Stephen Colbert Hosts StoryCorps Gala, Discusses the Art of Storytelling

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By Patrick Coffee Comment

Many of us love Stephen Colbert for his ability to stay in character, but last night he talked about other characters—and how their stories compel him.

The event was the tenth anniversary of StoryCorps, the NPR project dedicated to sharing the tales of everyday Americans and painting a broader, deeper portrait of our nation and its people.

After the event, Colbert talked to Vulture about the art of storytelling. Some key quotes:

“Everybody tells a story in their own way, but it’s the need — the need to tell it. And I think everybody has it.”

“Sometimes one of the reasons [stories] make you cry…is the willingness for these people to share their own lives.”

And, as he said at the event:

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(In case you aren’t familiar with StoryCorps, we strongly recommend that you follow them on Twitter, like them on Facebook, download their podcasts and, of course, listen to them on NPR’s Morning Edition.)