No joke. Stephen Colbert will testify Friday on Capitol Hill at an immigration hearing on the subject of "Protecting America's Harvest."
A Republican source told The Daily Caller
that the Comedy Central host will be appearing before a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee "in character," as the pompous, right-wing pundit he portrays on "The Colbert Report."
But a committee spokesperson said the hearing would discuss a "serious issue," and that it "is not a TV stunt."
Also testifying will be United Farm Workers President Artuoro Rodriguez, who appeared earlier this year on Colbert's program to promote the group's "Take Our Jobs" campaign. Rodriguez said Americans who believe farm jobs are being lost to illegal immigrants should apply for the work themselves. Colbert took him up on the offer and worked briefly at a vegetable farm in upstate New York.
Sources told The Daily Caller that the plan for Colbert to testify came out of his experience doing farm work.
Colbert and fellow Comedy Central host Jon Stewart announced they would hold "competing" rallies on the mall in Washington Oct. 30. Colbert's rally will be called "The March to Keep Fear Alive," the goal of which is to combat "creeping reasonableness."