Colbert nation shows up in force

By MATT KIELTYKA, QMI Agency


Stephen Colbert backstage before his show is about to be pre-taped. (MATT KIELTYKA, 24 HOURS)


“Canadians are willing to rally around anything. So when given the chance to come out and be a fan of something Canadian, you have to come out and support it.”

Those were the words of Chris, a loyal Colbert Report fan who woke far earlier than he’d like to see comedian Stephen Colbert Wednesday.

So, perhaps it should be no surprise thousands of screaming Canadians erupted in chants of “Beaver! Beaver!” when Colbert’s staff dragged a three-foot, buck-toothed rodent onto the stage before a taping of the political satire show.

It was just a taste of what was to come.

More than 4,000 fans, who packed Creekside Park, went wild when Colbert rolled onto a stage featuring totem poles, moose and a massive Obama-inspired poster of the host riding an eagle while holding the Olympic torch.

What’s more, not only did the proud syrup-suckers in the audience forgive Colbert for calling them “iceholes” prior to the Games – they actually embraced the term.

“You should be proud of what you are, and we’re Canadian iceholes,” said Lisa. “We have icehole T-shirts on underneath our jackets, we’re OK with it.”

Colbert seemed just as eager to make amends with his neighbours to the north.

“I’d like to thank the City of Vancouver for erecting these two giant balls in my honour,” the comedian said, pointing to the dome-shaped Science World and nearby Saskatchewan House.

Michael Bublé joined Colbert on stage for a stirring rendition of O Canada – albeit to the tune of the Star Spangled Banner.

And for the brave souls who camped out at False Creek since 1 a.m., seeing their favourite host in the flesh was all worth it.

“He’s just very fun and has a lively personality, always fun to watch,” said Stephanie, who along with her cousin was the first person in line for the show. “This is a fun experience and we met some great people here along the way.”

Fans get one more chance to get in on the Colbert Report action during the 10:15 a.m. shooting at Creekside Park Thursday.

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