Colbert Report takes extended look at the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Times got a high-profile role Tuesday in Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert's "extra special investigation" into the chase and capture of the Mystery Monkey of Tampa Bay -- the macaque monkey which eluded capture for four years in Pinellas County.
Former Times reporter Emily Nipps and ex-Times staffer Don McBride are the first people quoted in Colbert's story, a pre-taped bit in which he asks the question: "Why would anybody, even a monkey, want to live in Tampa?" (the answer, of course, is that the monkey lived in St. Petersburg, where he was caught on October.)
It's an example of Colbert's amazing wit and talent for poking serious fun at people without seeming too harsh.
So we can forgive him the cracks about the heat and backwards folks in Florida - because what other community could have produced a monkey with this kind of profile?
Watch -- and laugh - below: