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Stephen Colbert: Memorable moments

Stephen Colbert has been announced as the successor to host "The Late Show" after David Letterman retires in 2015. Watch Colbert in action in some memorable "Colbert Report" moments below.

  • Stephen Colbert sells off his props, including Michael Stipe

    Stephen Colbert sells off his props, including Michael Stipe

    With one more episode of "The Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert has been busy cleaning out the studio. On Wednesday's show, Colbert aired a segment taped at a yard sale he hosted in the lobby of the Manhattan studio where he does the show. Every gag prop and costume used on nine years of his Comedy...

  • Smaug destroys 'The Colbert Report'

    Smaug destroys 'The Colbert Report'

    In its final days, "The Colbert Report" is getting creative with its guest bookings. The Grim Reaper, or "Grimmy," is expected to be the final guest on Dec. 18, but on Thursday, Colbert played host to an even more unusual fictional creation, Smaug the fire-breathing dragon from the "Hobbit" movies....

  • President Obama takes command of 'The Colbert Report'

    President Obama takes command of 'The Colbert Report'

    Stephen Colbert may be in complete control of his New York studio, but on Monday he hosted "The Colbert Report" in Washington, D.C. And when you're in Washington, the president is the commander in chief. Which is why President Barack Obama was able to stroll out on stage ahead of his planned interview...

  • Stephen Colbert defends the new 'Star Wars' lightsaber

    Stephen Colbert defends the new 'Star Wars' lightsaber

    In case you were wondering, Stephen Colbert has been a "Star Wars" fan longer than everyone else, thanks to a special preview screening of "A New Hope" he got to attend when he was in the eighth grade. Now that a new trailer for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is stirring a bit of fan controversy...

  • Toni Morrison tells Colbert she takes responsibility for Obamacare

    Toni Morrison tells Colbert she takes responsibility for Obamacare

    Pulitzer- and Nobel-winning author Toni Morrison can take credit for a lot of things, including writing some fantastic novels in her career, but no one would have ever thought to blame her for Obamacare. Until she met Stephen Colbert. The 83-year-old writer was not one to get bulldozed by Colbert's...

  • Stephen Colbert uses lesbian puppies and a sexy bear for ratings

    Stephen Colbert uses lesbian puppies and a sexy bear for ratings

    Stephen Colbert is ending his Comedy Central show, "The Colbert Report," in one month, but that doesn't mean he isn't still interested in grabbing those all-important Nielsen ratings. To discover the secret of high ratings, Monday night Colbert turned to a group that's apparently doing something...

  • Stewart and Colbert find comedy winds blow their way in 'Fangate'

    Stewart and Colbert find comedy winds blow their way in 'Fangate'

    Sometimes a news story is so ridiculous that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert can't help but lead off with it on "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report." Thursday night, they had such a story thanks to Rick Scott, Charlie Crist and a small personal fan. During the Florida gubernatorial debate...

  • Neil Young teams with Stephen Colbert for a semi-environmental song

    Neil Young teams with Stephen Colbert for a semi-environmental song

    Stephen Colbert, or at least the character he plays on "The Colbert Report," is not anyone's idea of an environmentalist. So what was he doing singing a song called "Who's Gonna Stand Up? (and Save the Earth)" on Tuesday night's show? He was providing the counterpoint to musical guest Neil Young's...

  • Stephen Colbert examines North Korea's cheese crisis

    Stephen Colbert examines North Korea's cheese crisis

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hasn't been seen in three weeks, and many are speculating his absence has a lot to do with his love of rich cheeses. On Monday's "Colbert Report," Stephen Colbert tackled the mini-mystery of what exactly is wrong with the elusive leader. The state-run TV service...

  • Hillary Clinton name-drops with Stephen Colbert

    Hillary Clinton name-drops with Stephen Colbert

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has been everywhere promoting her new memoir "Hard Choices" and not answering the question of whether she's planning to run for president in 2016. But there's no way the supposed front-runner for the Democratic nomination would ever go on "The Colbert Report," right? Stephen...

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