How Stephen Colbert defined his character slowly

I’m Happy for Colbert, But Let’s Be Clear: We’re Losing One of TV’s Greatest Characters:

The formation of a sitcom character is like a sculptor laboriously chipping away at marble; what Colbert did was more akin to a rock slowly being smoothed by the motions of the tide. 150 nights a year, Colbert defined the character slowly but surely, segment by segment.

What Colbert did on his show is/was amazing. To carry the entire show every night (Stewart has others that help out on-camera, Colbert does it all on his own) and to do it in character is something else. I understand why he wants to shift into being himself. But I'm gonna miss how vicious and mean "Stephen Colbert" could be. Like here...

"Reality has a well-known liberal bias." I got a feeling the real Stephen Colbert will be nice and uplifting and the kind of guy we can root for. But we've got plenty of those already. The truthiness of "Stephen Colbert" was a special thing in the ocean of Upworthiness and it's gonna be missed. See this related tweet.

1 comment:

Don said...

I don't believe Stephen Colbert plays a character. I believe he is just a political partisan who hides behind a "character." He is who is - an extreme liberal who gets away with saying hateful things as evidenced by his recent rant against Asian-Americans. His lame excuse that his "character" was channeling Rush Limbaugh is a weak excuse to cover up his natural bigotness. Brenda Ferrari who is Etta May is a character, Andy Kaufman to an extent was a character, heck I would say Larry the Cable Guy is a character. There were so many more qualified funny people to get the late night gig than Colbert.

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