Stephen Colbert Congressional Testimony (Video)

Comedian Stephen Colbert testified this morning before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law:

David Corn tweeted that “Colbert is making a mockery of this hearing.” I don’t think they needed Colbert for that.

Oddly, however, I didn’t find the testimony funny.

Video via Mediaite

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  1. Steve Plunk says:

    This is why taking Colbert and Stewart seriously in any way will prove a waste of time.  They are comedians, not experts about anything other than getting laughs.

  2. James Joyner says:

    I enjoy them as comedians and, more broadly, as social commenters.   The question is: Why in the hell was Colbert invited to testify?  He’s never claimed to be more than a smart guy who makes fun of politicians and the makes smart ass comments about the political culture.

  3. Steve Plunk says:

    My question is why did he accept?  He has made a royal ass of himself and should have known better.

  4. john personna says:

    Why did he accept?  His gig is to go where no other comedians go.  That said, I wouldn’t have invited him.
    I just heard a bit on the radio.  It was “monologue funny” in my opinion, but without the laugh track or natural audience, it felt wrong.  There’s a reason comedy albums are not jokes told in a silent room.

  5. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    They had Colbert testify before congress because they needed a distraction from the scandal that Christopher Coates testified to at the real important meeting.  The one held by the U.S. Civil Rights commission.  What Coates said was he was told not to investigate or try to prosecute cases where a minority broke a civil rights law.  Coates was told by Asst. AG Loretta King not to ask attorneys at job interviews if they could apply the law without racial bias.