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Stephen Colbert’s Millennial Tutorial: Pay Phone Edition

Stephen Colbert’s Millennial Tutorial: Pay Phone Edition


( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: JON.
TIME FLIES, JON. TIME FLIES. ARE YOU– ARE YOU A MILLENNIAL?>>Jon: I’M– I’M A MILLENNIAL
BY THE– YEAH, BY DEFINITION.>>Stephen: YOU’RE A
MILLENNIAL, OKAY. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY EYE CAN’T
TELL WHAT CONSTITUTES MILLENNIAL ANYMORE.>>Jon: IT’S KIND OF VAGUE. BUT I’M A MILLENNIAL, BORN IN
’86. I DON’T LIKE THE TERM, THOUGH.>>Stephen: YEAH, THAT’S PROOF
THAT YOU’RE A MILLENNIAL. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS
MILLENNIALS DON’T GET TO EXPERIENCE AND WE JUST HIT
ANOTHER CULTURAL MILESTONE, AFTER THE RECENT CLOSING OF TWO
BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO STORES IN ALASKA, AMERICA HAS JUST ONE
BLOCKBUSTER LEFT IN OREGON, WHICH MEANS I AM NOW ONE STEP
AWAY FROM TAKING PERMANENT POSSESSION OF “THE CUTTING
EDGE.”( LAUGHTER )
YOU’LL SOON BE MINE FOREVER,
D.B. SWEENEY. AND THAT’S JUST ANOTHER THING
THAT’S FADING AWAY THAT YOUNG PEOPLE LIKE YOU WILL NEVER GET
TO EXPERIENCE, LIKE SENDING A FAX OR PAYING FOR PORNOGRAPHY. SO I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT
IT. I WANT TO GIVE THE YOUNGER
GENERATION TONIGHT A SHOT AT EXPERIENCES THAT WILL SOON BE
GONE FOREVER. AND IT STARTS RIGHT NOW. DO WE HAVE MILLENNIALS IN THE
AUDIENCE RIGHT NOW? YOU’RE NOT MILLENNIALS. YOU’RE NOT A– ARE YOU A
MILLENNIAL? ARE YOU A MILLENNIAL? COME WITH ME. COME WITH ME. COME ON. YOU’RE A MILLENNIAL. THERE WE GO. WE HAVE TO GO BACK DOWN HERE. COME ON. THIS IS– HOLD ON. THIS RIGHT HERE, THIS IS– WE
CALL THIS THE BILL MURRAY DOOR, OKAY. BECAUSE HE USED TO COME IN AND
OUT OF THIS DOOR A LOT. DO YOU KNOW WHO THAT IS?>>YEAH. THE WES AROUND MOVIE S.>>Stephen: YEAH, FROM WES
ANDERSON MOVIES. YOU’RE DEFINITELY A MILLENNIAL. WHAT’S YOUR NAME?>>CHRISTINE.>>Stephen: CHRISTINE. ARE YOU FROM NEW YORK?>>NO, I’M FROM MISSOURI.>>Stephen: OH, OKAY, THE SHOW
ME STATE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: HOW ARE YOU LIKING
NEW YORK? DO YOU FIND IT BEY?( LAUGHTER )
THAT’S A MILLENNIAL THING,
RIGHT, BEY? WRAE.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: OKAY, GOOD. WHAT DO YOU DO IN THE CITY?>>I’M JUST VISITING, HERE FOR
THE SUMMER.>>THAT’S NICE. THAT’S GREAT. WELL, I WANT TO SHOW YOU
SOMETHING WE’RE COMING UP ON RIGHT NOW THAT IS– THEY’RE
DISAPPEARING ALL OVER AMERICA. BUT I WANTED TO GIVE YOU AN
OPPORTUNITY TO USE SOMETHING THAT YOUR AGE NEVER, EVER HAS TO
DEAL WITH.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: HERE TOKAY. DO YOU– DO YOU KNOW WHAT THESE
ARE?>>YEAH.>>Stephen: WHAT IS IT?>>IT’S A PHONE BOOTH.>>Stephen: OKAY, IT’S A PHONE
BOOTH, OKAY. AND WHAT DO YOU DO IN A PHONE
BOOTH?>>YOU CAN CALL PEOPLE.>>Stephen: YOU CAN, YOU CAN. IT’S ONE OF THE THINGS YOU CAN
DO. IT’S ALSO A URINAL, ALSO. HAVE YOU EVER USED A PHONE BOOTH
BEFORE?>>I HAVE NOT.>>Stephen: YOU HAVE NOT USED
A PHONE–>>I HAVE NOT USE A PHONE BOOTH.>>Stephen: DO THEY STILL HAVE
THEM IN MISSOURI?>>PROBABLY.>>Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ANY
MEMORY OF ONE?>>NO.>>Stephen: YOU HAVE NO MEMORY
OF A PHONE BOOTH. I FEEL YOUNG. OKAY, LET’S SEE. LET’S SEE. UM… WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A
