Wilmington Native Aubrey Plaza Stops by the Stephen Colbert Show

Plaza appeared on the show over the weekend and joked about some Delaware events.

Aubrey Plaza jokes about Wilmington’s community events with Stephen Colbert.

Delaware’s biggest city was put on blast in last Friday’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” featuring guest and Wilmington native Aubrey Plaza.

“I grew up thinking “man, I’m in the big city,” but really, it’s more like a tiny little ‘dink,’” Plaza says about her hometown in the show’s opening.

“It’s almost too small to be a suburb of Philadelphia,” Colbert adds. Ouch.

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The Wilmington diss took place on the show’s segment called “Community Calendar,” in which Colbert and his guest poke fun at public events taking place in small towns.



Plaza graduated from Ursuline Academy in 2002 and went on to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has since seen an array of success both on TV and the big screen, especially in her breakout role as April Ludgate on the hit sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” Her latest feature, a remake of the 1988 slasher film “Child’s Play,” is coming to theaters this Friday, June 21st.

Following a montage of well-known Wilmington spots such as Rockford Tower and the Riverfront, Colbert and Plaza appear on an old-school talk show set, reminiscent of public access shows from the 90s.

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“You know what they say about Wilmington: it’s a Wilming-TON of fun,” Plaza says facetiously, inciting uproars from the audience.

Colbert and Plaza then assess Wilmington’s events calendar, highlighting the following:

  • Ken Double at the Dickinson Theater on June 15, where he plays the fourth largest theater pipe organ in the world. “If you’re a fan of pipe organs, get ready for the fourth greatest night of your life,” Colbert teases.
  • The Wilmington Pirate Festival, taking place on June 29 at Fort Christina Park.
  • “Fatherfest” at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Pa.—Colbert and Plaza seem to have overlooked geography on this one—on Father’s Day, June 16. “Stop by and see what happens when you mix vehicles, alcohol, and middle aged despair!” Plaza jokes.
  • The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair on July 27-28 at the Chase Center.
  • The New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park on June 29.
  • Karaoke Monday at Bar XII every Monday.
  • Paint Nite: Fireflies and Daisies Twinkle Lights Wine Bottle” at Grub Burger bar on June 19.

As Colbert says with tongue-in-cheek emphasis, all of these are actual events going on in Wilmington (and southeastern Pennsylvania, it seems) in June. Perhaps some will even have increased attendance in light of Colbert’s shout out.

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