Is that it? It's all over? Watching the final Colbert Report last night had me filled with raw emotions. Yes, it was sad to see, (dare I say), an institution come to a close, but there was something else. Stephen Colbert took a persona, and shaped it into a brand, an icon, an image and a staple in American homes. There were times you didn't know where Colbert the character started and Stephen the man ended. But that was part of the genius!
For 9 years one person enveloped a single identity to entertain. He was true to his audience, adjusting and adapting along the way. In the clip at the end of this article, you'll see him talk about how the Colbert "Nation" were the ones that actually did everything. I think that's true. He started the character, but the audience developed it. He was true to his viewers and was nothing short of an amazing performer.
A few years ago, I was fortunate to be a (very) small part of a project on The Colbert Report. They developed an "Interview Simulator"; a way for viewers to interact directly with Stephen. The viewer would call a number, and be recorded on the line. The audio files would then be mashed up with stock responses Colbert pre-recorded. It was a great concept and a lot of fun! You could even download the video at the end and it would roll like an actual Stephen Colbert interview!
My part was simply as the voice over for the phone prompts. Small...yes. But to this guy...IT WAS HUGE! I felt so lucky to have a hand (or voice) in it. I dug up the old files and posted the original intro here:
Thank you Stephen, for being the ultimate showman, actor, professional, and truthiness provider. We're all excited to see what happens on The Late Show.
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