“There’s a common explanation that profound sadness leads to someone’s becoming a comedian, but I’m not sure that’s a proven equation in my case … I’m not bitter about what happened to me as a child, and my mother was instrumental in keeping me from being so. … She taught me to be grateful for my life regardless of what that entailed, and that’s directly related to the image of Christ on the cross and the example of sacrifice that he gave us. What she taught me is that the deliverance God offers you from pain is not no pain — it’s that the pain is actually a gift. What’s the option? God doesn’t really give you another choice.” — Stephen Colbert, in a New York Times Magazine profile, providing one of the few sincere, straight-from-the-heart quotes.
He is, of course, referring to the plane accident that killed his father and brother when he was only 10-years-old. The entire profile is worth a read to understand how Colbert “the person” juggles being Colbert “the character.”