As the host of The Colbert Report, the ultra-conservative character of Stephen Colbert always has something to say about America's liberal agenda. However, we don't often get to hear what the real Stephen Colbert thinks about modern society.
The inaugural episode of Slate's new podcast Working gave us all the scoop on "How does Stephen Colbert work?" In the nearly 40-minute episode, Colbert spoke with Slate's David Plotz about how he puts together The Colbert Report every week and how he transforms into his alter ego.
One of the more interesting tidbits from that conversation is Colbert's feelings on the current Reddit landscape. (Who doesn't have an opinion on Reddit these days?) The so-called "front page of the Internet" is actually an integral part of the funnyman's morning routine.
"I read Reddit in the morning, which is not as useful as it used to be," Colbert said. "I used to feel like it was more stories and less memes, photographic memes. Now it's been sort of consumed by Imgur photographic memes."
Colbert kind of has a point. Head to Reddit's front page featuring the most popular posts at any given moment, and you're likely to see an onslaught of Imgur image posts of funny, weird or inspirational photos. They're not always news, but they sure are eye-catching and entertaining.
But as we all know, the real magic of Reddit lies in its many subreddits, anyway. Colbert said he could still find the stories he's looking for in the News or Politics subreddits.
If you've seen The Colbert Report, you know that the titular host lampoons the day's headlines by having his character report it with an extreme, right-wing slant. That means Colbert has to scour multiple news sources for material for his show. In addition to Reddit, Colbert looks at Google News, The New York Times, The Drudge Report and BuzzFeed for his daily news fix, among other sources.
"I'm constantly consuming all of the time just so that when someone pitches something to me I don't have to wait to know what they're talking about," Colbert said in the podcast.
Colbert has been making a bit of a splash in the tech world recently. He also appeared at Apple's Oct. 16 iPad launch event in a call with the company's senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi. It was Colbert's first appearance as Apple's chief of secrecy, although he said he preferred the titles "supreme allied commander of super secrecy" or "intergalactic chancellor."
If you want to hear more about the daily routine of Colbert as he basically takes over the world, you can listen to his Slate podcast in its entirety below.
[H/T Business Insider]