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Comedy Fest honors Stephen Colbert

Madeleine Osberger
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Comedian Stephen Colbert gestures during the U S Comedy Arts Festival Person of the Year award presentation on Friday in Aspen. Colbert is the recipient of this years' award. (E Pablo Kosmicki/AP)
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ASPEN ” Stephen Colbert, a faux conservative who often honors himself on his Comedy Central show, has been named the U.S. Comedy Art’s Festival’s “Person of the Year.”

“What an honor. An honor to receive and an honor for you to give to me,” said Colbert during the ceremony late Friday.

Often appearing to be a combination of Bill O’Reilly and Archie Bunker, Colbert emphasized that his television character is not him.

“He’s not malicious, he’s ill-informed, you know. It’s just a product of his own education. And he thinks he’s saying and doing the right thing, he’s not actually trying to hurt anybody,” said Colbert.

Not everybody gets it, and he has drawn criticism from U.S. Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, one of two openly gay congress members.

Colbert, whose antics have included an obsession with the Saginaw, Mich., Spirit minor league hockey team, said he is writing a book that will be titled “I Am America and So Can You,”

He said it will be “what is best and what’s worst about America…It’s just like an O’Reilly book or a Hannity book. It’s a pure extension of the show. You know, it’s 20 subjects…all of the important things, the culture war, religion, hygiene, sports.”

Colbert said he envisions his character preparing for each night’s show by singing along with the Cheap Trick song “I Want You to Want Me,” and doing a full-body shave.

“I never in a million years imagined that a character who was essentially based on O’Reilly a year and a half ago” (would have this honor).” Colbert suggested he’ll get weeks worth of content out of the Aspen honor.


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