Colbert published a book, authored by Stephen Colbert the character, which is a very humorous read. Inside you get a series of rantings given by the ultra-American, fact-dismissing, blowhard: an exploration in ego. But that was not his first authorial experience. In 2003, he coauthored a book called Wigfield: The Can Do Town That Just May Not with Colbert’s earlier accomplices Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. Also a humorous work, the book was generally well received.
Of course, whether one is being charming or impish is a matter of personal taste. In 2006, Stephen Colbert was invited to speak at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. His performance was the stuff of satirical legend: he stayed in character, and President Bush and the First Lady were visibly losing appreciation for the jokes as the speech went on –the criticism is definitely biting, and the audience is polarized.
But he didn’t limit himself strictly to criticizing the Bush administration. Colbert also targeted the media, so his performance wasn’t very well reported on. However, it being the internet age, video of his speech went viral, and was eventually lauded as a politically significant event for the 2006 election season. If you’re interested: it’s probably the most entertaining thing you’ll see from C-SPAN.