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Friday, December 19, 2014

Bye, Colbert: The Finale Episode of the Colbert Report

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM

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I expected to get choked up during the final Colbert Report that aired last night, but perhaps in his commitment to truthiness he knew that squeezing water from viewer’s eyes would be a cheap manipulation. Wait a minute, didn’t he model himself after uber-wind baggy and hyperbolic Bill O’Reilly? I could’ve handled the drama, man.

I’m not sure what I expected for the final sendoff. At first it seemed like a straight-forward Report, complete with The Word and Cheating Death, but then he began singing with Randy Newman at the piano and slowly but surely all his favorite guests from the past began to fill the stage. I must say that seeing Jeff Tweedy singing next to Christiane Amanpour was delightfully outre, but overall the bit had nothing on his fantastic last-minute F-you to the flaky Daft Punk that featured Henry Kissinger getting funky and Bryan Cranston on disco roller skates. Maybe no one involved really wanted to admit that it was really over. Stephen did get a bit verklempt at the very end, and I predicted that he would. He’s just a freakin’ mensch. Remember when his mother died and he cried on the air? How can one man be so goddamn funny, so smart, and also so sensitive? Good god.

So now I am scared. Yes, I said it. I have no idea what a Late Show will look like with him at the helm. I’m so used to his sarcasm and satire that it will be strange to see him sit down with someone like Ann Coulter and not make her the butt of his jokes. I’m also sad. I’m sad because I preferred the Colbert Report over The Daily Show. Yes, it will be nice to still have a place to turn to when the Righties have reached ever new lows, but Jon Stewart grates on me. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver on HBO might be the answer, though all he seems to do is copy The Daily Show, even going as far as to sit in front of a New York skyline.

Hold me. 
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