Stephen Colbert Congress Hearing
Stephen Colbert Congress Hearing – Stephen Colbert is known as a funnyman, but it was surprising when he took his act to Capitol Hill today where he testified at a hearing about illegal immigration farm workers, during which he stated that “the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables.” He then went on to joke about the American obesity statistics, saying that he believes that many Americans may have already started.
He had been invited to testify by the chairwoman of the House subcommittee on Immigration, Zoe Lofgren. She met Colbert when she appeared on his show on Comedy Central, and was apparently impressed with his ability to give his opinions on matters through jokes, while simultaneously making everyone realize how ridiculous the situation at hand is.
Unfortunately, his jokes were not well received by those in attendance. John Conyers, a Democrat from Michigan, asked him to leave almost immediately after he sat down. He told Colbert that his presence was a distraction and asked him if he could leave his written testimony with them so that they could go on with their work.
Colbert agreed to leave, but Lofgren asked him to stay, telling Conyers that many were interested in what he had to say. Conyers eventually backed down and told Colbert to go forward with his submission.
Colbert continued to joke throughout, saying that he hoped that “his star power could bump the hearing all the way up to C-Span1.”
He continued to joke, but did say in the end that he thinks that we should be offering more visas to immigrants, who will likely end up doing the work one way or another.
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