Colbert Explains His Congressional Testimony To Letterman

by | October 8, 2010 at 3:11 AM | Late Night, TV News

Stephen Colbert of ‘The Colbert Report’ stopped by ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ to plug his upcoming March to Keep Fear Alive – a direct response to Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity – and Dave asked him about his recent testimony before Congress that got him a lot of media attention – and generally not the very good kind.

“I was invited by Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren,” Colbert said, explaining his testimony before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Naturalization. “I met her working the fields in upstate New York. I picked beans and I packed corn for almost a day before I was asked to leave by the owner. I was invited by the United Farm Workers Union. They had a program called ‘Take Our Jobs Please,’ to say that ‘you know, there are a lot of unemployed Americans, the terrible time in the economy, there’s always some good farm jobs, there aren’t enough farm workers. Come take our jobs.’ Of the three million people who inquired, I think I was the fourth person to say yes. They asked me, based on my vast experience of almost a day, would I testify?”

Stephen Colbert Announces His Congressional Testimony

“When I saw what it looked like in that room, I was completely ready to tell them I’m on steroids,” Colbert joked, invoking all the baseball players on trial.

As far as the negative flap that resulted, Colbert seemed to anticipate it in talking to Lofgren. “I said ‘you know, I’m going to go down there and I’m happy to bring attention to this issue if you think that would help in some way, but I’m going to do it the way I’d do it because there’s no other reason for me to go,’ and she goes ‘that’s great. That’s what I want.’ And I said ‘now you don’t think that there’s any chance people are going to go, I don’t know, apesh*t?’ And she goes ‘no! Absolutely not!’”


When asked if he’s heard from Lofgren since the testimony, Colbert wryly replied “Not so much. Not yet. But I hope she had a good time, because it was an honor. I had an amazing time. If Congress asks you to testify, how do you say no?”

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The week after the testimony, Colbert’s show was relatively mum on the topic, but Stewart mounted a considerable defense on his behalf on ‘The Daily Show,’ which you can watch right here.