Friday, September 11, 2015

Uber CEO Appeared On 'Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert' Last Night

Of course, he had to defend 'surge pricing.'

If I was Travis Kalanick, I would have explained surge pricing in terms of CBS advertising pricing, where, in line with supply and demand, CBS raises the prices of advertising for popular shows.

And ended with, "Don't worry Stephen, if you have more guests like me, you will get there."



  1. Advertising is a perfect example of surge pricing. Closer to home I would ask Colbert if he had to negotiate for his current contract or did he take what ever the execs said they could afford to pay him? My guess is he negotiated his contract to get paid what he felt he was worth. If so, why does he feel a driver and a passenger should not be allowed the same privilege?

  2. I’ve been down on Rand as much as anyone. He should quit and go home. However, I could never understand the popularity of the talentless “progressive” Colbert. In his stupid and vicious attack on Rand Wednesday night, Colbert is doing a NYT/Walter Block thing on all of us, suggesting that libertarians are pro-slavery. Colbert said:

    As Rand Paul says of his own online merchandise, “Thomas Jefferson would be proud.” So much better than Rand's original slogan, “Impress a slaveholder!”. A screenshot:

    The entire show (go to 9:30):

    I’m livid. This kind of thing is much worse than using the N word in private. I call for Colbert to be banned.

    1. Goozfraba:

      The Lincoln-Douglas Debates 4th Debate Part I
      September 18, 1858

      "... and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race."

    2. Someone at CBS must have ripped Colbert a new one for the Thomas Jefferson comment. Here he is on September 10th sucking up to Joe Biden:

      JOE BIDEN: My mom used to say, “remember, nobody is better than you, but you’re better than nobody. Everybody’s equal.” My mother really pounded it into our heads.

      STEPHEN COLBERT: You know, there’s another person who said that and that’s Thomas Jefferson and this is why I think people want you to run for President. And I know that’s an emotional decision you have to make, but it’s going to be emotional for a lot of people if you don’t run.

      And sir, I just want to say that I think that your experience and your example of suffering and service is something that would be sorely missed in the race. Not that there aren’t good people on both sides running, but I think we’d all be very happy if you did run. And if you don’t, I know that your service to the country is something we should all salute. So thank you so much.

  3. Honestly, I find Colbert and Stewart really good comedians. But their politics are terrible. Same with Maher, when he is not talking about politics/economics he's pretty funny. For the record, I loathe their politics/economics.