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This still taken from video shows Stephen Colbert, showing off his lightsaber skills in front of a green screen on his Comedy Central cable television channel show, "The Colbert Report," on Aug. 10. He urged his fans to make him a viral video star. Soon, fans were filling in the background with video and sending their entries in the "Stephen Colbert's Green Screen Challenge" to a special Web site.
Stephen Colbert asks viewers to make him a viral-video star
By Jake Coyle
AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK — While many of his television brethren have been more wary of YouTube and the Web, Stephen Colbert is urging his fans to make him a viral-video star.
On Aug. 10, Colbert showcased his lightsaber skills in front of a green screen on his Comedy Central show "The Colbert Report." Soon, fans were filling in the background with video, placing the host in the realm of "Star Wars," and posting them online.
Last week, Colbert announced that he would broadcast the best submissions, or as he called them: "bold depictions of my heroic fight."
Hoping for more videos, Colbert threw down the gauntlet, announcing the "Stephen Colbert's Green Screen Challenge." Already, a number of entries have been rolling in on YouTube.
The most popular include one where Colbert battles a space monster and another where he fights the legendary "Star Wars Kid" — the viral video star of yore.
"This is an exciting opportunity for our audience to participate in the central mission of this program — making me look heroic," Colbert said in a statement to The Associated Press.
Colbert's encouragement of these videos is in contrast to many TV shows, which often have clips of their work removed from YouTube. And it's not the first time Colbert has used the Internet for his own bidding, either.
On the Net: www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_colbert_report/index.jhtml; www.colbertnation.com.
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