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OTRC: Stephen Colbert announces he's running for political office? (Video)

Stephen Colbert appears in an undated photo from his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report." (Photo courtesy of Comedy Central)

Late night talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert alerted fans he had an "important announcement" to make on his January 12 show.

Colbert, 47, is known for his satirical news show on Comedy Central, "The Colbert Report." For years, Colbert has voiced his opinion on politics, but now, it appears he is taking it to the next level. The comedian announced on his official Twitter account that there was a "big announcement" to come.

"SUPER HUGE BIG TIME ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE REPORT TOMORROW @ 11:30 PM EST!" Colbert Tweeted on January 11. "TUNE IN!!! ALSO, MY CAPS LOCK IS JAMMED!"

"If you're gawking at Twitter right now, you're missing my #majorannouncement," Colbert added on his Twitter account. "Quick, put on @ComedyCentral!"

The comedian said on the January 12 episode of "The Colbert Report" that he was announcing his bid for "candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina." Colbert went on to say that "for over a day now, residents of the state had been crying out for someone who can restore our nation's former greatness to its current perfection."

"America, that someone is now," he continued. "I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the president of the United States of South Carolina."

According to People magazine, his entry isn't a laughing matter, with Colbert polling at 5 percent in his home state, ahead of longstanding candidate Jon Huntsman.

Colbert, who situated himself as "Mitt-ternative" against Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney, also mentioned his previous attempt to get on the 2008 ballot in South Carolina, which failed.

"I don't know if I can put myself through that again," he said. "Clearly, it's a tough decision. I would not want to be in my shoes ... but I am."

The political satirist recently appeared in the Broadway show "Company," and he joked that he always thought he'd be a theater actor, living alone with his beard.

Jon Stewart also makes an appearance on the highly hyped-up episode - watch the clip below or on Comedy Central's website.

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