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Posted at 9:30 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Garry Trudeau, at last, does 'The Colbert Report'

By Michael Cavna

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The first time Comic Riffs interviewed "Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau, during the heated election season of 2008, talk quickly turned to assessing the best satirists of the current era.

A handful of humorists and comedic institutions were bandied about -- as well as one legendarily sardonic musician -- yet one comedian was singled out for especially high praise.

Stephen Colbert.

"Colbert in particular is as good as it gets," Trudeau said of the Comedy Central host. "With the character he plays, every day is Opposite Day, and he's sustained and built on that conceit brilliantly. And because Colbert is as charming as he is quick, he's bulletproof. Not a scratch on him."

With that professional endorsement in mind, it was especially engaging to watch Trudeau -- who for so long declined most interview requests -- appear Monday night on "The Colbert Report."

Trudeau's gift for comic timing translates from the drawing table to the table of debate, as the cartoonist recognizes the conversational openings and hits them deftly.

And if nothing else is made absolutely clear in this interview, it's that between these two national satirists -- even with one (mostly) in character -- the admiration is mutual.

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By Michael Cavna  | December 7, 2010; 9:30 PM ET
Categories:  The Comic Strip, The Video Shelf  | Tags:  Doonesbury, Garry Trudeau, Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report  
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First of all it is great to see Garry Trudeau in true life and I appreciate the link Michael Cavna. I am purchasing the book today on Amazon and can only say I have been a loyal reader of Doonesbury for a long, long time. I hope he keeps up the good work ... and yes ... I was alive during the era when being liberal was cool.

Posted by: zenmonkman | December 9, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

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