Colbert announces Green Screen Challenge winner

Comedy Central's resident pundit Stephen Colbert has announced the victor in his lightsaber-filled video competition. No, it wasn't the fake iPod ad, or the "World of Colbertcraft," or any of the many submissions in which he battled bears (Colbert claims to be mortally afraid of them).

The winner, "Freedom Fighter" by "Bonnie R." from California, was announced on Thursday night's episode of "The Colbert Report." It featured Colbert as the centerpiece of an intentionally hokey video game in which he uses a lightsaber to protect eagles and American flags. But winning doesn't seem to have been necessary to gain Green Screen Challenge fame. Other videos gained overwhelming fan followings, with quality running the gamut from amateur YouTubery--Colbert fighting the "Star Wars Kid" of viral video fame, for example--to full-out professional visuals. George Lucas himself submitted an entry in which Colbert fought his way through a legit "Star Wars" sequence starring the notorious Jar Jar Binks.

Want to watch it? It can be found, naturally, on YouTube.

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