The Colbert Report went to Baghdad for the first of four episodes last night, and it was a victory for comedy both satirical and silly. Walking onto a stage dressed in a business suit made of camouflage, Stephen Colbert brandished a golf club: an unspoken homage to Bob Hope, who used to swing a putter during his numerous USO tours. Facing an audience of enlisted soldiers, he made Hope-style jokes about the heat as well as warfare (“Iraq: a country so nice we invaded it twice”).
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