If not Stephen Colbert, what pop icon would you choose to represent the human race?

Colbertspaceodyssey_lForget the Pope or the Dalai Lama. Who better to represent the human race to extraterrestrial spacefarers than Stephen Colbert?

At first glance, I will admit news that the faux conservative pundit having his DNA launched into space seemed like an elaborate publicity stunt for Tek Jansen.* Space tourist and video game designer Richard Garriott will deliver Colbert’s digitized DNA to the International Space Station this October for an “Immortality Drive.” “In the unlikely event that Earth and humanity are destroyed, mankind can be resurrected with Stephen Colbert’s DNA,” Garriott said. Colbert graciously accepted the honor announcing, "I am thrilled to have my DNA shot into space, as this brings me one step closer to my lifelong dream of being the baby at the end of 2001."

If the idea of many Americans now getting their news from late night comedy unsettles you, imagine that aliens might learn about humanity through a cloned Comedy Central pundit! Not that Colbert is the first celebrity to have a piece of himself blasted into the heavens. Star Trek legends Gene Roddenberry and James “Scotty” Doohan had their ashes launched into orbit. So did LSD guru Timothy Leary. And, of course, there was that whole misguided attempt at space tourism by former ‘N Sync’er Lance Bass.

What do you think, nation? Should Colbert be our representative to E.T.? And what other 21st-century pop icons should have their DNA preserved if the human species needs to be repopulated?

*Sadly, Alpha Squad 7: Lady Nocturne, a Tek Jansen Adventure still hasn’t hit stores, despite the Jansen theme song pompously declaring that it has sold millions of copies.

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  • Ron Mwangaguhunga

    On the surface, launchg Stephen Colbert’s DNA into space sounds impossibly pervy.

  • JackSparrow228

    Why, CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW, of course!

  • Rich Haller

    I can’t think of a better representative of the human race except Richard Feynman. Unfortunately he is dead and I’m not sure his DNA is available. So it goes…

  • jcarla

    We should send the DNA of the greatest person that ever lived: THE OPRAH!!

  • SAVE SWINGTOWN!

    Rick Dees. And a 45 of Disco Duck.

  • Kathleen

    Bill Hicks.

  • slammy

    Charlize Theron.

  • mikey

    When I first heard the headline for this story yesterday, I (and I can’t be the only one) had the immediate thought that it meant a shipment “Stephen Colbert’s Formula 401″ would be headed to the space station and perhaps beyond.

  • Jamie

    Johnny Depp or Christian Bale: Because who wouldn’t want to restart the human race with such talent, humility, and good looks?

  • Kenya

    Anderson Cooper!

  • Kath

    Morgan Freeman.

  • fancypants

    Daniel Day-Lewis, Barack Obama, or Stephen Hawking.

  • Karen

    He would be my choice

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