Two books are coming out this fall that are devoted to the subject of Stephen Colbert. The first one we mention, And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise of Stephen Colbert) by Lisa Rogak focuses on his life, and his work, past and present.
Few comedians can generate headlines like Stephen Colbert. With his appearance at a Congressional hearing, his rally in Washington, his bestselling book, his creation of the now accepted word “truthiness”, and of course his popular TV show, nearly everyone (except the poor Congressional fools who agree to be interviewed on his show) has heard of him.
But who is he really? Lisa Rogak gives us a look behind the character. She reveals the roots of his humor and the tragedy that forever altered the family. She charts his early years, especially his close connection with Amy Sedaris that led to the cult TV show and movie Strangers With Candy. And she offers a look inside how The Daily Show and The Colbert Report work.
Ms. Rogak has written about Barack Obama, Stephen King, and Shel Silverstein, to mention a few, so Stephen is in good company here.
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The second book, authored by Sophia A. McClennen, America According to Stephen Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy, delves into the effects of Stephen and The Colbert Report on our modern society’s discourse.
Is the comedy of Stephen Colbert simply fun or is it powerful political satire? Does it entertain viewers or does it empower them? Or does it teach us that in today’s media-saturated world those binaries make no sense?America According to Colbert: Satire as Public Pedagogy claims that Colbert’s satire fosters critical thinking about social issues, encourages active citizenship, and entertains the viewer—all at the same time. The first book to cover the various themes and features of The Colbert Report, America According to Colbert offers readers insight into the powerful ways that Colbert’s comedy challenges the cult of ignorance that has threatened meaningful public debate and social dialogue since 9/11.