30 Facts Most Fans Don't Know About The Colbert Report With Stephen Colbert.

The Colbert Report was a tour de force back in its heyday. Its satirical look at contemporary politics truly put cable television on its head, and was a perfect counterpart to The Daily Show, which preceded it every night.

Here are thirty facts about the show you, even as a fan, might not have known.


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1/30. The word Truthiness, which Stephen debuted during the first episode of the show, was entered into the official Websters Dictionary in 2006. It was also named "Word of the year" by the American Dialect Society, also in 2006.

2/30. Even though Colbert and Steve Carell have been colleagues for years, Colbert has stated that they were never very close, since Carell is an intensely private person.

3/30. On March 12, 2007, shortly after Colbert reported on the in-universe death of superhero Captain America, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada sent Captain America's shield to the show, saying he had left it to Colbert in his "will". It has appeared as a prop on the set ever since.

4/30. Having grown up in South Carolina, Colbert was well aware of the stereotype that southerners were less intelligent, so he used to imitate news anchors in order to avoid the misconception.

5/30. Despite the Right wing-to-Libertarian-leaning views that the "Stephen Colbert" character often espouses on the show, in his private life, the real Stephen Colbert considers himself a Democrat: "I'm a Democrat. I'm not asking anybody to vote for Democrats or Republicans. I say everyone should vote for both candidates -- except me. Just let me vote for (2004 Democratic presidential nominee John) Kerry. Then we'll be fine." Colbert has also called his "Colbert" character a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot."


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6/30. On April 15, 2009, NASA announced a treadmill on board the International Space Station would be named the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT).

7/30. On August 25 2014, during _The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014)_, Jimmy Fallon joked that people should go to IMDb and add themselves as "creative consultant" to The Colbert Report (2005), that he would support their credit. IMDb subsequently received several thousand credit submissions for "consultants" to the show, including "torture consultant" and "wardrobe malfunction consultant".

8/30. Colbert keeps a collection of pictures of his "Enemies" on the set of the show. Among the pictures is House (2004)'s Hugh Laurie, due to the fact House won an Emmy Award over Colbert's show. Laurie found this to be very funny, and in an episode of House's fifth season a picture of Colbert can be seen on House's desk.

9/30. During the 2007-2008 Writers Strike, Colbert pronounced the "T"s in "Colbert" and "Report" to indicate that the show was not the same without his writers.

10/30. In 2006, the San Francisco Zoo contacted Colbert, asking his permission to name an unhatched bald eagle after him. The bird was named "Stephen Jr.", and his birth was celebrated on the show on April 17, 2006. Colbert still gives updates on the eagle's whereabouts.

11/30. The painting of Stephen above the fireplace on the set changes every year. Each painting is auctioned off when it is done with its year on the set.


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12/30. In 2006, Stephen encouraged his viewers to go online and vote for a new bridge in Hungary to be named after him. Stephen won both rounds of voting for the bridge, with over 17 million votes, but Hungarian law prevented the bridge from being named after a living person.

13/30. The letter "T" in the word "Report" is silent as it is in Colbert.

14/30. The fictional Stephen Colbert, who hosts the show, has Arctophobia: the fear of bears.

15/30. On the set, there is an artificial fireplace with the engraving "Videri Quam Esse," meaning, "to seem to be rather than to be"; it is a play off of the traditional Latin phrase "esse quam videri," or, "to be, rather than to seem to be," reflecting Colbert's mock right-wing personality.


16/30. The show's name was mentioned several times on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a joke, alongside other (then-)fake spin-offs such as "Jon: The Magazine".


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17/30. The studio in which the show is filmed is named the "Eagle's Nest".

18/30. In March of 2011, hundreds of cities across the United States stopped publishing the residential "White Pages", as most of the information in the White Pages can be found online. Colbert honored the parting of the White Pages on the show by placing a copy of the White Pages on his bookshelf, located on the show's set.

19/30. This show ended at the end of 2014 as Colbert was announced as the replacement for David Letterman on the Late Show. In addition, the personality that he presents in the Colbert Report was retired.

20/30. George W. Bush's last day in presidential office was Monday, January 19, 2009, the same day the show celebrated its 500th episode.

21/30. Colbert's desk is in the shape of a gigantic letter "C".


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22/30. Colbert did a tribute to his late mother on the show.

23/30. One of the main inspirations for the set was DaVinci's Last Supper.

24/30. Colbert has actually fallen asleep on stage before.

25/30. The book I am America (And So Can You!) was actually on the New York Times Bestseller list for 24 weeks.

26/30. Colbert believes that the character he plays on the show, "Stephen Colbert", relies on "Manifest destiny and the invisible hand of the free market."

27/30. More than 250,000 people attended Colbert and Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and "March to Keep Fear Alive" in 2010.


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28/30. Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless has been quoted as saying "Stephen's a joy to work with."

29/30. Colbert originally intended to become a serious dramatic actor, rather than the sort of comedy he does for the show.

30/30. Before joining The Daily Show, which lead to his getting his own show, Colbert was a correspondent on Good Morning America.



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