Stephen Colbert knows a thing or two about character work. For years, the Late Show host wasn’t Stephen Colbert; he was “Stephen Colbert,” a self-described “well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot” who called Bill O’Reilly “papa bear” and wrote the book, I Am America (And So Can You!). But the Colbert character has (mostly) been retired, unlike “Alex Jones,” a shirt-ripping maniac played by the real Alex Jones, according to Jones’ lawyer.
The InfoWars conspiracy theorist is currently embroiled in a custody case with his ex-wife, Kelly Jones, who claims he’s “not a stable person” (no kidding). “He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck,” she continued. “He wants J-Lo to get raped.” But Jones’ attorney, Randall Wilhite, asserts his client is “playing a character” like “a performance artist,” and that evaluating “Alex Jones,” as opposed to Alex Jones, would be “like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in Batman.”
On Monday’s Late Show, Colbert empathized with Jones, admitting he feels for him. “Everybody knows that for many years I played a satirical right-wing character, OK?” he said. Then, the pivot: “This happened to me all time, when I played my right-wing character, talk radio host Tuck Buckford.” It’s only a matter of time before your uncle is sharing Buckford memes on Facebook.