By Russell Berman - 02/07/13 11:59 PM EST
LANSDOWNE, Va. – House Democrats will conclude their annual retreat here with a dose of levity: Comedian Stephen Colbert will speak to their caucus on Friday.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) invited the popular satirist, who plays a conservative commentator that regularly denounces Democrats and lampoons Republicans on his Comedy Central show.
“We assume this is Stephen Colbert’s attempt at bipartisanship,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill explained.
Colbert’s appearance will be closed to the press. Former President Bill ClintonBill ClintonTrump camp talking points: Mention Monica Lewinsky The Trail 2016: Miss Universe crashes campaign Obama to attend Shimon Peres funeral in Israel MORE will also be delivering private remarks to the caucus on Friday.
Colbert will be speaking to a group that his sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, is seeking to join. Colbert-Busch recently launched a bid for the Democratic nomination in the special election to replace Rep. Tim ScottTim ScottGOP senator: Kaepernick protest 'a drastic mistake' GOP senators ask watchdog to examine Gitmo site surveys spending Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (R-S.C.) in the House.
Caucus Chairman Xavier BecerraXavier Becerra78 lawmakers vote to sustain Obama veto The Trail 2016: The fallout Buzz builds on Becerra’s future plans MORE (D-Calif.) announced Colbert’s appearance to House Democrats on Thursday. It was first reported by Politico.