Stephen Colbert Showcases ‘Colbert County’ In Alabama

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (December 3, 2006) — Here’s the truth, and not just the truthiness: Colbert County is pretty happy with the way it came across on Comedy Central’s hit show “The Colbert Report.”

The faux news program — with Stephen Colbert playing a pompous talking head who doesn’t let facts get in the way of his take on the truth — aired a three-part segment this week in which Colbert sent an assistant to his “namesake” county in Alabama to open the “Stephen Colbert Museum and Gift Shop.”

Never mind that the TV guy says his name with the French pronunciation “Col-bear” while the county is pronounced “Col-bert.” That little difference didn’t get in the way of the gag.

Sue Pilkilton, a Colbert resident who took the brunt of some of the show’s jokes, said she enjoyed the episodes, which showed the natural and architectural beauty of the northwest Alabama town.

“I think it really came out in a positive manner for us,” Pilkilton said Friday.

And no, Colbert County isn’t named for an actor. Ninon Parker of the county tourism office said it’s named for Chief George Colbert, whose father was a Scottish trader and whose mother was from the Chickasaw Nation.

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