Stephen Colbert’s Millennial Tutorial: Pay Phone Edition

Stephen Colbert’s Millennial Tutorial: Pay Phone Edition

Stephen gives one lucky Millennial a chance to experience something that may soon be gone forever.

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101 Responses

  1. kingnish says:

    Moment they walk out of the door, a mic appears on her!

  2. FridgeProductionsInc says:

    I used to use phone booths when I was a kid, I even had a special card with credit for them.
    And I’m only 28!

    • Julia Stankevych says:

      Me too! When I was a kid if we needed to call abroad/another city we had to book a call in a special place. Or got an invitation to receive call at certain time. What a fun! I’m 31.

    • Plucky Pluckster says:

      credit cards for phone booths? No, No, No you were doing it wrong. you call collect and then squeeze your message into the spot where you say your name. BOOM! FREE CALL =D

    • teppolundgren says:

      Big deal, granddad. I was 28 by the time pay phones died out.
      You never had to deal with the stress of saying what you had to say before your mountain of coins ran out.
      And you never tried to hack a pay phone the way Matthew Broderick did in War Games…

    • Strigidae Strigiformes says:

      Ah… good ol’ Blockbusters… the velvety red / purple curtains with all the softcore / “rubbing their navels against each other” porn, I could pretend to be 18 to take out only to get embarrassingly denied and left to… “view” pictures from the hustler magazine I found in the dumpster. Now I’m into anime tentacle porn, butt stuff and… “other” stuff. Let’s just say “incognito mode” is my homepage. How I used to be so innocent. I also remember phone booths… and how I could make reverse calls and prank calls. I still memorize people’s phone numbers, out of habit, and I remember dial up *grim* how I do not miss you for even one second, and I thank the good lawd that you are burning in hell for your crimes against humanity’s patience.

    • Liene Rozenลกtrauha says:

      Same here. I come from Latvia. I was born in 1993 and used phone booths up until early 2000s. With cards :D. Also, the dial-up internet for most of my childhood.

  3. walter flores says:

    Jerry Seinfeld ?๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    As one myself (millennial) smh. Lol

  4. Steve the Cat Couch says:

    That was a pay phone, but it was not in a phone booth.

  5. UnorthodoxThinker says:

    Millennials used pay phones though.

    Should’ve had a Gen Z (1995-2010) kid on instead.

  6. Maro Sakr says:

    Ah honey!!! She’s adorable!

    I’m just worried about that pizza place. Their phone must be ringing off the hook.

    • Shovi says:

      And she didn’t give any address…

    • retnavybrat says:

      +Shovi That pizza place may be dine in / take out only.

    • Daniel Clark says:

      Yeah buddy!
      For all you New Yorkers, yes this is what Mid-Westerners are like. Friendly and curious lol.

    • CyberneticNixie says:

      Nah, in the city they’re basically constantly churning out plain cheese pies because the slices go fast, and if you’re cooking them at industrial temperatures in the ovens, it only takes about 7-10 minutes to bake one from raw, so it’s just a matter of grabbing ones that were already baking and putting them in boxes to go.

    • Henrique Erzinger says:

      it was a fake setup so they had something to call, dude…
      1. we got the other side’s audio cristal clear.
      2. 5 minutes for multiple pizzas
      3. She never asked where to deliver it…

  7. Cait P. says:

    This is why I don’t like the definition of millennial… I grew up living at my local Blockbuster, used payphones on my way home from school, stole my brother’s porn…

    • Thessaloz George says:

      @Cait P. I mean 10 times smarter to get what they want (from porn to music). All the parents i know so far (including mine) agree that millennials are smarter for their age. I am defencive because i didn’t need to steal porn ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Plucky Pluckster says:

      actually blockbuster- millennials know, I think more, its a lack of understanding/debating when the date ranges of gens start and end. Not knowing about blockbuster is a Gen Z thing.

    • CornishCreamtea07 says:

      it’s not the definition that’s the problem, it’s that no one seems to bother looking up the dates for one.

