Stephen Colbert does not like to break character very often. In almost every interview he gives, he is "Stephen Colbert," host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.
There are a few exceptions to when he is willing to drop the act, though - with the biggest being when it involves his family. Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, is running for Congress in South Carolina and Stephen intends to campaign for her as himself. Colbert-Busch (who pronounces the T in her name) worked at Clemson University for years and now wants to fill the vacant 1st District seat in the state.
Talking to CNN's Jake Tapper, Colbert discussed his decision to pull the veil back.
"I'm willing to, you know, break the jewel of my own creation to try to do something for her," he said. "I'm not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself -- not as my character, to help her as myself. And you know, if people think that's not the right thing for me to do, I don't care. It's my sister, and I'm willing to help her."
He added that he has talked to many congressmen and women, and his sister would fit right in.
"I've met these people and my sister is in the top decimal," he added.