Stephen Colbert will be moving to CBS next year, when the host of “The Colbert Report” takes over for retiring “Late Show” host David Letterman.
As the satirical Comedy Central host prepares for the next phase of his career, TheWrap looks back at what got him there. Watch Colbert’s 10 most-viewed videos below, according to Comedy Central stats.
Colbert Gets Daft Punk’d
After getting stiffed by musical duo Daft Punk, Colbert partied on anyway, putting on an epic dance routine that included Bryan Cranston, Hugh Laurie and — yes! — Henry Kissinger, among many others.
Colbert’s Super PAC Ad
Colbert entered the political fray in a grand way, launching the Super PAC Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow with a hilarious spoof on political attack ads. The resulting clip went after former presidential candidate Mitt Romney mercilessly, declaring, “Mitt Romney is a serial killer.”
Colbert Defends O’Reilly’s “We’ll Do it Live” Moment
Colbert wasn’t happy when internet denizens began mocking his mentor, Bill “Papa Bear” O’Reilly, over O’Reilly’s meltdown during his “Inside Edition” stint. Colbert rushed to O’Reilly’s defense — and took a dig at musician Sting while he was at it.
Colbert Addresses the Boston Marathon Bombing
The day after the Boston Marathon bombing, Colbert championed the city’s resilience, noting that Boston was founded by Pilgrims, “A people so tough, they had to buckle their goddamn hats on.”
Colbert Hams It Up
As Colbert plotted to extricate himself from the Super PAC business, he enlisted the advice of Trevor Potter, general counsel for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign to figure out how to hold onto his hard-raised money.
Colbert Gives Sarah Palin a Hand
Colbert offers his thoughts on Sarah Palin knocking Obama’s use of a Teleprompter — while relying on notes written in her palm.
“Pap Smears at Walgreens”
Colbert riffs on Obama’s budget deal with Republicans — and former Arizona senator Jon Kyl’s truth-fudging about Planned Parenthood.
A more recent entry, in which Colbert reacts to the #CancelColbert movement that emerged after a questionable tweet was published from his show’s Twitter account.
Colbert Talks to Maurice Sendak
Colbert grills “Where the Wild Things Are” author Maurice Sendak — and gets a little bit of heat thrown back in his direction.
“People Destroying America”
Colbert launches a satirical smear job on Johnny Cummings, the openly gay mayor of Vicco, Kentucky.