PHONE CALL RIGHT NOW?>>UM, SURE.>>Stephen: OKAY, GREAT. WHY DON’T YOU COME OVER HERE. DON’T TOUCH IT! DON’T TOUCH IT! BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO DISINFECT
TFIRST. HOLD ON. THERE YOU GO.( LAUGHTER )
( APPLAUSE )
>>OKAY.>>Stephen: ANYONE CAN COME
ALONG AND TOUCH THIS. YOU GOTTA– YOU GOTTA MAKE SURE. YOU KNOW THAT FLESH-EATING
BACTERIA THAT THEY FIND ON, LIKE, SUBWAY POLES AND STUFF
LIKE THAT? YOU HAVE EVER HEARD OF THAT?>>NO.>>Stephen: YOU NEVER HEARD
ABOUT THAT?>>NO.>>Stephen: BETTER– BETTER
THAT YOU NOT KNOW ABOUT IT, THEN.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: OKAY, LET’S SEE. DO YOU LIKE TO TEXT?>>YEAH.>>Stephen: OKAY, BECAUSE I
HEAR MILLENNIALS TEXT MORE THAN THEY MAKE PHONE CALLS.>>YEAH, YEAH, YEAH. I LIKE TO TO TEXT, YEAH.>>Stephen: YOU CAN TEXT ON
THIS, TOO. ALL YOU DO IT PICK UP THE PHONE,
YOU DIAL THE PERSON YOU WANT TO TEXT AND YOU TELL THEM WHAT IT
IS YOU WOULD HAVE TEXTED AND THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION.>>OKAY, YEAH.>>Stephen: LET’S MAKE A PHONE
CALL. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUARTERS ON YOU?>>NO.>>Stephen: YOU DON’T HAVE ANY
QUARTERS.>>DO YOU HAVE QUARTERS?>>Stephen: I HAVE QUARTERS
FOR YOU. THERE GU. HOLD THAT.>>THANK YOU.>>Stephen: THERE YOU GO. ALL RIGHT. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THESE BEFORE? THEY’RE LIKE VENMO YOU CAN
TOUCH.>>UH-HUH.>>Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ANY
IDEA HOW YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO THIS? WHAT’S YOUR GUEST GUESSHOW YOU
DO THIS?>>I THINK YOU PUT IT IN THERE,
THE SLOT.>>Stephen: GIVE IT A SHOT.>>OH, NO.>>Stephen: I GOT IT.>>OH, NO, OH, NO.>>Stephen: I GOT A LOT MORE. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.( LAUGHTER )
BECAUSE I’M RICH.
I’VE GOT A TV SHOW. DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT.>>OKAY. SO THEN YOU —
>>Stephen: NO, YOU HAVE TO PICK IT UP FIRST.>>HOW MUCH DOES IT COST,
THOUGH?>>Stephen: I DON’T KNOW. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? WE DON’T KNOW.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: PICK IT UP.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: NOW, DIAL A PHONE
NUMBER. DO YOU KNOW ANY PHONE NUMBERS
OTHER THAN YOURSELF OR YOUR PARENTS?>>UHM… YOU CAN’T LOOK AT YOUR
PHONE.>>NO, I DON’T.>>Stephen: YOU DON’T KNOW ANY
PHONE NUMBERS. SEE, YOU HAD TO TULY KNOW PHONE
NUMBERS WHEN THESE WERE AROUND.>>Y DON’T KNOW HOW YOU DO THAT.>>Stephen: CALL THIS PIZZA
PLACE. I’LL GIVE YOU THE NUMBER, READY,
1-917-261-4204. IS IT RINGING IN THERE?>>THANK YOU FOR CALLING
NEAPOLITAN EXPRESS, THIS IS ANGIE.>>HI. CAN I GET FIVE LARGE CHEESE
PIZZAS.>>Stephen: YUP.>>FIVE LARGE CHEESE PIZZAS. SURE. CAN I HAVE A NAME FOR THAT
ORDER?>>CHRISTINE.>>ALL RIGHT, CHRISTINE, GIVE IT
ABOUT FIVE OR SIX MINUTES.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, BYE-BYE.>>Stephen: DID IT WORK?>>IT WORKS!>>Stephen: LET’S DO ONE MORE. LET’S DO ONE MORE. YOU GET THIS.>>OKAY.>>Stephen: FACE THE CAMERA. I’LL WISPENER YOUR EAR WHAT YOU
WOULD SAY INTO A PHONE BOOTH IF THIS WERE THE HEYDAY OF PHONE
BOOTHS.>>OPERATOR, GET ME KLONDIKE
3252. I HAVE TO GET MY LOVER BEFORE HE
SHIPS OFF TO THE WAR. WE HAD A FIGHT. AND I DON’T WANT HIM TO FACE THE
JERRYS WITHOUT MY LOVE. JERRY SEINFELD?( LAUGHTER )>>Stephen: WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK
WITH JESSICA BIEL.

