Saturday, December 1, 2012

'Hobbit Week' coming to 'The Colbert Report'

It's coming: on Friday Stephen Colbert fans learned that the upcoming week will be Hobbit week on his show, "The Colbert Report." Readers will recall that Colbert is a super-fan of Tolkien, and is rumored to have managed to get a cameo role in one or more of "The Hobbit" movies.

This coming week, Colbert will feature cast in crew of the film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," Sir Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis. Indeed, that's one a day for those who are not counting challenged, as Colbert does four shows weekly from Monday through Thursday.

Reportedly, Colbert is such a Tolkien geek that he easily defeated “Lord of the Rings” screenwriter Phillipa Boyens in a head-to-head trivia competition. Colbert boasted of his accomplishment on a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

If there is one difficulty upcoming in "Hobbit Week," it will be how Colbert's faux-conservative character will remain just that: in character. Based on past performances on his show, Colbert is well-rehearsed and won't let his Tolkien love gush too much.

After all, in a recent segment on his show, Colbert discussed the "Republican Ring of Power," so we're sure he'll manage to slip in politics somehow. Watch the segment, embedded.

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