    • Akshay Verma says:

      Cait P. Haha, I was 16 when the Blockbuster closed down near me.. And I just applied there for a job. And was interviewed, 2 weeks later they called and said the location was shutting down and they apologise for any inconveniences.
      Man I loved that place. Phonebooths I’ve used twice. Both in New York while visiting family

    • Strigidae Strigiformes says:

      Ah… good ol’ Blockbusters… the velvety red / purple curtains with all the softcore / “rubbing their navels against each other” porn, I could pretend to be 18 to take out only to get embarrassingly denied and left to… “view” pictures from the hustler magazine I found in the dumpster. Now I’m into anime tentacle porn, butt stuff and… “other” stuff. Let’s just say “incognito mode” is my homepage. How I used to be so innocent. I also remember phone booths… and how I could make reverse calls and prank calls. I still memorize people’s phone numbers, out of habit, and I remember dial up grim how I do not miss you for even one second, and I thank the good lawd that you are burning in hell for your crimes against humanity’s patience.

  8. TheRegret says:

    WOAH WOAH WOAH, jon batiste is X gen, definitely, why? because those jokes about fax and paying for porn jon can remember, no milennial will understand other than reference at least jon batiste can remember those things.

    • Coleen Parsons says:

      I Speak My Truth – you’re speaking mine, too! One day, when parts are just parts and we all realize we’re more than just the sum of them, we’ll probably have universal health care.

    • K. Nichole Howard says:

      The majority of millennials are in their 30s. Literally all millennials are at least mid 20s. 1980-1994. Jon’s in the middle.

    • pixiebells says:

      TheRegret Millennials are specifically born from 1980 to 1995 and I knew what all of those things were and I’ve used them.

    • pixiebells says:

      Coleen Parsons you got that backwards: baby boomers were born in the 1950s so they’re now in their 60s. Generation X were born in the 70s and now they’re in their 40s

    • Knux Kitsune says:

      My roommate was born in 1986. I was born in 1984. We’re both Millennials. There still seems to be mass confusion as to what a Millennial is.

  9. seth says:

    Does he think that millennials are teenagers? We grew up with Blockbusters and phone booths. I didn’t know anyone with a cell phone until I was in high school.

  10. Kaleb Gates says:

    Jerry Seinfield would not particularly enjoy that mistaken identity… ๐Ÿ˜‚

  11. The Philosopher says:

    GEN Z… Please step forward.. as they are confusing millennial with you!

    • CornishCreamtea07 says:

      I have nothing against people making fun of millennials, it would just be nice if they got the time period right. Otherwise we just get jokes that make no sense at all

    • David Duarte says:

      I thought they were gonna call Gen Z: Centennials…whatever happened to that label?

    • K. Nichole Howard says:

      David Duarte
      Didn’t stick all that well. It’s going through a lot of names right now, like the founders or the homeland generation, but the one likely to win popular favor is the iGen

    • Jane's Affliction says:

      People have been complaining about the next generation since Plato’s time. It’s just a tool to divide us so that we’re easier to herd, like cattle. They’d better not call it the iGen, because Apple is garbage. They shouldn’t call it anything, just let it be.

    • David Duarte says:

      Well Stephen Colbert was born in 1964 so he’s either an older GenXer, younger Baby Boomer, or Generation Joneser, depending on who u ask. He’s confused as well so don’t blame the messenger.

  12. Gauss24 says:

    she murdered stephen with the jerry error. also 5 min to prepare 5 cheese pizza, i wouldn’t eat those pizza’s if i valued my health

    • Richard Sloniker says:

      Iโ€™ll take them! ๐Ÿคค

    • retnavybrat says:

      +John Lee Maybe that place doesn’t deliver?

    • MrOneye says:

      Gauss24 that pizza shop is feet away from the studio. The reason why each slice is going to probably cost you $4 is because of the quality its impossible to make crappy pizza and deal with rent prices on that retail space so think of things a bit more before you say something so millenia

    • MrOneye says:

      Thread Bomb it’s good what you did but you shouldn’t have to answer to people that obviously don’t understand that there’s a pizza shop right next to Stephen Colbert’s studio and they think that they’re not going to make pizza quality that will sustain the rent prices for that area. That’s just someone that obviously doesn’t understand the world but I’m glad you looked it up and Googled it

    • ccggenius12 says:

      +John Lee
      What IS it a number for then? Because all fake numbers start with 555 in the states, and that number most certainly did not.