100 thoughts on “Stephen Colbert’s Millennial Tutorial: Pay Phone Edition”

  1. I think there is major confusion between Millennials and Generation Z. Millennials all know what Blockbuster is, come on. Pay phones? Of course. We grew up with all of this. We aren't dumb. It is Generation Z who would be clueless. Please keep in mind that the oldest Millennials are in their mid-30s. They are not teenagers.

  2. Stephan, you totally lied to her about how to disinfect the phone. You KNOW you're supposed to pick up the receiver and rub it on your leg!

  3. Yeah as many people have pointed out I'm a millennial (87) and didn't have a cell phone until I was like 16-17. I used pay phones plenty of times, I'd ride my ride up to blockbuster and even blockbuster competitors (16,000 movies anyone? free popcorn!), pre-56K modems, windows 95 and 98 and the ME debacle and Y2K and all of that.

  4. I find it always confusing to call people from a certain age "Millenial". This video is a nice demonstration. In Italy, in my adolescence (i am a millenial) phone booths were common and we actually used them(I remember some prank calls). So probably the definition of millenial really depends on where you come from.

  5. Baby Boomers 1945-60
    Gen X 1960-80
    Gen Y 1980-95 (Millennials)
    Gen Z 1995-2010 (Christine)
    Not sure what to call babies born post 2010! Gen Digital?

  6. Im a millennial and i have lots of memories of payphones. In Ny back when it was 25cents like like 3 mins. I used to call and give the person the number on the phone so they can call me back! Lmao

  7. She's more of a centennial than a millennial. All of these jokes are targeted for centennials. Still entertaining though.

  8. You guys realize some millenials are almost 40 now right? I grew up going to blockbuster, worked there when I was 17. Sent many faxes, still do sometimes.

  9. Stephen should do this more often. Introducing Millenials in old fading technologies. Like even visiting the last Blockbuster in America

  10. This falls a bit flat cuz most millennials do remember pay phones, VHS, walkmans, film canisters, etc. It's iGen Stephen is trying to make fun of. The Jerry thing is funny, but that's more of a history buff thing. Baby boomers weren't even around for "Jerries" technically

  11. Wait, so American millennials have never actually called on a public phone? I was born in 1984 and for a long time, I used public phones. When I was in high school (from 1999 to 2001) my parents always asked me to have a public phone card with me and call in case I planned to arrive later than usual.

  12. Shame America appears to have forgotten as to what their grandparents went through.., trying to stay in touch in the middle their stand to save the western world and esp. us down here in the Pacific…

    Thank old US👍🇺🇸🌹

  13. Did they dub what the woman on the phone was supposedly saying? Either they modified the phone to record what the person being called was saying.

    Either way it sounded obviously fake.

  14. Yes, we had all those things listed but not a majority of us have used the actual pay phones we see. We've always had the luxury of asking some establishment if we could use their phone. Give Christine a break.

  15. I still remember my grandmother's phone number in NY from the 1960s: Granite 4-3011. We didn't even have to dial area codes then. OK…I'm older than a millenial…

  16. Im Gen Z and I grew up with VHS tapes from blockbuster rentals, and we had blockbuster up til I was a sophomore in high school. I remember seeing pay phones, grew up with a landline and my parents didn’t have cell phones until I was in middle school. So Millennials definitely have experienced these things.

  17. I’m so tired of people mid labeling millennials, I don’t even think people understand the oldest ones are like fucking 30, they need to get their labels right the generation everyone has a problem with are the gen z’s/alphas 🤦🏾‍♂️

  18. Pew Research defines a Millennial as someone born between 1981 and 1996. The experience between old an young Millennials can be very different. I'm in the older half. When I was a freshman in college, I visited a city I was only vaguely familiar with, and found a payphone with a phone book so I could look up the address to a store I wanted to visit while in town. At that time, I had a cell phone, but it wasn't a smartphone. iPhone didn't exist yet. That year, the youngest Millennials turned 9 years old, by the time they were freshman in college, they probably all had smartphones. If they didn't, I'm sure if they found a payphone, it didn't have a phone book.

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  20. Goddamit Stephen! You don't know how much it costs to make a phone call from a payphone? You're the old man who is supposed to know everything about a payphone!

