September 24th, 2010
11:37 AM ET
10 years ago

Colbert on the Hill

Washington (CNN) - There's nothing funny about the issue of migrant farm labor - unless Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert is discussing it.

Colbert, accompanied by a media swarm, sarcastically testified on Capitol Hill Friday about the conditions facing America's undocumented farm workers. The popular host of "The Colbert Report" told members of a House Judiciary subcommittee that he hoped to bring attention to the workers' hardships.

"I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN 1," he joked.

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  1. vic, Nashville TN

    I watch it on CNN web first time I watch full hearing because of Stephen Colbert

    CNN Gary Tuchman report about this topic months back was right

    Carol M. Swain doesn’t know the real life

    For republican representative People waiting on the line to come here not for farm work they will take average Americans job (Middle class)

    September 24, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Joe

    Why didn't CNN mention that Democrat Rep. Conyers asked Colbert to leave before testifying:

    "I would like to recommend that now we got all this attention that you excuse yourself and you let us get on with the three witnesses and all the other members there," he said. "I'm asking you to leave the committee room completely, and submit your statement."

    CNN made it sound like only Republicans weren't amused by a comedian making a mockery of the political process.

    September 24, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Mark

    This is your Democratic party at work. Calling a comedian (Colbert) to testify regarding an important national topic. How can you take any of this seriously?!?!?!?!

    September 24, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Klaxon McFlinderginder

    "My great-grandfather did not travel across four thousand miles of the Atlantic Ocean to see this nation overrun by immigrants."

    Great line.

    September 24, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. The Other Dale

    I think the point Colbert was making was that the political process itself is a mockery. When the obvious answers are there but the politicians are putting on a show just for the votes, might as well have the comedian come out and throw some reality on the situation by showing how silly it is. The only ones ticked off by this are the ones that really don't want to see progress occur in this country. Shame there.

    September 24, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. malabar

    Colbert and his child bearing hips will never b as cutting edge or entertaining as his strangers w candy days. he is now part of the machine. boring.

    September 24, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    Why not call an actual LEGAL immigrant farm worker to testify? Why not call a private citizen from a border town or ranch to testify? Oh yeah, that would not provide the sideshow the Dems like to provide to their idiotic lemming toads in the MSM.

    September 24, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Cindie Worley

    For Mark: The democrat committee members know that Colbert is as knowledgeable about immigration as they are. Get rid of those people who go to DC and mock the Constitution and hang onto jobs in congress just for the money but not for the people of the US.

    September 24, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Eric

    Stay class democrats...
    Glad to see you're taking the ObamaCollapse so glibly.

    September 24, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. Tinkers Dam

    Colbert's a joke. So is Pelosi for letting him speak. As far as the "undocumented" farm workers, "They're illegal." Of course, give Harry Reid time and he'll make them legal.

    September 24, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Ferret out the BS

    The rhetoric and hate is absolutely out of control and absolutely adsurd. Some interjection of humor may be the best antidote to shed some reality into the immigration issue. As a lifelong resident of southern California, illegal immigration has always been something of an issue but never as heated as it is now and much of that is due to the issues surrounding the money that is directly related to the drug and arms trade. Economics, violence, and fear are driving more undocumented aliens into the country. Once those issues are addressed and solutions found the people will continue to find their way into this country looking for a better and safer existance.

    September 24, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "How can you take any of this seriously?!?!?!?!"

    Because he made good points...VERY good points. His humor did not detract from it, but ADDED to it. Moreover, it's a poignant reminder to everyone, including myself, that we don't have to always be angry and nasty to win the debate.

    September 24, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Oh, and...

    "the genetic engineers at fruit of the loom have made great strides in human-fruit hybrids"

    ha...yeah...just ask Chrisine O'Donnell...she met a couple of them when she was running from the micepeople

    September 24, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |