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Stephen Colbert Explains Mosque/Koran Burning Situation With Hilarious Dr. Strangelove Impression

One of the great things about centering a show around a character as ridiculous as “Stephen Colbert,” is that the Colbert Report can get away with doing absolutely anything. One of the great things about centering a show around a host as ridiculously talented at Stephen Colbert, is that the Colbert Report can get away with doing absolutely anything. Case in point; last night, Colbert explained the whole mosque-building/Koran-burning détente we’ve now seemed to have reached by doing an extended (more than two minutes long!) bit impersonating Peter Sellers’ titular character from the classic Dr. Strangelove.

Decked out in a leather glove and shaded glasses and filmed in black and white, Colbert described how America needs to create a mosque doomsday device which will nuke tons of Korans if the proposed Islamic community center in downtown Manhattan were ever to open. It was a pitch perfect impression and even concluded with footage from the film’s ending featuring Vera Lynn’s great “We’ll Meet Again.” The only question now is which came first; the impression or the bit? I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this was something Colbert has been cultivating for a while, waiting for the appropriate time to break it out.

All in all, the segment was catnip to anyone who’s a fan of either Colbert or Stanley Kubrick’s classic satire. And, really, it’s just unfortunate if you don’t fall into at least one of those categories.

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