Colbert Shaves Head for U.S. Troops in Iraq

by | June 8, 2009 at 3:02 PM | TV News


Ready for “Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando”? Because Stephen Colbert has indeed gone all the way.

The popular ‘TV pundit’ from “The Colbert Report” took his show on the road…all the way to Camp Victory, the U.S. military headquarters in Baghdad.

Among the highlights of the week-long special is Colbert losing his locks at the hands of first guest General Raymond Odierno, who told the Comedy Central star he had too much hair to be a soldier. He then proceeded to shave his head with an electric razor (an actual stylist polished off the job).

What prompted the buzz? It wasn’t because Colbert called the general ‘Shrek.’ (Which he did.)

No, the orders came directly from the Commander-in-Chief himself: special guest President Barack Obama delivered a videotaped message ordering the general to give Colbert a crew cut.

Decked out in camo and a tie, Colbert also took his military moment to “officially declare we won the Iraq war,” joking that the war must be over since no one’s talking about it anymore. (Blame that on the economy crisis too.)

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Republican Sen. John McCain also appears as a guest and “thanked the troops for their service and reminded them to clean their muskets.”

Colbert has long been a supporter of the U.S. troops. He’s raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, and he’s a board member of DonorsChoose.org, which raises money for the education of children with parents in the military, according to the AP.

“The best way I can show gratitude is to do my show the best I can and make them laugh,” Colbert said in an interview Saturday night.

The four special episodes of ‘The Colbert Report’, taped in the domed marble hall at Saddam Hussein’s former Al Faw Palace, will air Monday through Thursday at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.