* Whenever Creator/StephenColbert talks to his CompanionCube handgun, Sweetness, he holds it up to his deaf ear. I thought this was just weird until someone pointed out that this is to emphasise that the gun isn't really talking to him - the voice is in his head. All the impulses to kill the studio audience are ''his''. --{{Tropers/Rissa}}
** Or it could just be that he's right-handed, and would naturally hold a pistol with that hand and hence, lift it to the same ear if he were going to pretend it was speaking to him.
*** OR it could be that all of the above also factor into him being deaf because he discharged the pistol right next to his ear...
** As per his news commentator persona, Stephen almost always has a pen and some paper with him at his desk. And as per his persona's deep-seated rage, Stephen often [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger points an accusing finger at people]] (he even has a segment called "Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger"). It just suddenly hit [[RavenWilder me]] one day that, because Stephen holds the pen with his index finger, that means that when he points at something he's usually using a finger that's ... how should I put this? A little more towards the ''middle'' of the hand.
*** As seen on the FlameWar page.
*** Many people point with their middle finger, without meaning anything by it.
*** Yes, but many people aren't Colbert. It's unlikely that this was unintentional on his part.
* As mentioned on the BearsAreBadNews page: Colbert mocks the typical conservative talk-show host mentality with his routine. The talk-show movement stems in large part fromt he success of Bill O'Reilly, who Colbert has nicknamed "papa bear". Colbert has also declared Bears the greatest threat to America. That means ''Bill O'Reilly is the greatest threat of the greatest threats to America''. -TSBasilisk
* 10/30/14, Stephen asks the Grim Reaper where he's going after his final Report. Grimmy points at the fire and makes devil horns. Yeahhh...
** Or maybe he's pointing at the initial C above the fireplace and making rabbit ears, indicating CBS and broadcast TV, respectively.
** {{Jossed}} in the finale. [[spoiler:Stephen kills death during the Cheating Death segment, becoming immortal in the process.]]
* In the August 1, 2011 episode, Stephen compares UsefulNotes/BarackObama to the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Troll]] from ''The Three Billy Goats Gruff.'' [[HealingFactor What is the most famous trait of DnD trolls?]]
* The choice of "Holland, 1945" as the final credits song is a [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2014/12/19/the_colbert_report_finale_song_holland_1945_did_colbert_pay_tribute_to_his.html fridge-ey]] TearJerker.
* In the finale the entire 9-year run was [[AllJustaDream revealed]] to be a DailyShow segment. This is in-series confirmation that ''Colbert Report'' Colbert was just a character played by the "normal" DailyShow Colbert and helps bring his fans along in the transition to his new role hosting ''Series/TheLateShow''.
* "We'll Meet Again" is best known from ''Doctor Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb''. One of the real Stephen Colbert's earliest lessons in improv (and life), at Second City right before his first professional show, was "you gotta learn to love the bomb" - the 'bomb' in this case being failure. "You gotta learn to love when you're failing," [[https://www.gq.com/story/stephen-colbert-gq-cover-story Colbert would later say]]. "The embracing of that, the discomfort of failing in front of an audience, leads you to penetrate through the fear that blinds you. Fear is the mind killer. "We'll Meet Again" wasn't just a promise to his fans, it was a silent tribute to where 'learning to love the bomb' had brought him in his career.

* Taken out of context, "Ukraine is on the brink of disaster. So, things are improving" implies that the situation in Ukraine used to be, well, disastrous. Then again, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster that's technically true]].