2011 has been an incredible ride for we chronic appreciators of TCR, and without question the successful establishment of Colbert SuperPAC has not only poised Stephen ever more closely to the gearbox of America’s political machine, but also created some of the most poignant satirical moments the show has ever achieved. And we’ve only just begun: undoubtedly, with the Republican primaries ramping up this January, the SuperPAC will only continue to influence events in ways yet to be seen.
However, there were a myriad of lighter and equally substantive moments. A collaboration with Jimmy Fallon netted $119,726 via Donor’s Choose, helping over 50,000 American schoolchildren and, more impressively, rendering a version of “Friday” that is actually listenable.
Stephen took it upon himself to learn how to “achieve British” with Hugo Vickers in anticipation of the wedding of the universe between Kate Middleton and Prince William in “My Fair Colbert: Stephen Colbert’s Crown Jewels”, and was able to seriously illuminate the cause of the Occupy Wall Street protesters in “Stephen Colbert Occupies Occupy Wall Street,” which featured an intriguing female bodied person named Ketchup.
It has also been a great year for music. Of the many musical acts that appeared this year, “StePhest Colbchella ‘011″ featured a full week of shows of independent artists, including a three part segment, “2011: A Rock Odyssey Featuring Jack White,” devoted to his collaboration with the rock legend. This of course led to Stephen’s release of his hit single, “Charlene II (I’m Over You)” the first since his days with Stephen and the Colberts. Also, we had the first hour-long show devoted to my favorite band Radiohead, and the performance of their new release The King of Limbs, an appearance which was hailed by fans and critics.
We ended the year with hints at a possible “serious, classy” Republican debate on Nat Geo and/or Animal Planet. Seemingly boundless are the possibilities for The Colbert Report as we welcome in 2012.
Without further ado, Colbert News Hub presents what we think are the best moments of 2011:
Best Moment of 2011:
Best Character Break:
Best Field Segments:
“Racism is so tempting because if I get to say, ‘Hey, here’s me and my group and we’re great and your group isn’t as good as my group.’ That’s a very se-duc-tive feeling, you know what I mean?”
They were all stellar, we are listing these top three. Which one would you pick?
“Everything ends– the job you hate, the money you owe, tiny pork pie hats, planking, your second mortgage, the national debt, summer. [Unless Republicans Filibuster Autumn.]”
“I may just be an empty flesh terminal reliant on technology for all of my ideas, memories, and relationships, but I am confidant that everything that still makes me a unique human being is still out there, somewhere, safe in a theoretical storage space owned by giant multi-national corporations.”
“Because only when Congress has no accountability, can they lead this country back to personal responsibility.”
Featuring Hans Beinholtz, a great German comic, and the longest named German cheese imaginable.
Best Musical Guest:
Best Musical Event:
Best Late Night Host Collaboration:
Best Physical Comedy:
Because Stephen demonstrated you can totally reload a front-loading musket, ring a bell, and ride a horse at the same time:
Another great Sarah Palin related moment: Stephen’s Sound Advice for Mika Brzezinski’s “Palin Fatigue”:
Best Celebrity Cameo:
Best Yes-Anding with a Small Town Media Outlet:
Most Scantily Clad Moment:
Quickest Takedown of a Ridiculous Mascot Following a TCR Segment:
Fracosaurus was axed mere days after this segment aired.
Best Use of Facial Hair:
Who could forget Stephen and crew’s epic voyage from Charleston to Bermuda, and their second place somewhat-photo finish.
Blood in the urine
A tingling down the left arm
Walk it off, Grandma
Best Thunderdome Reference of the Year:
Most Graceful Moment:
Release of the first SuperPAC ad:
Tater Tot Monologue:
An impassioned cry for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Tater Tots.
“No potatoes? Why, because they are Irish? What’s next, limiting the availability of Shamrock shakes to just St. Patrick’s day. You racists!”
Stephen’s Seriously Classy Rendering of Donald Trump:
“You want to play kingmaker, Donald, ok that’s my turf. I close deals, ask my guests. The Black Keys wanted gluten-free crackers, I made it happen, boom, nobody else does that. I started a SuperPAC, unprecedented money, unprecedented influence, I can call the Pope, he answers, we talk soccer. You see this watch, 100% platinum, you see this watch, 100% gold. I wear them underwater, fish love them, they’re shiny. Every night I eat egg rolls for dinner, nobody stops me. Every bathroom in my house has 2 sinks and three toilets, I use all of them. The point is, forget Donald Trump, he is history, rolled in forget him, smothered in a yesterday sauce.”
And Hubsters what do you think were the best moments of 2011? Do share in the comments! On behalf of all of us at Colbert News Hub, Happy New Year!