The Final Moment From The Colbert Report Was Pretty Amazing

Nine years ago, Stephen Colbert jumped from correspondent on The Daily Show to a show of his own, becoming a satirically conservative voice that quickly became the second half of Comedy Central's one-two punch in fake news. Colbert's commitment to the character was so good that, early on, some people didn't understand it was a satire. He also broke new ground as an "interviewer," constantly pushing the limits with his guests, and he embraced the tension and turned it into comedic gold again and again.

The first season of the Report ended with Colbert winning multiple Emmys and roasting President George W. Bush at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in 2006. He followed that up by filing paperwork to run for President in 2007 as a "favorite son" of his home state in South Carolina, but his petition was denied by the South Carolina Democratic Party. Colbert continued his foray into politics in the 2012 election, forming his own Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, that reported over $1.02 million raised and increased awareness of Super PACs around the country.

His version of the news, along with The Daily Show, was actually proven to be more informative than actual news programs in a study from UPenn, with Colbert viewers showing a much firmer grasp on issues like campaign finance "than every other news source we included in our model."

Last night, The Colbert Report came to an end with a star-studded parade of guests singing "We'll Meet Again" that included everyone from Big Bird to Bill Clinton to Barry Manilow to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Colbert will be taking over for David Letterman on The Late Show next year.