Posted by: Mark Nielsen | October 21, 2010

Colbert’s Faith, & Keeping Tabs During the Hiatus

Stephen storms off the set of The View, aping his idol Papa Bear O'Reilly

Did anyone notice the biblical reference to “the least of these” that Stephen Colbert made in front of a congressional committee last month? He had been called to testify about the conditions migrant farmworkers have to face daily, and his closing answers in the Q&A portion of the testimony revealed his more serious social conscience, as he opted to put the joking aside for once.

The Daily Show and Colbert Report are on hiatus this week, making preparations for some big remote shows next week in advance of the elections (and their own joint rally in D.C. on Oct. 30th).

But that doesn’t mean the boys are completely out of the spotlight.

The View (yes, it’s still on, hard to believe…) had Colbert on this past Tuesday, where he took the opportunity to mock/defend Bill O’Reilly’s comments about Muslims and 9/11. He also addressed his real family of origin and how his Catholic faith has sustained him, thanks to Baba Wawa’s decision to do something more than just a “fluff” piece. It was a rare moment of truth-telling for Stephen, who typically deflects personal belief questions with a joke. To see it, click here.

There was also a general article on Colbert’s Catholic faith at Huffington Post about a week ago. Read it here . It even gives a bit of background on another WordPress blog, Catholic Colbert, which carefully tracks Steph’s Catholic-oriented print interviews, on-air stories, guests, and commentary every week. And here I thought I was the only one who dug down past the surface of his shows to see what he’s really all about.

I’m also inclined to wonder if he’ll be around Chicago at Northwestern for the Homecoming game this weekend,  given that the Wildcat football team is having a good year. He was grand marshal of the parade a few years back, and he’s got the week off… so…

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