Tonight The Colbert Report ends its 9 year run on Comedy Central as host faux news pundit Stephen Colbert goes on and becomes the next host of CBS's Late Night Show when host David Letterman retires sometime in 2015.
As Colbert proclaimed on The Daily Show back in April, he won television.
And that he has.
The Colbert Report was nominated for at least one Prime Time Emmy from 2006 through 2014. The series won in that category in 2010. In 2013 and 2014, the program won for Outstanding Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
The 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner may have been panned by a lot of traditional press, but it received a lot of acclaim once it hit this little website called YouTube. Spike TV awarded it the Guys' Choice Award for Gutsiest Move.
Indeed it was a balls moment for Colbert.
In addition, The Colbert Report also has two Peabody Awards which is two more than you will ever win.
And Colbert has achieved immortality with his word "truthiness" added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and named it the Word of The Year in 2006.
The Colbert Nation stood the watch to protect this nation from the true threat…
That and for the last 9 years it has provided some of the smartest comedy and sharpest political commentary that I have seen. We are better for having The Colbert Report beamed into our living rooms at 11:30 PM (ET)… or on Comedy Central repeats during the day… or via a streaming device… or laptop.
For instance, I think he did a great job in highlighting the issues concerning money in politics with the formation of his Colbert Super PAC in the lead up to the 2012 Elections. Citizens United (2010) and McCutcheon (2013) have gutted almost all the campaign finance laws in this country.
As shown in the montage clips, candidates are not allowed to coordinate their campaigns with Super PACs and the worst thing that happens to them is they get a nastygram from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). As what Colbert showed is that there is some aligning between candidates and Super PACs given connections between the organizations such as between Stephen Colbert and The Daily Show's John Stewart who is also a producer of The Colbert Report.
Also I have shared some of my favorite interviews and Colbert moments. I hope that Comedy Central does not take these clips down. These can serve as a way to document American political history over the last 9 years. It would not surprise me if my cousins or my niece have a political science class that features these clips in how American politics and media was in the early 21st century.
Now that The Colbert Report is ending, I guess there is one thing left to do.