30 Best 'Colbert Report' Bits

From big gay roundups to the Blitzkrieg on Grinchitude, we count down the faux-political pundit's greatest recurring segments and in-jokes

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5. Cheating Death With Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A.

The segment with the greatest amount of enjoyable regular features, "Cheating Death" was a marvel of comedic anticipation. Each installment began with one of two variations of a parody of The Seventh Seal's chess-playing-with-the-Grim-Reaper sequence. Then Colbert would carefully explain that, as a doctor of fine arts, he couldn't cure your illness but, rather, entertain you in some oddly specific way. The endless riffs on the general terribleness of Prescott Pharmaceuticals, the inspired new medicines based on real-life scientific breakthroughs, the horrendous side effects: Please tell us "Cheating Death" will be part of Stephen's CBS show. Otherwise, we'll see you in health!

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