"Colbert, who pointedly skewers the absurdities of conservative newscasters, displayed satire's hopeful promise at the Knox College commencement in June.
"Don't be afraid to be a fool," he told the students, recalling how his early improv training in Chicago had stressed the value of saying "yes" in order to move a scene along.
"Young people who pretend to be wise in the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying 'yes' begins things. Saying 'yes' is how things grow. ...'Yes' is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say 'yes.'"