FATHER KNOWS BEST IN THE COLBERT HOUSE: YOUNG CHILDREN CAN ONLY SEE SELECTED PARTS OF "THE COLBERT REPORT" SAYS STEPHEN COLBERT IN A "60 MINUTES" INTERVIEW SUNDAY
"I truck in insincerity with a very straight face. I say things I don't believe," Stephen Colbert tells Morley Safer in an interview about his character on the hit Comedy Central "fake news" program "The Colbert Report." Colbert's interview will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, April 30 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
"Kids can't understand irony or sarcasm and I don't want them to perceive me as insincere," he tells Safer. "Because one night, I'll be putting them to bed and I'll say� 'I love you honey.' And they'll say, 'I get it. Very dry, Dad. That's good stuff,'" jokes Colbert.
His penchant for goofiness began in childhood after a profound family tragedy -- a commercial plane crash in 1974. "My father and two of my brothers died when I was 10 and I think I did my best to cheer mom up," Colbert tells Safer. "After they died�.Nothing seemed that important to me�.I would certainly say I was detached from what was normal behavior of children around me. It didn't make much sense. None of it seemed very important," Colbert remembers.
His urge to mock virtually anything has continued into adulthood. "Acceptance, or blind acceptance -- of authority is not easy for me," says Colbert. Nothing is sacred - religion, the media, or politicians. Explaining some of his methods, he tells Safer, "Volume is very important. The only real way to tell your audience what's important is what you say loudest. I can say it up here," he loudly intones, "or I could say it down here," he says. Then slipping into character, he demonstrates for Safer. "I will cut off your mic, sir," he yells. "Shut-up. Shut up Safer!"