Friday, September 24, 2010

Colbert testifies before grim-looking subcommittee

Image: Television host and comedian Stephen ColIf you haven’t had the opportunity to see Stephan Colbert’s testimony before a House subcommittee, you can see it here (video below).

The subcommittee chairman invited the Comedy Central personality to testify at the hearing, which addressed the possibility of offering illegal immigrant farm workers a path to citizenship.

Colbert’s “expertise” in the arena of immigration and farm labor stems from a July 2010 episode of his TV show “The Colbert Report,” during which he joined subcommittee chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren to spend a day doing the work of an agriculture laborer.

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Take a minute, and check this video out. I nearly spilled my morning cup of coffee due to sudden bursts of laughter. A good way to start a day.

I have one question. Is this a joke? If so, our lawmakers are a bunch of sourpusses! Or, was Colbert’s comedy a complete surprise to our lawmakers who thought he might be serious for once?

Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, initially requested that Colbert leave the hearing room before his testimony, arguing that his presence had achieved its purpose by bringing attention to the hearing's subject matter.

Colbert, however, was invited by the committee and gave his testimony “in character.”

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