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An audio recording has surfaced of President Barack Obama and Stephen Colbert rehearsing “We’ll Meet Again” backstage at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. According to ThatsAPhotoGuy, the YouTube user who posted the audio, “their mics were still live and transmitted the audio to the media room backstage … While there isn’t video from them actually singing (they were backstage away from the media room), I was able to record it.”
While the video doesn’t make clear why the President was cut from the star-studded sing-along, he can clearly be heard rehearsing the song with Stephen Colbert. President Obama was the featured guest on the December 8th, 2014 episode of ‘The Colbert Report’ titled, “Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator: Partisan is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap, ‘014.”
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The series finale of The Colbert Report was the most-watched episode in its history with 2.5 million viewers. For comparison sake: Earlier this month, when Colbert rushed in where Democrats feared to tread — hosting President Obama not long after the midterm elections — he’d been rewarded with what was then considered a really big turnout, audience-wise. With POTUS as his guest (and The WORD anchor), Colbert’s show jumped nearly 50 percent compared to its season average. An average of 1.732 million people watched that Monday telecast, in which Colbert was telecast from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Colbert’s most recent original episode before Obama’s visit, the previous Thursday, had averaged 1.092 million viewers. The episode in which Obama took over The WORD segment to talk about Obamacare, clocked 520,000 18-34 year olds, compared to previous Thursday’s 278,000; calendar year to date, the show was averaging 364,000 viewers in that demo. More than half Obama’s audience — 953,000 viewers — was aged 18-49, compared to calendar year’s 628,000 viewers in the bracket.
One of the lighter moments of The Colbert Report’s Finale was Katie Couric, who was seen dancing with David Hallberg and who seemed to have a lot of fun. In a blog post for Yahoo News, she describes how 100 handpicked finale guests did their best to quickly learn “We’ll Meet Again.” She also shares a picture of the guest list, so go check it out.
“It was a surreal night. I walked into the studio for Stephen Colbert’s final show as the bombastic, charmingly buffoonish character that so many have loved for the past 9 years, and felt like it was the most bizarre cross section of humanity assembled in one place.
There’s Francis Collins of the NIH, the guy who mapped the human genome. Karim Abdul-Jabbar is sitting across from Toby Keith. Oh, hey Saul, I mean Mandy Patinkin. I hope I’ll see you again on Sunday night. How do I love thee, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky? Jeff Daniels. Yo-Yo Ma. Andy Cohen. Doris Kearns Goodwin. Yo Dr. Kissinger.”
Full Post: Yahoo News
During this last week of The Colbert Report many wonderful articles were written about the impact of the show, praise for Stephen’s character and questions on how it would all end. I have compiled a few of these articles. Please enjoy reading them and give us your thoughts about them in the comment section.
On October 17, 2005, Comedy Central debuted the missing link in what would eventually become “the most compelling fake news hour in basic cable.” The new show was The Colbert Report, and it starred faux-pundit Stephen Colbert as a “Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly minion who wanted to “save the world” by imposing his conservative truthiness in our guts, because according to his beliefs, the gut is way better at making decisions than the brain. Despite the doubts of some so-called critics, The Report would last 10 seasons and 1,447 episodes as of this Thursday, when the show will air for the last time.
EPISODE NUMBER: 11040 (December 18, 2014)
SPECIAL GUESTS: (Full List)
STAFF CAMEO: Tom Purcell (as Audience Guy Carl)
SEGMENTS: Texan’s Truck in Syria | Results of The Colbert Report Raffle | The Word – Same to You, Pal | Cheating Death – Grimmy’s Goodbye | Stephen & Friends – “We’ll Meet Again” | Sign Off – From Eternity
SUIT REPORT: Grey Checked Three-Piece Suit | White Shirt | Navy Patterned Tie
VIDEOS: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Hello Hubsters! As we gear up for the final episode, we thought it behoovy to get introspective about our own personal experiences with The Colbert Report. One of the great joys for those of us on the Hub staff is hearing from our community, because without you all we could not celebrate the wonderfulness of the soon-to-expiring Joy Machine.
So this week, we are asking you to send in taping reporTs from any tapings you may have attended over the past nine years. Or, comment here and leave your thoughts about your favorite moments, why you become a fan, or what makes The Colbert Report special to you.
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