I identify with Colbert so much in these paragraphs:
“The first director I had at Second City said, ‘You have to learn to love the bomb,’ and I didn’t know what he meant for a very long time,” Colbert says. “But there’s something nice about getting to the point where you enjoy the feeling that people aren’t laughing. Imagine a child drinking beer for the first time and they can’t possibly understand why you like it, and you can’t possibly explain why it tastes good. But there’s a buzz to failing and not dying.”
He leapt at the chance to head to the Persian Gulf this summer, along with a bare-bones production staff, to entertain the troops and broadcast the show for a week. “It’s an honor,” he says. “My grandmother always said, ‘Never refuse a legitimate adventure, and it’s up to you to figure out what legitimate means.’ This is a legitimate adventure.”
“Jon has been doing this for 11 years, and I want to like this as much as I do now 11 years down the road. But I like it as much now as I did when I started, even those days when I feel like I’m going to get physically sick from the exhaustion,” he says earnestly. “Just last week, it was a day when we were killing ourselves but right before the show, I had this sudden feeling of, ‘I can’t believe I get to do this again. This is the greatest job in the world.’ “
And, finally, while we’re on the subject of learning and Stephen Colbert, if you missed last night’s Word segment “Learning Is Fundamental,” you really should click this link and remedy that mistake. It’s great.