Stephen Colbert: I Could Never Play Right-Wing ‘Colbert Report’ Character Under Trump

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As he took the stage at Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Comedy Festival’s “Behind the Laughter” panel Thursday night, Stephen Colbert introduced himself and asked one of his many writers and producers seated in a semicircle of stools, “What’s behind the laughter?” 

“Tears,” head writer Opus Moreschi deadpanned in response. 

“Let me tell you a little bit about me,” Colbert added. “I’m a Taurus, I like long walks on the beach and being the No. 1 show.” The crowd of adoring fans roared in approval.

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