Stephen Colbert’s “Canadian Grinch” Arrested by Kingston Police

Published on: 2016/11/21 - in Featured News

A 28 year old local man – the subject of a segment on Stephen Colbert’s “Colbert Report” back in 2012 – has been charged once again by Kingston Police.

In November of that year, the man was arrested during the Kingston Santa Claus Parade after police received a complaint that he was drunkenly walking along the parade route telling children Santa Claus didn’t exist.

Media Relations Officer, Constable Steve Koopman, tweeted at the time: “Arrested an intoxicated Grinch for trying to yell at kids that Santa’s not real! So misinformed. His heart must be many sizes too small!

A subsequent media release by Kingston Police said the man was quickly located by officers after he was described as “having his hair formed to look like horns that were protruding from his head.

The arrest was widely reported, eventually making it to the “Colbert Report” – the Comedy Central show Stephen Colbert hosted before moving to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS.

“There is one bit of yuletide news that’s making visions of anger plums dance through my head,” Colbert began the segment. “This story sickens me.”

After showing a U.S. TV news station clip describing the incident, the host said “This Canadian Grinch just let the cat out of the bag, or as they say in Canada, the beaver out of the beaver pelt satchel. They got a lot of beavers up there, it’s actually something of a problem.”

“There’s no point denying it anymore, there’s no more Santa Claus,” said Colbert, then added: “In Canada.”

The bit continued with the host further riffing on Canada and Christmas, and readers in the U.S. or with access to a U.S. internet account or IP address (ie. VPN), can view the entire November 27, 2012 segment on Comedy Central.

Today, Kingston Police report that same man was arrested on Sunday, November 20th – just one day after this year’s Santa Claus Parade along Princess Street.

At approximately 4:00 pm that day, the suspect approached a 51-year-old man he was upset with over an unspecified matter, then began striking the victim with his fists and put him in a choke hold.

The department’s media release states uniform patrol officers were dispatched, observed injuries to the victim, and then located the accused in a nearby apartment hiding under a kitchen sink.

The man was arrested, transported to police headquarters and lodged in cells to attend a bail hearing the following day. He is now facing charges of assault and two counts of breach of probation.


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