When it comes to dropping names, Hillary Clinton takes a back seat to no man – especially Stephen Colbert.
The New York Daily News reports on the former first lady's unannounced visit to The Colbert Report on Tuesday night for a mock competition with the show's wry host.
The game kicked off with Colbert – in full faux conservative mode – announcing that he had recently listened to an audio version of Clinton's new biographical tome, Hard Choices, which documents her four years spent as U.S. Secretary of State under Barack Obama.
"Here is the Colbert review: This book is 656 pages of shameless name-dropping!"
Taking quotes directly from the book, the show referenced Clinton's tales of meetings with rich, famous and important people, ranging from Tanzanian prime minister Mizengo Pinda to U2 front man and philanthropist Bono.
Added Colbert: "I just don't buy any of this. There is no way on Earth one woman can be in so many places at once."'
Of course, Colbert's bluster was simply the setup for Clinton's surprise entrance onto the stage, which earned a round of cheers from Colbert Report studio audience.
Over the next few minutes, Clinton and Colbert playfully sparred with each other about which one had the most memorable celebrity encounters.
You can watch the episode in its entirety here.
To summarize the segment, Colbert made claim to being close pals with the likes of George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey.
Clinton dropped the names of Meryl Streep and Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa.
As the game stepped up, Colbert boasted, "I know Paul McCartney." Clinton countered with: "I negotiated with [Afghanistan president] Hamid Karzai."
At that point, all Colbert had left was, "I shared an office with Steve Carell…"
Obviously bested at the name-dropping game, Colbert then attempted to throw down what he believed was his trump card: "I will have you know, madam, that I once did an entire show with President Bill Clinton."
Responded Clinton coolly: "I hate to break this to you, Stephen, but I've met him, too."
In the sit-down's closing moments, Clinton told the host, "Your choice: Promote my book or I will not appear on your show."
Reasoned Colbert: "But you have already appeared on my show."
At which point Clinton snapped her fingers and her head was suddenly pixilated on-screen to hide her identity.
"I learned that from George Lucas," said a triumphant Clinton, referring to the creator of the Star Wars film franchise.
And because the truly wise man knows when he's lost a battle, Colbert then said resignedly, "Fine, fine. Buy Hard Choices. Buy it in bookstores everywhere where there are still bookstores."
Make that game, set and match to Ms. Clinton.
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Source: Us Weekly
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Source: The Wrap
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Source: The Wrap
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Source: Hollywood Reporter