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Best of 2007 Video: D5 Intro With Stephen Colbert for Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman

Over the next week, I will be posting the most popular videos on BoomTown from 2007.

Before I interviewed Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, the crowd at D5 got to see a very funny video Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert did as an intro for his boss, whom he dubbed the “Dough Man.”

The Dauman interview took place the morning of May 31, 2007 at D: All Things Digital, the annual tech and media conference that Walt Mossberg and I host. The next conference takes place in late May 2008.

I dare you not to laugh when Colbert puts a piece of cable into a piece of cake and starts sucking.

Here’s the video:


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We found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations in Manhattan? A complete waste of time. They don’t predict anything. They serve primarily to make the interviewer feel smart.

— Google HR executive Laszlo Bock, telling the New York Times’ Adam Bryant that the company no longer asks applicants to complete mental gymnastics during job interviews. Via Quartz.