Lisa Birnbach

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Lisa Birnbach defines a preppy as somebody who has a classic outlook on life, as well as a classic wardrobe. (4:34)

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT RELEASED THE

BOOK "THE OFFICIAL PREPPIE

HANDBOOK" IN 1980.

WHO WOULD HAVE THAWING 30 YEARS

LATER WE'D STILL HAVE PREP BYES

BUT NOT BOOKS?

PLEASE WELCOME LISA BURNBACH.

THERE YOU GOSH, YOUNG LADY.

>> HOW DO YOU DO?

>> Stephen: NOW, YOU RELEASED

THIS BOOK 30 YEARS AGO.

>> A DIFFERENT BOOK 30 YEARS

AGO.

BUT STILL 30 YEARS AGO.

I HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT FACE

CREAM YOU'RE USING.

>> IT'S GOOD GENES I GUESS.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

THAT'S WHAT PREPPIE IS ABOUT.

>> IT REALLY IS, THE LUCK OF THE

JEANS.

>> Stephen: THIS BOOK IS

CALLED "TRUE PREP: IT'S A WHOLE

NEW OLD WORLD."

THIS IS A SEEK WELL, A REVISIT

OF THE CLASSIC 1980 OFFICIAL

PREPPIE HANDBOOK, CORRECT?

>> IT'S A LOOK AT PREPPIES IN

THE 21st CENTURY.

IT'S A WHOLE NEW BOOK.

IT'S NOT EXACTLY A SEEK WELL.

>> Stephen: THE OFFICIAL

PREPPIE HANDBOOK WAS INCREDIBLY

INFLUENTIAL TO ME.

AND I SHUDDER TO THINK WHAT

WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO A YOUNG

STEPHEN COLBERT IF IN 1980 HE

HAD WALKED INTO THAT BOOK STORE

AND BOUGHT MAYA ANGELOU OR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT INSTEAD OF

THE OFFICIAL PREPPIE HANDBOOK.

IT MADE ME WHO I AM.

WHO AM I THEN?

AS OF WHAT IS PREP TO PEOPLE WHO

DON'T UNDERSTAND?

>> A PREPPIE IS SOMEBODY WHO HAS

TREMENDOUS EASE, TREMENDOUS

CONFIDENCE, A LITTLE GOOFY, A

LITTLE SPORTY, AND USES RECEIVED

WISDOM BECAUSE HAVING NEW IDEAS

OF YOUR OWN IS NOT PREP.

>> Stephen: WHY DO YOU NEED

NEW IDEAS IF THE IDEAS YOU HAVE

IS WORKING FOR YOU?

>> AND IF IT WORKED FOR MOMMY

AND DADDY, SO MUCH THE BETTER.

>> Stephen: AND GRANDDADDY.

>> AND GRANDDADDY.

IT'S SOMEBODY WHO HAS A CLASSIC

OUTLOOK ON LIFE AS WELL AS A

CLASSIC WARDROBE.

>> Stephen: BUT IS THERE STILL

A PREP?

WITH THE ECONOMY THE WAY IT IS,

WITH THE OLD FAMILIES MARRYING,

LET'S FACE IT, FRINGE PEOPLE...

[LAUGHTER]

IS THAT THE RIGHT TERM?

I'M TRYING TO BE GENTLE.

>> PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE WAY.

>> Stephen: PEOPLE FROM ACROSS

THE WAY.

IS THERE STILL A PREP IF IT IS

NOT GENERATIONAL INHERITED

PREPNESS?

ISN'T THAT THE HALLMARK OF

PREPNESS?

>> THERE IS A KIND OF PREPPIE

THAT GREW UP THAT WAY WHO IS

THE...

>> Stephen: TO THE MANOR BORN.

>> EXACTLY.

I COULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER

MYSELF.

>> Stephen: NO, YOU COULDN'T

HAVE IT.

>> I COULDN'T SAY IT AT ALL.

>> Stephen: YES.

>> AND SOMEBODY WHO IS RACED

THIS WAY BY MANY GENERATIONS

WEARING OLD SWEATERS, READING

OLD YEAR BOOKS AND HAS NOTHING

NEW TO SAY.

BUT THEN THERE ARE ALSO PEOPLE

WHO ARE ASPIRING TO PREP COME,

AND FOR THEM THIS IS A MOMENT

WHERE THEY CAN ACTUALLY SAY, I

WANT TO SELF-IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

THAT ALLOWS ME TO WEAR KHAKIS,

ALLOWS ME TO DRINK BLOODIES AND

ALLOWS ME TO CASUALLY TOSS MY

SWEATER OVER MY SHOULDER.

>> Stephen: AND CASUALLIES

TOs AWAY ANY IDEAS THAT DO NOT

FIT IN WITH PREP DOM.

PREP DOM IS ABOUT FITTING IN.

>> THE WORLD HAS CHANGED.

THAT'S WHY THIS BOOK HAS COME TO

BE.

>> Stephen: PREPPIES DON'T

CHANGE.

THAT'S THE WHOLE IDEA.

THEY CALCIFY.

[LAUGHTER]

>> THEY DON'T CHANGE, BUT WHAT

ARE WE GOING TO DO IN A WORLD

WITH POLAR FLEECE AND THE

INTERNET AND THINGIES THAT BUZZ

AND RING?

WE HAVE TO...

>> Stephen: THEY'RE NOT

ALLOWED IN THE CLUB ROOM.

>> THEY'RE NOT ALLOWED AT THE

TABLE.

YOU MAY NOT TEXT AT THE TABLE.

>> Stephen: OF COURSE YOU MAY

NOT TEXT AT THE TABLE.

>> WELL, TELL THEM.

>> Stephen: DON'T TEXT AT THE

TABLE, NOT IN THE FORMER DINING

ROOM, BUT IF YOU WANT TO EAT ON

THE LOGE, YOU CAN TEXT THERE.

>> WE DON'T RECOMMEND YOU WEAR

SOCKS AT ANY TIME UNLESS IT'S

VERY, VERY COLD OUT.

>> Stephen: YOU SAY I'M ONE OF

THE TRUE PREPS.

I'M AN AVERAGE JOE WHO JUST

HAPPENS TO KNOW AT A WHITE TIE

DINNER PARTY THAT YOU DON'T TALK

TO THE GUY WITH THE BLACK TIE...

>> BECAUSE HE'S THE BUTLER.

>> Stephen: HE'S THE BUTLER.

EXACTLY.

>> EXACTLY.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Stephen: I'LL TELL YOU

SOMETHING ELSE, I'LL TELL YOU

SOMETHING ELSE PREPPIES DON'T

DO...

>> THAT.

>> Stephen: THEY DON'T DO

THAT.

>> WE NEVER DO THAT.

>> Stephen: LISA BURNBACH.

THE BOOK IS "TRUE PREP: IT'S A

WHOLE NEW OLD WORL

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