3. Better Know a District
When Colbert was on The Daily Show, he made for a fantastic correspondent, his believable idiocy sparking good TV from his helpless, straitlaced interview subjects. He channeled that talent into "Better Know a District," his series of chats with members of the House of Representatives. Congressmen and women knew they were the embarrassed, undignified butts of Colbert's lame-brained character — and Nancy Pelosi even encouraged Democrats not to participate — but they kept going on, anyway. As a Republican strategist told The New York Times in 2006, "The younger staffs of these folks are convincing their bosses that if you really want to be president of the United States some day, you've got to get in with the crowd on Comedy Central."