Comic Colbert Fills the Seats at Housing Hearing

Associated Press

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers has told Stephen Colbert how happy he was that the comedian's appearance filled the seats for a hearing on illegal farm workers. Then he tried to kick him out.

Television host and comedian Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's 'The Colbert Report' arrives to testify on US farm workers before the Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugee, Border Security and International Law on Capitol Hill.
Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images

Before the Comedy Central comedian launched into his joke-filled testimony, Conyers said he couldn't remember when a hearing drew such a crowd. California Democrat Zoe Lofgren guessed it might have been for the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

But then Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, asked Colbert to leave the room, saying: "You run your show, we run the committee."

Colbert, who recently spent a day picking vegetables on a farm in New York, said he was there at the invitation of subcommittee chairman Lofgren. Lofgren signaled that he should stay.

Conyers later withdrew his request.