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All things Stephen Colbert
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Colbert is comedy festival's person of the year
Host of the satirical Colbert Report also says he is working on a book
Last Updated: Saturday, March 3, 2007 | 5:16 PM ET
Less than three months after Stephen Colbert was honoured for coining the word of 2006 — "truthiness" — the U.S. satirist and TV host has added Person of the Year to his list of accolades.
The faux conservative funnyman was given the latest distinction by the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival late Friday in Aspen, Colo.
Stephen Colbert channels Bill O'Reilly of Fox News for his satirical Comedy Central show The Colbert Report.
(Adam Rountree/Associated Press) "What an honour — an honour to receive and an honour for you to give to me," said Colbert, who is wont to laud himself during his hit Comedy Central show The Colbert Report.
Colbert — whose tough-talking, ultra-patriotic television persona is a satirical take on bombastic Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly — said he was surprised at the continued popularity of the schtick he first developed as a senior correspondent with Jon Stewart's news satire The Daily Show.
"I never in a million years imagined that a character who was essentially based on O'Reilly a year and a half ago" would have this honour, said Colbert, who suggested he would get weeks' worth of content out of the Aspen prize.
Book in the works
Colbert also said he is writing a book about "what is best and what's worst about America. You know, it's 20 subjects … all of the important things, the culture war, religion, hygiene, sports."
In December, the Colbert-coined "truthiness" was declared the word of the year for 2006 by dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster. Colbert has defined the word as "truth that comes from the gut, not books."
In January, the southern Ontario city of Oshawa announced it would host Oshawa in March, after its mayor lost a bet to Colbert over a junior hockey game between the Oshawa Generals and the Saginaw Spirit — a Michigan-based team that has a Colbert-look-alike mascot named Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle.
Founded in 1995, the HBO-organized U.S. Comedy Arts Festival features stand-up comedy performances, appearances by the casts of television shows and tributes to veteran comedians.
With files from the Associated Press