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Behind the Scenes of the Colbert Report

The Truthiness: Behind the Scenes of the Colbert Report

Love Colbert? Then his special magic seen from behind the scenes won't disappoint. Recently airing its 400th episode with the main man about to accept a Peabody award, the “Colbert Bump” which many candidates seem to experience after appearing on the popular Colbert Report is becoming a mountain.


Not known necessarily for his modesty, Colbert has an inkling of his influence claiming that he expects to fulfill the position of “kingmaker” in this year’s election. In advance of Colbert's big award (he'll accept on June 16) the AP put together a great piece about the man behind the . . . man. And it's filled with Colbert goodness — did you know that he's the youngest of 11 children? For more truthiness, read more.

The piece takes bite out of memorable appearances like the one by Georgia Congresswoman Lynn Westmoreland who moved to have the 10 Commandments displayed in government buildings, but when Colbert asked her to name them, she could only name one. Well, actually two, but one was incorrect. Colbert simply waited and counted in excruciating silence.

Though the show is largely a parody of the shout fest political pundits, who would rather preach than actually report, many assume it's broadly based on Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Colbert disagrees. “The show is not about O'Reilly. The show is not about the shout fest. The show is about what is behind those things, which is: What I say is reality. And that never ends. Every politician is going to want to enforce that, or every person in Hollywood — every person."

On top of his crazy job (he admits he's "tired all the time") Colbert, found time to make a bid to get on the South Carolina ballot for the Democratic nomination (and did better in polls than half of the pack) before being voted off the ballot by party officials. And though "serious" pundits and politicians resent the mockery, Colbert raises an interesting point. “When a fictional person declares something news, is it responsible for you to agree? But so many real people declare fictional news and the press agrees. For instance, the surge is a success, don’t you think?”

How much longer can he keep up the demands of the show? He thinks. "The short answer is, I don't know. The facile answer but maybe the true answer is, as long as it's fun."

I hope it's fun for a long, long time. WristStrong!

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