It’s hard to believe there are only four more episodes of The Colbert Report. And then “Stephen Colbert” will be gone forever. Or at least until Stephen Colbert decides to bring back his right-wing blowhard alter ego for special occasions.
When CBS announced that Colbert would be taking over for David Letterman as host of The Late Show starting next year, we compiled six times that the host appeared in the media as himself over the past nine years. But now, it’s time to look back at the most iconic moments from The Colbert Report, one for each year since the show premiered after The Daily Show on October 17, 2005.
Most of the clips below involve the times when the Colbert character brilliantly and inexplicably integrated himself into the real world and in the process had a tangible effect on the political stories about which he was presumably just making jokes. As he proved time and time again, Colbert was never just a commentator, but rather an active participant in the world beyond his Manhattan studio.
Whether he will be able to achieve heights like these in a format like The Late Show remains the great question of his career’s next chapter.
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