Comedy Central talkshow to host troops again

Stephen Colbert’s outreach to the troops continues next month when “The Colbert Report” devotes two episodes to commemorating the formal end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq.

The Sept. 8-9 episodes of the Comedy Central latenighter will be dubbed “Been There: Won That: The Returnification of the American-Do Troopscape.”

The studio auds for both episodes will comprise military personnel, both active duty and veterans. They’ll also incorporate satellite auds from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and from U.S. military installations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vice President Joe Biden will guest via satellite on Sept. 8 episode, marking his first visit to the show that is typically heavy on political satire and quick to skewer the White House.

But Colbert earned critical raves last year for his weeklong stint of “Colbert Report” shows produced out of Camp Victory in Iraq. On Saturday, the show won the Emmy for writing for a comedy/music or variety series for those episodes.

The segs were lauded for helping to put a human face on those serving in Iraq, and for helping the Comedy Central demo understand the depth of the political and social problems the military has been forced to tackle. Colbert even had his head shaved on air by Gen. Ray Odierno, who will be a repeat guest on the Sept. 8.

“The Iraq War is over, and all Americans should thank the returning troops,” Colbert said noting a harsh reality for vets. “And quickly before they get sent to Afghanistan.”

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