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Stephen Colbert: A Video Primer

Can you tell where the character ends and the real Colbert begins?

Long before he was tapped to replace David Letterman on CBS’s “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert was making his mark on late night television. From his “reporting” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” to his own “The Colbert Report,” to black-tie events, rallies and animated movies, the one time actor and comedy writer who pronounces his surname with a silent “t” has become synonymous with no-holds-barred, politically-charged satire, at all hours of the day.

ICYMI, here’s a handy compilation of some of Colbert’s most memorable TV moments from the past 12 years.

 

 

 

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