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Colbert honored by festival

first_imgStephen Colbert, a faux conservative who often honors himself on his Comedy Central show, was lauded by the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival as its Person of the Year. “What an honor – an honor to receive and an honor for you to give to me,” Colbert said during the ceremony late Friday. Often appearing to be a combination of Bill O’Reilly and Archie Bunker, Colbert emphasized his TV character isn’t him. “He’s not malicious, he’s ill-informed, you know. It’s just a product of his own education. And he thinks he’s saying and doing the right thing; he’s not actually trying to hurt anybody,” Colbert said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Colbert said he is writing a book. It will be “what is best and what’s worst about America,” he said. “You know, it’s 20 subjects … all of the important things, the culture war, religion, hygiene, sports.” Colbert said he envisions his character preparing for each show by singing the Cheap Trick song “I Want You to Want Me,” and doing a full-body shave. Colbert said he never would have guessed a character based on O’Reilly would be given the honor. – Associated Press last_img read more