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article imageColbert Report Heads To Philly

By KJ Mullins     Apr 14, 2008 in Entertainment
"Philadelphia, you're about to get a new brother to love. No tongue."
Stephen Colbert may not be on route to the Oval Office after his failed attempt to take over the presidency race but he is hitting the Democratic Pennsylvania primary in Philly.
"I don't need to be president. I don't need to be president," repeated the comedian in a recent interview, as if trying to convince himself. "If somebody else needs that, if Hillary Clinton or John McCain or Barack Obama need that title to make themselves feel good, that's fine.
"I just want the power to decide who will be president and I'm going to Philly to help exercise that."
For the first time the "Colbert Report" is going on the road. Normally the show is shot in their Manhattan studio. Starting on Monday though Colbert will be broadcasting from the University of Pennsylvania's Zellerbach Theater.
The road trip will bring some special touches to Colbert's political satire. John Legend (who will sing the "Star Spangled Banner"), Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Ed Rendell and rap group the Roots are all slated to be part of the scenery.
Colbert failed to be added to the South Carolina Democratic primary ballot last fall. At the time he was leading in the polls and the party officials claimed that "serves to detract from the serious candidates." America may not be able to get the master of satire into the White House but at least they can watch his take on the Primaries.
"I'm a king maker," he said. "It's not a dirty word."
"The Colbert Report" recently won a Peabody for broadcasting excellence.
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