Just a small snippet from a National Post profile of Stephen Colbert, by David Berry:

He might be our finest deadpan artist, someone who will not break character even while roasting presidents to their face. If that’s not immediately identifiable as an interrogatory gift, just watch his recent guerilla-ish interview with Eminem. When was the last time a celebrity seemed genuinely off-kilter in a televised spot, didn’t know exactly how to take something? Combined with Colbert’s love of messing with people — one of my favourite Colbert stories is how he used to torment the even-then-eternally-tormented Charlie Kaufman when both used to work on The Dana Carvey Show, forever finding ways to turn the latter’s self-seriousness against him — it’s a way of cracking through the eternal facade of the publicity tour. (Source)

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