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‘Colbert Report’ Marks First Anniversary

October 18, 2006

NEW YORK (AP) _ ``The Colbert Report″ celebrated its one-year anniversary Tuesday by offering the show’s devoted audience _ the ``Colbert Nation″ _ a piece of its leader.

Colbert announced that he will auction the portrait that hangs above the fireplace on the set of his Comedy Central show. The painting depicts a debonair Colbert standing in front of the very same portrait of himself.

The portrait will be auctioned on eBay until Oct. 30, with proceeds to benefit Save the Children.

``I’ve already saved the world. How hard could saving the children be?″ Colbert said in a statement.

The effect of the painting is that of a hall of mirrors _ not unlike the strange reflections of Colbert’s comedy, which bounces back and forth between reality and truthiness. A spinoff of ``The Daily Show,″ ``The Colbert Report″ has built a following of its own since debuting last year, when it famously coined ``truthiness″ as truth that comes from the gut, not books.

The ``Colbert Report,″ a deadpan parody of combative, conservative talk shows, also recently wrapped up its ``Green Screen Challenge,″ in which viewers were urged to supply new video background to footage of Colbert fighting with a lightsaber.

A video by a viewer identified as Bonnie R. trumped a late entry from _ as Colbert introduced _ George L. It turned out to be the work of ``Star Wars″ director George Lucas, who appeared on the program last week.

``The Colbert Report″ airs Mondays through Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. ET.


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