02/10/2012 08:53 BST | Updated 02/10/2012 08:55 BST

Will The Real Stephen Colbert Please Stand Up? (VIDEO)

Now here's something you don't see every day: Stephen Colbert. Being Stephen Colbert. Not 'Stephen Colbert'.

Yes, the American satirist we barely know but hugely love has given an interview - to Oprah Winfrey, no less - and revealed not just the origins of >The Colbert Report, but also which real-life pundits his right-wing talk show host is based on.

The answer - chiefly "papa bear" Bill O'Reilly - might not surprise you. But regardless, we highly recommend geeking out to the video above, in which Mr Colbert describes his alter-ego as a "well-intentioned, poorly-informed, high status idiot" - and is just as wonderful as we've always imagined him to be.

And if you're in the mood for more fun at the expense of right-wing American politics, do check out this video slideshow of bizarre political ads, below. But be warned: unlike Mr Colbert, none of them are spoofs...