Multiple people who work on ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ were detained Thursday night on charges of illegal entry to the House of Representatives.
A total of nine people were initially detained over the incident, according to Fox News.
Among the arrestees are Robert Smigel, best known for his character Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Smigel, 62, is a frequent guest on Colbert’s CBS show.
Also arrested were one of Colbert’s producers, Allison Martinez, and writer, Josh Comers, reports Fox News.
According to Fox News’ Chad Pergram, the group was attempting to film and take pictures around the offices House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Lauren Boebert.
It is unclear why, but the visit may be linked to the ongoing January 6 riot hearings – with Democrat Representative Adam Schiff reportedly letting the posse in.
The group had earlier been attempting to get interviews in the Cannon House Office Building but were removed due to a lack of proper press credentials.
Those detained in addition to Smigel have been named as Jake Plunkett, Allison Martinez, Tyrone Dean, Stephen Romond, Nicoletta Green, Brendan Hurley, Josh Comers and David Feldman.
According to her LinkedIn page, Allison Martinez is an associate producer on Colbert’s popular late night comedy talk show.
While on his page, Jake Plunkett is listed as a senior producer and director on the program.
Brendan Hurley is a prop master on the show and has worked with Colbert since the host’s Comedy Central show, ‘The Colbert Report.’
Josh Comers is a Brooklyn-based comedian and writer.
David Feldman is a writer and comedian who previously worked on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ and ‘The Daily Show.’
On his website, Feldman made no reference to his arrest but said that he was returning to New York City after filming with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog whom he referred to as his ‘boss.’ Feldman joked: ‘He’s tough, but fair.’
A CBS spokesperson told DailyMail.com that the members of the team were detained following their final interview after they stayed behind to film ‘comedy elements in the halls.’
The spokesperson said that the interviews were authorized and pre-arranged through congressional aides.