Video of his opening statement is in the post below, but some of the best moments were during questioning from the committee. Apparently nobody much believes in transcripts anymore (what happened while I was away?) Blue Wave News has transcribed the one moment when Colbert seemed to come out of character and explain to Rep. Chu why he cares so much about the issue of migrant workers. Here's a snippet:
You know, “whatsoever you did for the least of my brothers,” and these seemed like the least of my brothers, right now. A lot of people are “least brothers” right now, with the economy so hard, and I don’t want to take anyone’s hardship away from them or diminish it or anything like that. But migrant workers suffer, and have no rights.Other favorite answers include telling Rep. Smith (R-TX) that being a farm worker for a day is pretty tough:
SMITH: Is that to say it's more work than you've ever done before?Then explaining to Rep. King (R-IA) that he was indeed packing, not unloading, corn.
COLBERT: It's certainly harder work than this.
SMITH: Is it harder work than the comedy show?
COLBERT: Absolutely harder than punditry.
SMITH: You don't want to return to it?
COLBERT: I don't even want to watch Green Acres any more.
COLBERT: I was packing corn. I was a corn-packer. I packed it; I put it in the trucks and I iced it down to keep it at 38 degrees so it wouldn't go through the process where the sugar turns into starch and we got that corn out that day. I was a corn-packer. And I know that term is offensive to some people because corn-packer is a derogartory term for a gay Iowan and I hope I didn't offend anybody.Watch those portions of the video here.