It's Stephen Colbert's Birthday This Week

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Does the world need a Stephen Colbert day? We say yes!

Stephen Colbert’s comedic career has been built on his hilariously satirical portrayals of what he’s called “poorly informed, high-status idiots” – but Colbert himself is clearly no idiot. The massive success that he finally found at the helm of his wildly popular fake news show says as much about Colbert’s keen understanding of the state of the news media and the political climate in early-21st-century America as it does about his own undeniable talent as an actor and comedian.

Building on the know-nothing persona he developed as a correspondent on the uber-popular Comedy Central staple “The Daily Show,” Colbert has hosted “The Colbert Report” since 2005 in the character of a hyperbolic, blustery right-wing blowhard in an ongoing send-up of what he has called the “character driven news” that has taken over so many cable news networks.

The appeal of this character to fans has since been proven time and again with repeated demonstrations of just how wide Colbert’s pop culture footprint really is – thousands of people turned up for his fake political rally in Washington DC, and many people count the Daily Show and the Colbert Report as their primary sources of news each day.

Stephen Colbert has come, he has seen, and he has conquered, and he shows no signs of slowing down – so here’s hoping he never does!