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Sunday
Sep162012

Stephen Colbert: ‘I Love My Church’

Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stephen Colbert shelved the satire for the evening and opened up about his Catholic faith to a packed gymnasium of students from the Jesuit Fordham University.

The comedian was joined at the New York event, which was billed as a discussion on humor and spirituality, by Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Colbert, who has taught Sunday school, said his jokes are not at the expense of religion, but rather about the misuse of it, particularly in politics.

“If Jesus doesn’t have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble,” he joked.

In a transcript of Dolan’s remarks, which were posted on the Archdiocese of New York’s website, the cardinal said his two nieces were thrilled he got to spend the evening with Colbert.

The cardinal, who was introduced as being a future contender for pope, told Colbert he had deep respect for his commitment to his faith.

“Stephen, part of my admiration for you is that, while you often tease and joke about your faith and the church, there’s no denying that you take your faith seriously, and look to the church as your spiritual family,” Dolan told the comedian.

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Saturday
Oct302010

Jon Stewart Next US President?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- If Americans had to choose, which they don’t, they would elect political satirist Jon Stewart as President of the United States, over political satirist Stephen Colbert.

Forty-two percent of registered voters in a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll said they would support Stewart over Colbert, who received just 22 percent of the vote. Twenty-one percent wouldn’t support either.

Fittingly, the two also plan to go head-to-head Saturday in their own marches on The National Mall. Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, has described his “Rally to Restore Sanity” as “Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement.”

Colbert, host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, countered with the “March to Keep Fear Alive,” specifically the fear “that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty.” His website urged packing “five extra sets of underwear.”

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Thursday
Oct282010

Thousands to Voice Frustrations at Stewart, Colbert Rally

Photo Courtesy - Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central(WASHINGTON) -- Thousands of supporters from across the country and Canada are expected in Washington to attend Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and "March to Keep Fear Alive" this Saturday.

More than 220,000 people have confimed they are attending on the event's official Facebook page.  The National Park Service application, however, only estimated 25,000 people would attend the event, which is scheduled to last from noon to 3 p.m.

The rally is billed as a chance for people to voice their frustrations with American politics and the media, and, of course, be entertained.

"I personally have been frustrated with what I view as a lot of hypocrisy in politics," Miko Wilford, a 24-year-old psychology graduate student from Iowa State University, said.  "I feel The Daily Show and the Colbert Report do a good job of pointing out the hypocrisies."

For those coming from outside the U.S., it's a way to understand American politics better.

"I just think it's a really good opportunity to meet people who have a sense of humor about American politics," said Keirstead Farris, a 44-year-old custom T-shirt business owner from Vancouver.  "Coming from an outsider, it sounds like Americans are constantly being told to be afraid, but they aren't being told what to be afraid of.  Despite the fact that Jon Stewart is a TV host and the rally is based on a platform on comedy, I feel that Jon Stewart has more to say about politics than any pundit."

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