Stephen Colbert is claiming a place in the history books, announcing that Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” will be the first TV show in USO history to produce more than one episode in a combat zone. The faux conservative pundit will soon head to the Persian Gulf on a USO entertainment tour to tape and perform shows in front of troops. As part of the tour, the series will shoot a week of shows at an undisclosed location to be broadcast on Comedy Central.
“I’m going to the Persian Gulf. I can’t tell you where I’m going, but the fact that I can’t tell you where I’m going should tell you where I’m going,” Colbert said.
The USO is a private, nonprofit organization that lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. In times of peace and war, the USO consistently delivers its special brand of entertainment and comfort to service men and women around the world. USO entertainment tours are essential to fulfilling the USO’s mission of boosting troop morale. In 2008, celebrity volunteers traveled to 27 countries and 23 states, entertaining more than 236,000 troops and family members.
“The Colbert Report” is produced by Jon Stewart’s Busboy Productions Inc. in association with Spartina Productions Inc. Stewart, Colbert and Allison Silverman are the executive producers with Meredith Bennett and Richard Dahm as co-executive producers. Jim Hoskinson is the director. Dan Powell is the executive in charge of production for Comedy Central.