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Comedy Central reveals they are sending Stephen Colbert to Baghdad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 6th 2009 1:02PM
Stephen Colbert going to IraqThe time and nation that Stephen Colbert couldn't reveal where he is taking his show has been revealed. And because elite Army ninjas have not sneaked into his studio and whisked him away to an interrogation room for breaking the military code of silence, it's been confirmed by the network.

Stephen Colbert is taking his Colbert Report to Baghdad for the troops next week. The network claims this is the first time the USO has brought a television show into a combat area for a week of shows, if you don't count, say, the news.

Colbert has landed in Baghdad and underwent some basic military training to prepare for his visit to the region at Camp Victory, the former home of Saddam Hussein's Al-Faw Palace. That alone should provide hours of hilarious material for the show. But there's more going on than just producing something to keep you entertained during your post-work Kraft dinner.

Colbert told the Associated Press the show was the idea of a former Assistant Secretary of Defense who asked him if he would take him up on an offer to bring the show to the region. Then after the election ended, the show approached the new Assistant Secretary and started packing up their stuff. That's how you know when an election has gotten out of control, when it becomes harder to cover than a war. I wonder if Colbert will be wearing less Kevlar when he's in Iraq.

He also told the wire service he hopes the show will help the troops and their families, since proceeds from the iTunes sales from the special episodes will go towards the USO. He also hopes it will bring the national dialogue back on the troops, noting, "My character and I both know the Apostles' Creed, and my character and I both think it's a shame that we're not talking about the troops anymore."

Here's hoping the troops will benefit from the Colbert bump.

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I did not expect them to inform us the way they did. I expected either he would drop it during the sign-off of his last pre-Iraq show, or they would say nothing until his show spontaneously opened from Iraq.

June 06 2009 at 2:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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