Coming off a year in which he became almost as big a political tastemaker as Jon Stewart, the man who spun him off into his own hit Comedy Central series, Stephen Colbert will receive the U.S. Comedy Arts Fest’s Person of the Year Award.
Billed as a “tongue-in-cheek award that recognizes a comedian, artist or character whom the festival feels is the most important contributor to life in America in the past year,” Colbert did have a rather intersting 2006.
For starters, his nightly half-hour, “The Colbert Report,” caught on as a top-rated skein. Also, his Bush-lampooning turn at the White House Correspondents’ Assn. Dinner made national noise.
“I am humbled to be part of the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival’s tireless efforts to bring joy to the wealthy,” Colbert said in a statement.