Monday, June 26, 2006

Stephen Colbert Stalked By His TV-Pundit Persona

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – According to his best friend and long-time collaborator Paul Dinnell, Stephen Colbert is often expected to be the ultra-conservative, political-pundit persona he plays on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.

Dinnell has known Colbert since they met at Chicago’s Second City improv theater; but he says a number of people who know him only from Colbert Report are take the show’s “Mega-American” political opinions as seriously as the right-wingers – like Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh – it facetiously makes fun of.

Dinnell laughs about how such fans want Colbert “to be that guy all the time,” but says “it can get to be a pain” for his friend.

In his words, “They don’t want to believe he’s a nice guy. They try to make him say something mean, and won’t leave him alone sometimes.”

Dinnell and Colbert co-wrote and star together in the movie version of the brief but acclaimed Comedy Central series, Strangers With Candy, which hits theaters June 28.

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