Stephen Colbert writes himself into comedy history

I’ve only just heard about the Stephen Colbert speech, and haven’t even finished watching it yet, but it’s just brilliant. He was my favourite correspondent on The Daily Show before leaving to front The Colbert Report (pronounced The Colber’ Repor’) – a spoof of US right-wing talk shows. It lampoons the US administration every day of the week, and clips from it appear on everything from political websites to atheist blogs. And here’s the thing.

Somebody let him give a 25-minute speech to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, with President Bush sitting two metres to his right.

For UK readers, it’s like letting Ian Hislop, or the late Linda Smith give a speech while standing next to Tony Blair.

Twenty-five minutes of Stephen Colbert, in character, completely eviscerating the President in laugh-out-loud fashion, while making serious points. It’s cringe-making-astonishing-can’t-tear-your-eyes-away stuff. There’s already thankyoustephencolbert.org, which has collected over 10,000 signatures since being created on Saturday.

Due to YouTube.com’s 10 minute limit, the speech is spread over three links. Here’s part one:

1 of 3
2 of 3
3 of 3

[removed because YouTube pulled the video – google ‘Stephen Colbert’ and you’ll probably find it easily’]

What a mistake to make…

Update: Only just re-read this and spotted all the typos. Argh! Sorry about that – in my defence, it was quite late 🙂 I’ve added a couple of links, too.