I Am America (And So Can You!) (Hardcover)
“I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound—with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world."
Stephen Colbert, just a few feet away from George W. Bush, on Saturday, April 29, 2006, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Of the scarce public rebukes of George W. Bush, none -- not one (in fact, we can't remember and others) -- was as skillful, droll, bold, and brilliant as Stephen Colbert's "keynote" remarks at a White House Correspondent's Dinner. Colbert fileted not only Bush, but the entire D.C. press corps. This took enormous courage, given that he cut so close to the bone of his audience that the next year they invited Rich Little to be the "keynote" entertainer so that there would be no "danger" of anyone saying anything relevant or critical of the stenographer's club in D.C.
Colbert's remarks and poised delivery were masterful. He was in and out before everyone realized that they had just been disemboweled.
In honor of his singular courage in dressing down both Bush and the D.C. knee pad corps, we are delighted to offer advance purchase of Colbert's new tome.
Stephen Tyrone Colbert (prounounced "Khol-BARE") IPA: [kol'b??] (born May 13, 1964) is a three-time Emmy Award-winning American comedian, satirist, actor, and writer, known for his satirical style, particularly in his portrayal of uninformed opinion leader and deadpan comedic delivery.
Colbert originally studied to be an actor, but became interested in improvisational theater when he met famed Second City director Del Close while attending Northwestern University. He first performed professionally as an understudy for Steve Carell at Second City Chicago; among his troupe mates were comedians Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, with whom he developed the critically-acclaimed sketch comedy series Exit 57.
Colbert also wrote and performed on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show before collaborating with Sedaris and Dinello again on the cult television series Strangers with Candy. He gained considerable attention for his role on the latter as closeted, gay history teacher Chuck Noblet. It was his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's news-parody series The Daily Show, however, that first introduced him to a wide audience.
In 2005, he left The Daily Show to host its newly-created spin-off series, The Colbert Report. Following The Daily Show's news-parody concept, The Colbert Report styles itself as a parody of such personality-driven political opinion shows as Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor. Since its debut the series has been successful, establishing itself as one of Comedy Central's highest rated series, earning Colbert three Emmy nominations and an invitation to perform as featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006. Colbert was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2006.