The Colbert Report Mercilessly Mocks Competitive Eating
Last night The Colbert Report ran part one of "A Sport Report Special Report: Eating the Distance," a mock-news profile of competitive eater Brad Sciullo: "There' more to it than just us sitting at table eating hot dogs... I find it to be very spiritual, I find that through consumption I'm able to find my center. I believe eating is just one of the most important things anyone can do."
His goal is to redefine the sport: "Competitive eating is becoming stale, no one want to watch us sit at a table downing food you can barely recognize... I believe the future of the sport is in the extreme. My major goal is to eat the one thing everyone thinks is impossible to eat."
We're then introduced to the Belly Buster ("Something no human should eat," says a doctor) in Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA, a hamburger that 711 people have tried, but no one has ever finished.The Belly Buster is made from a 22-ounce bun, a head of lettuce, two onions, three tomatoes, two cups each of ketchup, mustard, relish, and mayo, three pounds of cheese, 15 pounds of ground meat, and 15 pickles, that clocks in at over 30,000 calories.
Sciullo compares his struggle to the civil rights movement: "they marched on what they believe, and believer I can eat this burger." This is part one, mind you, we assume part two will show him fail at the challenge.