Stephen Colbert wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds

(Photo: Mike Conneen)

“There comes a time in every great man’s life when he must be cast in wax.”

Those were the words of Stephen Colbert at the unveiling of his wax look-alike Friday. And even though he admitted to being freaked out by the figure, his self-absorbed Comedy Central character fell in love with himself.

Among presidents and civil rights leaders at Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C. is none other than comedian Stephen Colbert. Before the unveiling, Colbert expressed gratitude to the museum.

“I want to thank everyone at Madame Tussauds for the honor of becoming the latest Waxican American.”

With his Comedy Central crew in tow, Colbert switched in and out of character at the unveiling, but once the curtain came down it was love at first sight.

“This is what it’s like to be with me,” he laughed.

A crowd gathered outside the museum hoping for a sighting or even a picture of Colbert.

“I said ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to find where this is and go!” says Dana Tiger.

None of his fans were more excited than Tiger, who was visiting from Oklahoma.

“I love Stephen Colbert. It’s like a miracle! He’s in this building right here and I’m out here outside and my skin is crawling with happiness.”

Inside, Colbert was busy filming scenes for an upcoming episode and basking in the glory, knowing his Comedy Central colleague, Jon Stewart, has no wax look-alike.

“I’m sure he’s very proud of me and just absolutely burning with jealousy that he doesn’t have a wax figurine of his own in Madame Tussauds.”

The museum’s artists took more than 250 precise measurements and Colbert donated his clothes and accessories. He even provided the exact prescription of his eyeglasses, ensuring what he calls “100-percent accuracy."

When asked what this means to his career, the comedian says, “It’s fun! I mean if there are people who would like to have their photo taken with a fake version of me that means I should be able to charge people to take photos of the real version of me. So if my show ever goes away I’ll have a backup plan now.”

Warning the video below contains strong language.