past week posing the question 'What Horror Movie Character Are You?' Take the test and let us know on social media what result you get!
- Our Be Heard—Vote! campaign moved forward with another arts organization interview featuring Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas Executive Director Sharon Nyree Williams. We also put together an inspiring playlist for you to listen to while you fill in the little bubbles on your ballot.
- And our series celebrating 20 years of MoPOP continued with milestone No. 16 highlighting our 2017 name change to Museum of Pop Culture.
What'd We Miss?
Now that we've filled you in on a few things, what do you feel we failed to mention? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up with a suggestion on social media. We'll look to include your ideas in our next edition of I.C.Y.M.I.
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