These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: The Colbert Report
Anvilicious: Colbert deconstructs conservative "artist" Jon McNaughton's masterpieces here
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: On April 27th, 2010, Colbert executed the "Greatest Pun of All Time" (3:30) after talking about sheep on meth getting tasered who could have their own TV show called "Breaking Baaaaa". This led to a balloon drop, giant muscular men carrying him over to an Egyptian-esque tent, fighting a man with a giant bull for a head to the death, and ended with him lying in the company of beautiful women who fed him grapes and fanned him. It was fucking awesome and must be seen to be believed.
Cargo Ship: Stephen/Sweetness (his gun). And it's canon!
Fan Yay: So much so that he once recieved Gay.com's "Man of the Year" award.
Foe Yay: Jon Stewart. Colbert regularly criticizes Stewart at any chance he gets and Stewart in turn acts a lot like Colbert's enemy on the Report, despite the fact that the two are best friends in real life.
The recurring 434-part series "Better Know A District" is innovative because it gives U.S. representatives 15 minutes of fame that would otherwise never receive it.
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Stephen opened his 10/24/12 episode with jokes about people stocking up canned meat and boarding up their windows in anticipation of Donald Trump's "big revelation" about Obama. After the episode was filmed, storm-trackers confirmed that Hurricane Sandy would make landfall and merge with other weather patterns, forcing most of the Eastern U.S. to batten down the hatches and really stock up on non-perishables.
The December 11, 2012 episode opened with Stephen saying "It is now legal to carry a concealed weapon in all 50 states. So, if you are in one of them, be careful.". Three days later, a mass shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, in which 20 children and 6 adults were killed, making it the second deadliest mass shooting in a school setting, and is now viewed as the tipping point in the debate on gun rights.
Genius Bonus: The fireplace in the "interview room" is inscribed with the latin phrase "VERDI QUAM ESSE". This means "To seem rather than to be". This is both a Take That against politicians and the media (and if you're cynical enough, any successful person in society) for pretending to be whatever will garner public support; and also, as a reversal of the state motto of North Carolina, is rallying support from his home state (South Carolina) by mocking the motto of the Carolina he's not from.
The show was conceived as a parody of The O'Reilly Factor, which made it ironic when O'Reilly introduced a new segment in 2007 called Pinheads and Patriots (which also became the title of one of his books). The segment consists of O'Reilly expressing his approval/disapproval of various people/things, much like the Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger segment Colbert has been doing since his show debuted in 2005.
The night of the show's first ever episode (October 17, 2005), The Daily Show did a pre-show toss in which Jon Stewart asked Stephen if he was ready. Stephen answered, "Very ready. Feel like I've been doing this show for years. Six years, in fact. I feel like the first two years were pretty good, started out strong. Then I hit a bit of a lull, had some substance abuse issues, came back, and for the last four years - strong as an ox." After about two years (in August 2007, to be exact) Stephen hurt his wrist and (in character) got addicted to painkillers. As of October 17, 2011, the show has been on for six years.
In 2008, Colbert interviewed Mark Sanford and declared him the most boring governor in America. The next year, Sanford went "hiking the Appalachian Trail" on National Nude Hiking Day.note Actually, he went down to Argentina to meet his mistress.
Upon NOT having his show called out for intolerance by GLAAD's television report, he concluded that one of his staff members had to be gay... and by process of elimination he determined that it was apparently himself. Surprisingly, he didn't put up much of a fight to this revelation...
The March Fourth, 2011 episode had an appearance by Jimmy Fallon as a promotion for his and Stephen's flavours of ice cream, Late Night Snack and Americone Dream. After they sang a song about friendship based on ice cream metaphors, it got...unsubtle.
There are many neocons who take everything Colbert says in-character at face value. And even after they're told that he's just Alter Ego Acting, they refuse to believe it.
Much like The Daily Show, many people watch The Colbert Report as their primary or only news source.
Moral Event Horizon: Parodied. In order to be named Keith Olbermann's "Worst Person In The World" Colbert promises to slap a baby. With a puppy. The actual slapping is conspicuously covered up by a "Technical Difficulties" screen...
Colbert: And this next ad reaches out the Latina vagina. ( 'Vagina' rhymes with 'latina.' )
Squick: Bringing up the controversy of Summer's Eve feminine wash commercials: "What you are about to see...you cannot un-see."
A callback was done in August 2011 when Jeff Bridges did a fake commercial for the product.
Strawman Has a Point: Often done intentionally. And quite often (accidentally) by Colbert himself. Because Colbert is a professional comedian with his own talkshow, and quite a few of the guests he brings on are authors, or otherwise un-charismatic and poorly trained to defend their point from critics, Colbert comes out on top of quite a few arguments with people who are supposed to strike back at him.
Colbert: If we are going to be a Christian nation, that doesn't help the poor, we have two choices. We can either pretend Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we can admit that Jesus told us to serve the poor, without condition, and then admit, that we just don't wanna do it.
He also makes incredibly heavy-handed arguments against Objectivism and the idea that you can owe nobody anything, but it's generally all in the theme of unity and helping each other.
True Art: When Steve Martin, an art collector himself, visited to promote his newest novel about the art world, Colbert devoted the whole episode to art. Later, Colbert wanted Steve to buy the recursive portrait that hangs over the fake fireplace and enlisted the help of Frank Stella, who declared the picture "Art", Shepard "Obey Giant" Fairey who embellished the painting with stencils, and Andres "Piss Christ" Serrano who further enhanced it (with a marker, get your minds out of the gutter). Steve eventually bought the arted-up "painting" for $20, and Colbert put a hi-res original online so other artists can enhance it; the first person to do so was William Wegman, who (naturally) added one of his dogs.