It takes Stephen Colbert to make fish fly on Capitol Hill.
Colbert came down to Washington in August to film another installment of his "Better Know a District" series, this time with Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. McDermott's "fighting seventh" district includes the city of Seattle, which is also home to the Pike Place Fish Market, where fish routinely fly through the air.
So Colbert decided to recreate this fish market feel, and "live out a lifelong dream" of salmon-tossing, in the hallway of the Cannon House Office Building.
"We asked the staff not to say anything, but honestly, there were definitely other offices that poked their heads out, so I'm surprised nothing leaked," Amber Macdonald, McDermott's communications director, told Whispers on how such a ruckus went unreported.
McDermott heaved a salmon at Colbert several times (mostly missing).
"We've got too big a salmon," McDermott acknowledged. Finally the Comedy Central host whacked the fish out of the air with a baseball bat.
The interview also included Colbert asking McDermott if he likes big butts, a nod to the fact that rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot, of "Baby Got Back" fame, hails from Seattle.
"I'm not sure what you're driving at with your question," McDermott responded. "The answer's no."
Colbert also brought along a picture of McDermott posing for the NOH8 campaign with duct tape over his mouth. "It was a gay group that had me do that, I've forgotten what the issue was," McDermott told Colbert. "You're telling me you had a photo shoot with a bunch of gay people with duct tape and you have no recollection of what happened?" Colbert shot back.
The interview aired Thursday night and McDermott was pleased with the result. "The Congressman is a big fan of Mr. Colbert and had a great time talking to him," Macdonald said. "He's definitely glad he was able to participate."