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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,


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!


Join The Conversation
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
The only thing hotter than a guy with a sense of humor is a *smart* guy with a sense of humor. I admit to being a fan, even though I am sure he's only doing a character and is really a liberal. Sometimes it seeps out in ironic comments. Putting a show on the air takes time. Keeping up with current affairs and upcoming guests takes time. And somewhere he found the time to write a book, too! And I believe he has a cameo in the upcoming Mike Myers movie, we spotted him in an ad. No wonder he's tired.
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I totally agree..luved him on the Daily Show adore him on the Colbert Report! I just finished his book too, it is hilarious! And yeah, he's a cutie!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
I never thought that he would be exhausted just by doing his show. I mean sure, I couldn't do it, but you think people like him thrive on that kind of stuff. At least he's having fun :D
fredonica fredonica 9 years
I've been a Colbert fan since his early days on The Daily Show. Oh, how I miss the segments he and Steve Carell did together.
stargrrl stargrrl 9 years
Colbert is so great, gotta love the man and his truthiness.
janneth janneth 9 years
i just had to look up to see what his wife looks like. pretty cute and so normal
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
"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." That's some kind of liberal spin advocating gay marriage, isn't it? Someone call Papa Bear O'Reilly... ;)
MindayH MindayH 9 years
WristStrong! Love it. He is great - and I hope he can keep up with it!
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Gah he is so hot! I love his show and hope he continues for a long time ;)
janneth janneth 9 years
He is SO HOT.
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
Gasp! cabaker! Unflattering pics? I like to think of them as...telling a story? Worth a thousand words? Hmm...I'll keep my eye out for cute ones--I hear Ban Ki-Moon takes a great pic if you get his good side ;)
em1282 em1282 9 years
Haha, cabaker ;) So true. Then again I'm totally biased since I've crushed on him for years. I even like his Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I was thinking the same thing! This is a great pic of him! He looks like he lost a few! Clealy this is not from Citizen's go to picture website, you know, ;)
em1282 em1282 9 years
Whoa my page just went nuts...and it says my comment isn't here...?
em1282 em1282 9 years
He's also really easy on the eyes. ;) I'm a sucker for a guy with a sense of humor...
stephley stephley 9 years
Whenever he's running over to the interview set I wonder about doing that on day's when he just feels like phoning it in - that level of enthusiasm must be exhausting. That's a great picture of him - my new screensaver!
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I love Colbert. :) I didn't think he was that funny when he was on John Stewart's show, but on his own he's hysterical.
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