Comedy Rambo

By DAVID BIANCULLI  |  November 16, 2007

It’s a good chess joke — but as an accurate description of the way the real Colbert sees things, and operates, it’s not even close. Shades of gray, and moving behind enemy lines — that’s where the fun is. And in that game, Colbert is a grandmaster himself, always thinking several moves ahead, and always poised to attack.

David Bianculli is TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air and for He can be reached at

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