Stephen Colbert’s ‘Playboy’ Interview: Super PAC, Family and Jon Stewart

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The Peabody-winning comedian/political satirist is largely seen through the prism of his character, the massively popular and wildly inappropriate Comedy Central host, “Stephen Colbert.” But as outrageous as the character is, his creator is the inverse, intensely normal and reserved. In a new interview with Playboy, the real Colbert speaks about his political comedy, his family and his friendship with Jon Stewart.

He got advice from Bill O’Reilly:
He said, “Watch your guest list. If you book the same kind of people over and over—Al Franken, Keith Olbermann—people notice that pattern.” I told him, “Oh, Bill, I toy with those guys. I’m slapping them around.” He said, “I know, but not everybody is watching your show as closely as I am.” I was like [clasps hands and holds them to his chest], “I’ve totally made it!” That was about five, six months into the show.

His Super PAC was super successful.
We’ve got somewhere between $850,000 and $900,000 left [out of $1.4 million]. We’ve spent about half a million dollars of it so far. Because running for president—or not running for president, whatever it was we did—is expensive. But I can spend it on anything I want. I could use my super PAC money to buy a private jet, and I have to justify it to no one.

The ride home from his father and brothers’ funeral — they died in a plane crash when he was 10 — inspired him to do comedy:
One of my sisters, I think it was Mary, made a joke to Margo. Or it could have been Lulu to both of them. I don’t remember. One of them made Margo laugh so hard, she snorted and fell on the floor. There was enough room between the seats to actually fall on the floor of this limo.

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