Northwestern Grad Stephen Colbert Comes to Evanston's Ryan Field on Friday!

Tip of the hat to Northwestern University! The man who coined the word truthiness, NU alum Stephen Colbert is coming to college football venue Ryan Field to be the guest speaker at NU's 153rd graduation ceremony.

The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 17.

According to a release on the school's website:

A Northwestern alumnus, Colbert is host and executive producer of
the multiple Emmy and Peabody award-winning "The Colbert Report,"
touted by The New York Times as "one of the best television shows of
the year."

The show parodies the hyper-political conventions of television
news broadcasting. Colbert, a 1986 graduate of Northwestern's School of
Communication, plays a blustery character named Stephen Colbert, the
satiric embodiment of self-important journalists. He stays in character
during the entire show, improvising his responses, ridiculously so, to
his guests.

"The Colbert Report," which deployed to Iraq in June 2009, is the
first television show in U.S. history to produce a week of shows in a
combat zone. Among the highlights, Gen. Ray Odierno received a direct
order from Commander in Chief Barack Obama to shave Colbert's head.

Colbert's book "I Am America (And So Can You!)" spent 29 weeks on
The New York Times' best-seller list, occupying the number one spot
for 13 weeks.

To read Colbert's profile in Northwestern Magazine go here

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports He's also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Walter Football, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports

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