Video of Stephen Colbert's Northwestern University Commencement Speech!!!


Today witnessed the most memorable event to happen at Northwestern's football field since the 1995 Big Ten Champion team made their run to the Rose Bowl.

On the 25th anniversary of his own commencement,  NU alum Stephen Colbert came to college football venue Ryan Field to be the guest speaker at NU's 153rd graduation ceremony.
The entire lower section of the West Stands were packed to hear the
outrageous political pundit on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report"
give his speech.

It was a beautiful sunny morning, and Colbert absolutely knocked his
approximately 25 minute speech out of the park. He mixed hilarity with
insight, and comedy with inspiration.

I attached video of about 3/4 of his speech today, in three segments.
Since Flipshare software takes about a month to upload any video over a
minute long, I had to break the video up into thirds)

Colbert had so many great one-liners, it was easy to see why Rolling Stone named him one-half of "America's Anchor Team" in their cover story by Maureen Dowd a few years ago. (Jon Stewart is the other half obviously)

And the  NU crowd loved every minute of it.

A 1986 graduate of Northwestern's School of Communication, Colbert is
host and executive producer of the multiple Emmy and Peabody Award
winning series, touted by The New York Times as "one of the best
television shows of the year." At Northwestern, Colbert was planning a
serious acting career when he fell in love with improv. Only two years
out of college, he ended up with the Second City touring company.

By Paul M. Banks

Colbert perfected the high-status idiot character at Second City and
later through two early series on Comedy Central, "Exit 57" and
"Strangers with Candy." He first gained wide public recognition as one
of the characters in Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

"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. This
generation's answer to Bob Hope served as Grand Marshall for the 2006
Homecoming Parade, and he's also on the school's National Advisory

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 You can follow him on Twitter

Full Version. Followed by three highlight clips


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  • Colbert's '06 White House Correspondent's Dinner routine was "a teachable moment." I said it will be referenced in journalism classes for the next 100 years. Frank Rich agree with me in a NY Times column

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