Like many other Catlick bloggers, I've been watching Stephen Colbert & The Colbert Report since I learned he recited the Nicene Creed, debated an agnostic, and mostly ageed with Bill Donohue of the Catholic League during an interview on recent shows. Heck yes my viewership can be bought by someone pandering to Catholics.
He's an interesting fellow because you never know whether he's being ironic or serious and I suppose that's a convenience that allows him to appeal to both blue staters and red staters. A few of the clips I've seen seem to suggest a seriousness about the Faith and, if so, it's almost like he's a spy inside the entertainment industry. It's a Mel Gibson thing - Gibson flew beneath the radar for years and then you suddenly find him blooming with faith while still having access to the throne of American power: the media and entertainment. Similarly, I don't recall Colbert being any different from a Jon Stewart or a Bill Mahrer in the early days when he was on Stewart's show, but now he's dancing with something hardly any television entertainer dances with: religious conviction. Now there's a rebel.