Last night marked the return of Stephen Colbert to his Comedy Central program, 'The Colbert Report.' Colbert had been absent from the show for a week, following the death last Wednesday of his mother, Lorna Colbert.
Colbert addressed his sorrow, talking about the person his mother was and thanking those who reached out to him in his time of need. He also shared anecdotes about her, including her nickname of "snodgrass" and how she landed her husband, James.
"She met my father at 12 at cotillion and she liked him, but she didn't want him to know how much, so she would make her friends ride their bikes all the way across town to pass by his house," Colbert explained. "But then she would never look to see if he was in the front yard, which, of course, drove her friends crazy, and evidently she also drove my father crazy, because they were married and promptly had 11 children."
Colbert broke "character" during his speech, pausing to compose himself several times. A video accompanied his speech, showing photos of his mother.
"The fact that my mother was 92 does not diminish ... it only magnifies the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut," he said.
As the show came to a close, he did a stage fall, something he noted his mother taught him and his 10 siblings how to do.
The tribute can be seen on 'The Colbert Report's website here.
Our thoughts are with the Colbert family.