Stephen Colbert’s touching tribute to his mom, who just died (video)

A really touching tribute, comedian Stephen Colbert offered to his mom, Lorna Colbert, who died last week at the age of 92.


Colbert missed the show the last week to be with his mother. In his first appearance back, he broke character in order to explain the audience what had happened.  A number of times during the eulogy, his voice broke and he went silent for a moment to compose himself.


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The comedian best known for his punditry spoke fondly of Lorna Tuck Colbert, who was born in Larchmont, New York and had eleven children with Colbert’s father. Holding back tears, he spoke of his mother’s life and how she had managed to endure the death of her husband, brother and three of her sons without ever becoming bitter about the tragedies. “Her love for her family and her faith in God somehow gave her the strength not only to go on but to love life without bitterness and instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together,” Colbert said.

In a particularly poignant moment, he mentioned his mother’s ensuing struggles toward the end of her life. Despite confusion that made it difficult to recall things like her favorite color, Colbert’s mother never forgot the prayer that she used to tuck her children in.

It’s really quite a touching tribute.

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13 Responses to “Stephen Colbert’s touching tribute to his mom, who just died (video)”

  1. Anna, I learned a long time ago that, unlike Sarah Palin, most of us do not read every newspaper, magazine, Web site and watch every TV show in the world every single day :) And it’s actually something the liberal blogs fell short on for a while, thinking that all of our readers read all of our sites every single day, thus there was no reason for us to write about each other’s stories, link to each other etc. Well, I don’t read every liberal blog, every newspaper, every magazine, or watch Comedy Central and MSNBC every single day all day long. So I find it useful to go to places where people aggregate good content so that I don’t have to watch everything all day long. I hadn’t seen this clip, and it was incredibly moving and wanted to share it with the readers. So I did :)

    As for the rest of our content, as Karmanot notes, we don’t post 6 or 7 substantive posts a day in order to survey all the top news in the world. We write six or seven posts because we’re a small boutique outfit that is trying to use our expertise in politics to explain the meaning of the news, and to help you look inside the news beyond what you might get on CNN or in the daily paper. So we write fewer stories, but you’ll note that many of them (not all, but most) are more in depth than simply quoting another story elsewhere and linking.

    And finally, as for fun videos, it’s pretty much a given that if you only post nasty angry politics all day and all night, people will eventually get turned off and stop reading because it’s just too depressing. So occasionally, every day in fact, we need a break from politics.

    And finally, I’d challenge your assertion that we’re “behind” on commentary. I’m not even sure what the means. But I think we’ve proven our mettle the last 9+ years. So I have to respectfully disagree :)

  2. Josh says:

    really touching and makes Colbert all the more “real” as a person.

  3. Beth Worthy says:

    Such a touching tribute by Stephen Colbert to his mom. No loss can
    ever be compared to the loss of a parent, a sentiment that I am sure a lot
    would share. His mom was a strong woman to have stayed tall through all that
    she did and I can imagine the pride in being a son of such a wonderful mom.

  4. karmanot says:

    There is no one more prescient and entertaining than a brilliant Catholic with critical reasoning.

  5. LanceThruster says:

    His tribute was quite touching – He does such a good job skewering religious hypocrisy, that I always thought he was one of us (atheist). No matter, he is a wonderfully talented and entertaining and insightful and my condolences for his loss.

  6. karmanot says:

    It’s ‘quality’ sweet pea, not quantity. Now go back to the Jerry Springer Show, so you don’t miss anything.

  7. Monoceros Forth says:

    Short Internet attention span, hm? “Oh, I heard about this already a whole six hours ago, bo-ring!”

  8. markpkessinger says:

    Ugh. Seriously?

  9. Stratplayer says:

    Well, I occasionally miss Colbert, and this is the first time I’ve seen it. So thank you for sharing this moving clip, John.

  10. Anna M AcCare says:

    A little late with ths one. Everyone as seen it by now. If not in person. Or on tv, certainly this am on every site known to mankind. Love you John and your compadres, but I have noticed that the site really lacks ” there” your site, even though I love it seems to be behind the 8 ball when it it comes to news and or commentary.

  11. samizdat says:

    Reminds me of how much I still miss my mom. A good woman, she was.

    Mr. Colbert, my wife and I both share your sorrow.

  12. BeccaM says:

    Amen, brother.

  13. karmanot says:

    One of the few times when the world slows and time stops still, is when a parent dies and we become orphans. Such a loss is indescribable.

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