  13. Allie says:

    You do realize millennials are in their midโ€”twenties through their thirties? Iโ€™m 25 and absolutely know what a payphone is…. grew up with a blockbuster card … used phone books and even had dial up internet for most of my childhood. Damn why do old people love the word millennial so much for click bait in articles and other media platforms ?? Itโ€™s Gen Z youโ€™re actually reporting on ….

    • StoneE4 says:

      This – What the hell is “’91 aswell?” It sounds painful!

    • Astrobrant2 says:

      Allie, yeah, but did you know that Roy Rogers, Colonel Sanders, and Walt Disney were actually real people? Do you know what trousers are? Ever seen a stereo with knobs on it? Ever seen a TV with an antenna or a 13-channel dial? Ever been to a drive-in theater? Ever used a phone with a rotary dial? Ever heard of a phone number like the one he gave her? Do you know the phone numbers for getting the time or the weather? Do you know how an icebox works? (I know, that one’s kinda old.)
      The bit wasn’t really about millennials. It was about how rapidly the world changes.

    • K. Nichole Howard says:

      larrydirtybird
      That’s the CUTOFF for millennials, or Gen Z. Millennials are those that grew up before, and came of age around / just after the new millennium.

      It was given that name in the early 80s for that specific reason. Millennials ARE NOT those born into the new millennium.

    • Christopher Boscarino says:

      No, that group is currently going by the name Centennials or Gen Z.
      https://www.careerplanner.com/Career-Articles/Generations.cfm

    • kittydreamz86 says:

      And forties

  14. lazyperfectionist1 says:

    Yes. One must have a dear lady’s love to face Jerry Seinfeld.

  15. WrecklessEating says:

    Cute segment.

  16. MrTingles says:

    #JerrySeinfeld

  17. Zant says:

    Idk… I grew up in Manhattan myself and used payphones constantly coming home from school. Was born in โ€˜97, no one was around with cell phones until at least middle school for me and they were the โ€œcoolโ€ crowd, most of us didnโ€™t. All my VCR tapes came from Blockbusters and practically my entire Super Nintendo/Nintendo 64 library was derived of game rentals that came and went… I think youโ€™re a gen behind

    • Courtnie Kom says:

      I feel like I’m reading a diary entry from another century

    • Joostin Kookel says:

      was born in 92. Never used a payphone, need a bigger sample size than just you mah brotha.

    • Jessie Giambra says:

      Yes, a gen behind, it’s true. Millennials are up to 36 year old adults.

    • Michael the Narwhal says:

      Yea, I’ve determined as people age they begin to have a false perception of time. The whole “you’re too young to remember” thing is constantly said to me by everyone 50+ at work, and is a completely false statement.

      I’m considered a millennial (born in 1986). My household was an early adopter with 14.4 dial-up in 1995, but 56k internet wasn’t in most US households until after 2000 (I’m 14 at this point). A majority of people in the US didn’t have a cell phone and high speed internet until the mid aughts (I’m 18 and graduating high school at this point). Facebook came into existence in 2004 and took many years to catch on. The first iPhone came out in 2007 (I’m 21 when that happened). Smartphones didn’t become mainstream until about 5 years later.

      Yes I remember a life before internet. I’ve lived MOST of my life before the existence of social media and smartphones, and more than half of it without even a cell-phone. Heck, I’ve even used a typewriter, fax machine, and card catalog.

    • CharziParziPuddinPie says:

      1969 baby here, first pay phones, then bricks and pagers. I donโ€™t miss it at all๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

  18. Jonny B says:

    Ug… millennials know what pay phones are… You’re talking more about people born after the millennium. Wouldn’t that be like Gen Z since it went Baby Boomers, X, Y,… Z

  19. Angry Kittens says:

    “Jerry Seinfeld?”

    Oh my word. XD

  20. LeoVomend says:

    i dont think shes a millenial, i think she’s a Gen Z

    • Christian Omar Sandoval Gonzรกlez says:

      Too soon.

    • Neverender says:

      Ya she’s definitely Gen Z… I’m in the mid-younger Millenial range and I grew up renting movies and video games from Blockbuster, used pay phones regularly (that was how you called your parents to come pick you up as a kid after going to the mall, movies, public swimming pool, etc.), I still remember the home phone numbers of my childhood friends, and I also distinctly remember the harsh electronic screech of dial-up whenever you picked up the phone while someone else in the house was using the internet.

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