Stephen Colbert took his "vast expertise," as he put it, gleaned from a day spent working alongside full-time farm workers picking beans and packing corn, to Capitol Hill this morning to testify on migrant farm labor before the House of Representatives.
The Comedy Central funnyman's speech was an interesting mix of in-character performance art, with Colbert in character as his grandstanding "Colbert Report" television pundit, and the occasional moment of sincerity, including one moment during which he seemed to choke up as he described the farm laborers' work as "really hard."
Of course, the in-character one-liners were great. One example:
"I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, then sliced by a Guatemalan, and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian."
The Associated Press reported that at one point House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D.-Mich) asked Colbert to leave, though he was eventually allowed to stay. Politico, CNN and other news outlets have details on the hearing.