‘The Colbert Report’ May Be Over But Stephen Colbert Will Live Forever

By December 20, 2014
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As Stephen Colbert said Thursday night, “If this is your first time tuning into ‘The Colbert Report,’ I have some bad news.” Indeed, ifyou’ve someone how missed the political punditry of Her Excellency The Rev. Sir Doctor Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World* featuring Flo Rida La Premiere Dame De France, then you’ve missed out on nine years of some of the best satire that has ever been put on television.

And the proof lies in the farewell episode of the show that spawned from Colbert’s time spent as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. First of all, Colbert delivered his final rendition of “The Word,” a segment inspired by the work of “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly and his self-named Fox News program. In the segment, Colbert explains how he came through on the promise of a revolution that he made when the program began back in 2005:

But the real shocker came when Colbert’s final guest appeared on the show. For the last few weeks of “The Colbert Report,” the host’s longtime friend Grimmy had been stopping by, promising death to the clueless pundit, and it looks like his ignorance has paid off. Because Death met his maker at the hands of Colbert’s trusty gun “Sweetness.” Yes, Dr. Stephen T. Colbert finally actually cheated death:

And with his newfound immortality, Colbert gave a heavenly goodbye complete with an all-star assembly of politicians, historians, musicians, actors, news anchors, pundits and other people of note. In this musical send-off led by Randy Newman, you’ll spot James Franco, Katie Couric, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Yo-Yo Ma, Big Bird and Cookie Monster, Jeff Daniels, Patrick Stewart, Ariana Huffington, an imprisoned Vince Gilligan, a tweeting Bill Clinton and both J.J. Abrams and George Lucas. Check out the impressive and moving finale right here:

Yes, just when you think it’s all over, Colbert seals his fate in immortality by getting picked up in a sleigh with Santa Claus and Abraham Lincoln, and Alex Trebek. What follows is a touching sleigh ride where Colbert thanks everyone who made “The Colbert Report” possible, and we get a taste of what it was like to work with Colbert over the past nine years in a flubbed hand-off between he and Jon Stewart:

And that’s when it really sets in that Stephen Colbert won’t have that sweet spot after “The Daily Show” any longer. Colbert is truly one of the greatest satirists of our time, offering provocative and poignant into politics and other newsworthy items by way of one of the most outlandish characters televisions has ever seen. When you look back at the history of what Colbert got caught up in, from running for President in South Carolina to his Super PAC and The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. He’s done some truly great and remarkable things.

We won’t count on the character Stephen Colbert heading over to CBS when the real Stephen Colbert begins hosting “The Late Show” after David Letterman leaves the late night desk, but we can’t wait to see what he can do to shake up late night network television.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.