  21. People are always saying now, "How'd we skip a generation?" (regarding Millenials and gen. Z) But I think it's pretty simple. Instead of going by actual generations. from this point forward generations will be decided by what kind of technology you grow up with, or how your world affects you growing up. Not the every 25 years, a new generation bullcrap, that stuff's boring af.

  22. Steven Coal Bert should be down on his pompous knees kissing Trump's ass. Without Trump he'd be out of work. He literally has no other material. Absolutely nothing to be on TV for except to make feeble jokes about the President.
    Don't know how he got the spot. He was kinda funny with some set up one-liners when he had a few seconds on Jon Stewart's show but not near enough to go out on his own.

  23. This is the shit that annoys me.

    It's always 1 dumbass that's obviously silver-spoon fed to the point you need to give them a trophy whey they tie their shoe correctly….

  24. This is insulting:
    1. I'm a "millenial" (born in 91)
    2. I know who Bill Murray is
    3. I can and have memorized phone numbers
    4. I know what a payphone is and how they work
    5. I know what quarters are
    6. I've even rented from a video store
    7. I know what phone calls are and to this day make them frequently

    Using millenial to make it sound like people of my gen are unintelligent and out of touch with "the old days" is insulting. How about this: move on, it was the fricken 90s and we were all like 2-12 yrs old. Did your parents and grandparents hassle you for not knowing what a telegraph was?

  25. Honestly, "Millenials" are probably the last generation that will remember pay phones or renting movies, because we grew up with them. I would focus on later generations.

  26. Yea….youngest millennial is what, 23, 24? pretty sure she's younger than that….. Maxine Harper said it best…we grew up with everything they were clowning millennial about….Definitely a Gen Z. Hell, I was still using a pay phone my Senior year of High school into college along with my pager….

  27. Y'all are going to need to start making fun of Gen Z. Millenials are in our 30's & yes we remember all of those things. Sooo. Making fun of the wrong generation there, Steve. Haha

  28. Wow she suddenly grew a mic on her dress just as they changed cameras. Was she REALLY a random audience member? Typical liberal media LIES!! Sad.
    (obviously a joke)

  29. Born in 83 and I hate how we're grouped as Millennial by some people. I don't understand why.

    Rented movies from video stores
    used payphones
    Dial up internet was the norm as a kid
    NES and Super NES
    VCRs no bluray or PVR Guide
    Had to go get a news paper to check times for Movies
    Had to get a TV Guide to know what was on TV
    Never have, and never will use the word "bae" in a normal conversation – dont even know what that is
    My first cell phone was a Nokia 918 – didnt do texting
    Avacado has never touched my toast
    Remember Phone numbers without looking in my cell's contact app

    I just dont get how there are people who are 18-22 who have no clue how to use a pay phone. seems weird to me.

  30. She's not a millennial… I am 26 at the younger end of the "millennial generation" and I don't think I had a cell phone until around the start of high school. I'd be surprised if there are actually many millennials who haven't used a pay phone.

  31. I'm a boomer. About 6 years ago, I went into an Office Depot store (or similar to) and asked if they carried "carbon paper". The clerk had no idea what it was and asked other clerks. Finally, one clerk did and brought me over to it. Pleasantly surprised they still carried it.

  32. When will the mass media realize that Millennials aren't the youngest generation anymore? Gen Z is! Millennials were NOT born in the 2000's! I know it may seem that way since the prefix "millenn-" is associated with the new millennium, but that's just not how it works! I hope people realize this in the future!

  33. Still use public telephones (though they are becoming rare). Never owned a mobile phone. I email, but refuse to text.

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  35. I love her outfit so much. I’m 17 so a GenZ, the generation after millennial and I have used a pay phone before.

    Also Stephen never say bae again

  36. There are no generations, just a long continuous string of people throughout time. People are born every day, not in batches or versions like cars or phones. I know some people in there 70s that I share more common interests with than some people I know in there 30s (I'm 22). Also, blockbuster is not as old as everyone seems to think. I still remember my parents taking me and my younger brother to block buster every Saturday, as does he and he's 3.5 yrs younger than I. It's fair to say that some groups of people have shared experiences that those younger than them will never have, but so what? That's part of being human. My life experience will very drastically from anyone else's, whether they be 2 years older or 42 years older than me. To try and divide and categorize us by who was born when or by who remembers what is just counterproductive to the advancement of society since all it does is create meaningless teams which gives everyone an "us vs them" mentality. The sooner we get rid of these walls we call 'generarions' the sooner we can start operating as a team to tackle all of the world's many many problems efficiently.

  37. One of our textbooks in college that talks about marketing to different generations said gen z started in 2000-2005 but most generally is regarded as 2000. And she's from Missouri, where I'm from. Honestly good for her, this place is fucking hellhole of republican nonsense. Even if it is just for the summer.

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