05/20/2011 08:29 am ET | Updated Jul 20, 2011

Colbert, Lithgow Give Newt Gingrich Press Release Hilarious Dramatic Reading (VIDEO)

John Lithgow is an alumnus of the London Academy Of Music & Dramatic Art, which some have argued is the world's finest acting school. And on Thursday night's Colbert Report, he perhaps got to put all of that training to its most important use yet: a dramatic interpretation of the now-infamous Newt Gingrich press release.

After an introduction from Colbert, wherein the host realized he didn't have the gravitas to pull off reading Rick Tyler's PR-spin tour de force, Lithgow took the stage and gave the performance of a lifetime.

Colbert summed it up best:

I am sure that won back all of Newt's supporters that haven't just watched a 'Dexter' marathon.


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