City of Vicco featured on Comedy Central's Colbert Report

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

VICCO, Ky (WYMT) - Vicco is in the national spotlight again.

Wednesday night, the small Perry County town was featured on the Colbert Report, which is a satirical show on Comedy Central.

Vicco has made headlines before but this time, the town is getting a different kind of attention.

Vicco Chief of Police Tony Vaughn saw the story and thought it was positive for the community.

"After just watching it, I thought it was real good," said Vaughn.

Stephen Colbert's crew came to Vicco to speak with the town's openly gay mayor about it fairness ordinance, which promotes gay rights in the community.

Some might argue it was also to break down stereotypes.

"If you cannot laugh at yourself, what else are you going to do," said Vaughn.

Vaughn said he views this story as a positive thing for Eastern Kentucky and he said there could be more good news headed to Vicco soon.

"There is talk of a reality show now. We talked about it. We just signed a contract so we are in negotiations," said Vaughn.

But not everyone is as happy.

In the story, former preacher Truman Hurt talks about his not-so-happy run-in at a gay bar decades ago.

"I actually got the worst end of this deal, no doubt about that," said Hurt.

He insisted he did not stay long.

"I went in there and I said 'What in the world is going on in there?' and then somebody told me 'Oh this is a gay bar'," said Hurt.

He said he left without even getting a drink.

"We went next door," said Hurt.

Everyone acknowledged this story is meant to draw laughs.

"They are poking fun at all of us, I suppose, but we are used to that," said Hurt.

The footage and interviews used were actually shot several months ago.

We reached out to Mayor Cummings for an interview but he told us he was too busy working.

However, Vaughn said Cummings told him he thought the segment was hilarious.

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