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Robert Morast, Published June 12 2009

Morast: Fargo South alum sings with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert comes off as the kind of guy who doesn’t need help with anything.

Whether on his Comedy Central faux-news program, “The Colbert Report,” or promoting himself via whatever media outlet will have him, Colbert’s certainty that he’s the most intelligent, most talented, most handsome and most suited person to do anything is so apparent that Stevie Wonder could see it from 210 feet away.

That’s why it’s a bit surprising that the satirist needed help singing the national anthem during his recent trip to Iraq. But what’s cool about the potentially humbling situation is that the person picked to harmonize with Colbert was Adrienn Falk, a 2000 graduate of Fargo South High School.

Falk, a sergeant in the U.S. Army serving her third tour in Iraq, did the duet with Colbert while he was entertaining troops at Camp Victory earlier this week for a run of “Colbert Report” episodes that aired Monday through Thursday.

The pair sang together in the marble entrance to Saddam Hussein’s El Faw palace – which is located in Camp Victory.

Allice Fordham, a reporter for the London Times, wrote on the paper’s Web site that “They held the last note as long as they could before the crowd went wild, light thrown from a chandelier the size of Wisconsin playing over three hundred or so crew-cut heads.”

So how did Falk get recruited to sing with Colbert? According to her mother, Deb Wald, Falk is an assistant to a two-star general. While she was involved with preparations for Colbert’s appearance somebody remembered Falk could sing and asked her if she’d be interested in the rare gig.

Falk, who was in choir and Pizzaz at Fargo South, also relayed that Colbert is a “total choir guy,” that he has a great vocal range and that he can sing just about anything.

She also told her mom that Falk sang the melody and Colbert “sang harmony all around me.”

The scene doesn’t appear to have made the cut for the episodes, but perhaps Colbert’s crew will roll it out for some future use in the show.

More important, though, is that maybe Falk’s close time with Colbert convinced the guy that North Dakota isn’t the cultural black hole he often jokes about – he’s called it “South Dakota’s North Korea.”

If only our leader, Gov. John Hoeven, would have a wardrobe as cool as North Korea’s Kim Jong Il. Love those shades and military uniforms.


Robert Morast once sang “Another One Bites the Dust” with Connie Chung. He can be reached at (701) 241-5518 or rmorast@forumcomm.com