At the U.S.-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday night, Stephen Colbert relayed how excited he’d been to hear about the honor he was to receive from J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot. “I thought it was from the Rebel Alliance,” Colbert joked, referring to Abrams’ “Star Wars” connection.
Still, the U.S.-Ireland Alliance was pretty impressive, too. Since it was formed in the 1990s, Colbert noted how the euro has been introduced and Osama bin Laden eliminated. “You can’t say the Alliance had nothing to do with it,” he said.
Colbert was sporting a natty white beard that Carrie Fisher, who was honored before him, said, “is so getting (him) laid,” which led Colbert to quip, “I don’t know which is more exciting, getting this award or that I may be having sex with Princess Leia tonight.”
The former host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” had the attendees in stitches as he said, “When you think of Ireland, you think L.A., where the grass is brown, the sheep have implants and the people starve on purpose. The potato famine was the original Atkins diet,” he said, before adding, “Too soon?”
As for his own contribution to the Irish cause, he said, “I am gratified to finally be recognized for all I’ve done for the Irish people. I don’t know what that it is, but now I can stop.”
Fisher, who received her award from Stephen Fry, offered up Irish trivia. “The Irish are known for many things: the potato famine, drinking, avoidance of birth control, drinking songs.”
She too referred to her “Star Wars” history, calling herself a “biking-wearing, bun- and gun-toting legend,” and dubbed Yoda’s “do or do not, there is no try” philosophy as “B.S.”
The Alliance also honored artist Colin Davidson, whose painting was auctioned off to raise scholarship money.