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Stephen Colbert Put Paul Rudd Through a ‘Sexy’ Physical Gauntlet to Earn ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Title (Video)

The data was all processed by the very official ”Late Show with Stephen Colbert“ Sexiness Research Institute

Paul Rudd is People’s Sexiest Man Alive this year, but it was no easy feat. First, there was a rigorous physical exam to get through, administered by none other than Stephen Colbert.

Well, technically the test wasn’t an official part of the selection process, but it sure did make for a fun bit on “The Late Show” Tuesday night. It involved not only a check-up at a “doctor’s” office, but also a full dog show examination and a photo shoot.

First, Colbert wanted to know what it would look like if Rudd sexily bit the tip of his pointer finger — and eventually the actor managed to get almost his entire hand in his mouth. Next came an eye exam, in which Colbert determined Rudd needed glasses; not to see, of course, just for the aesthetic.

You can watch the full, hilarious test in the video above.

Obviously a physical exam isn’t thorough unless the entire body is checked, so that’s exactly what Colbert did next. Hooked up to a leash, Rudd obediently hopped on a table as if at a dog show. His most impressive trick? Following Colbert around while walking backwards, showing off his butt.

Finally, there was a “sexy” photo shoot, in which Rudd had to prove his allure in a series of insane hypotheticals posed by Colbert (who was obviously the photographer). In the end, though, the very official “Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Sexiness Research Institute found that Rudd actually tested negative for sexy.

Naturally, Rudd accepted his results with grace, ready to head home. But as it turns out, humility was just the final test of sexiness, and Rudd passed with flying colors, earning him People’s coveted title.

Oh, and for what it’s worth, this all came after a more formal interview process, which you can watch here.