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Watch Stephen Colbert Sing a Medley of His Second City Hits

Welcome to The Second City Archives, in which we post an exclusive clip each week of some of comedy's biggest superstars performing early in their careers on the legendary Chicago stage. Second City has generously given us a glimpse into their extensive archive of live performances, and over the coming weeks we'll be sharing some rare and retro comedy never before seen on the web.

If you're struggling with Stephen Colbert withdrawal, this week's Second City clip might help ease your pain. From his final Second City show in 1994, this clip features Colbert and friends performing a medley of songs they wrote over the years including an excerpt [...]

A Wild Year in Late Night

2014 saw more changes in the world of late night than any other in recent memory. David Letterman, Craig Ferguson, and Stephen Colbert announced they would be leaving their long-running shows while Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver started new, widely popular ones. Let's break down all of these late night milestones that took place in 2014.

Stephen Colbert Hosts a 'Colbert Report' Memorabilia Yard Sale

Last night was the second-to-last episode of The Colbert Report, so Stephen decided to get rid of nine years' worth of Colbert Report memorabilia crowding up the offices by putting on his very own yard sale. You know the end is near when even Michael Stipe is for sale for 25 cents.

'The Colbert Report' Announces Its Final Guests

The series finale of The Colbert Report is sadly a week away now, and Comedy Central just announced the lineup of final guests. The stars who will have the honor of sitting across the desk from Stephen next week are Seth Rogen (12/15), Kendrick Lamar (12/16), Phil Klay (12/17), and Stephen's "colleague and lifelong friend" Grimmy (12/18), who has been showing up in recent weeks in an attempt to warn Colbert of his fate. Said Colbert on the news: "Our last week of shows are going to be really special, just like every other week."

Amy Sedaris Interrupts Her Old Friend Stephen Colbert on 'The Colbert Report'

Amy Sedaris and Stephen Colbert's friendship goes way, way back, so even though she was bumped from last night's Colbert Report to make room for guest Christopher Nolan, Sedaris still found a way to appear on the show with her old pal. She even brought an exclusive clip from Interstellar for good measure.

Trevor Potter Looks Back on Setting Up Stephen Colbert's Super PAC

Stephen Colbert's former lawyer Trevor Potter wrote a piece for The Washington Post this week to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, and it's a great look back at the brilliance and lasting influence of Stephen Colbert's super PAC "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow." Potter appeared on The Colbert Report several times during the Colbert Super PAC saga and was tasked with drafting up all legal documents and assisting Colbert in the purely legal financial venture, and in the Washington Post article he outlines some his most notable lessons learned from the whole process. Here's an excerpt:

When the Colbert Super [...]

'The Colbert Report' Says Goodbye with Dozens of Stephen's Closest, Most Famous Friends

The final episode of The Colbert Report aired last night, and in it Stephen killed death himself and ascended into eternity – with Alex Trebek, naturally. But before flying off into another realm, he had some of his best pals join him in song. Everybody from Jon Stewart and Michael Stipe to Henry Kissinger and Samantha Powers to Bryan Cranston and James Franco and literally dozens of others. It was a pretty great — and surprisingly touching — way to send this incredible show off. Below, watch Colbert's final Word, him cheat death, and his final sendoff. Click here to watch the entire episode.

Behold the Final "Colbert Platinum" Segment

With only a few more episodes to go, last night's Colbert Report wrapped up its longtime segment for super wealthy viewers "Colbert Platinum" by selling the show's naming rights to Dewar's, resulting in a new and ridiculous Colbert Report intro song that made Colbert briefly break character in front of the audience. We're really gonna miss you, Stephen.

Stephen Colbert Gives James Corden Some Late Night Hosting Advice

James Corden takes over The Late Late Show in March, and during last night's Colbert Report he met with the retiring "Stephen Colbert" to get some late night advice, bond over their shared love for musical theater, and sing a good old fashioned Christmas carol. Click through for another clip from last night's Colbert, in which the show closes out its long-running segment "Better Know a District" with Jack Kingston, the very first congressman who had the honor of getting better known by Stephen.

'The Colbert Report' Will Broadcast Monday's Episode From Washington, DC

During last night's Colbert Report, Stephen announced that Monday's show will be a special episode taped from George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in DC. Much like Colbert's Election Day episode ("Midterms '014: Detour to Gridlock: An Exciting Thing That I Am Totally Interested In– Wait! Don't Change the Channel. Look at This Video of a Duckling Following a Cat Dressed Like a Shark Riding a Roomba! '014!"), Monday's episode also has the perfect title: "Stephen Colbert Presents: Mr. Colbert Goes to Washington D.C. Ya Later, Legislator: Partisan is Such Sweet Sorrow: A Colbert Victory Lap, ‘014."

Stephen Colbert, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, and More to Appear in 'Inside Comedy' Season 4

Not long after revealing the return dates of Episodes and Web Therapy, Showtime announced today that it's renewed David Steinberg and Steve Carell's documentary series Inside Comedy for a fourth six-episode season. The comedy stars slated to appear opposite Steinberg include Stephen Colbert, Michael Keaton, Bryan Cranston, Dan Aykroyd, Wanda Sykes, Ted Danson, and Carol Leifer, with more guests to be announced soon.

One Colbert Nation, Under God: Stephen Colbert Is America’s Cool Pastor

It started out as a joke. It ends as a near institution to the point that this guy guest hosted it earlier in the month.

In the coming days and weeks, much will be written about the cultural impact of The Colbert Report. From tapping into the meta world we live in, to the awe we all share that one performer could pull off the same character nightly for almost a decade without it getting stale. Needless to say, what Colbert and his team have achieved is beyond reproach. Yet in my opinion, the single greatest achievement of his show was bringing religion and faith in to comedy [...]

Celebrity Fans and Former 'Colbert Report' Guests Say Goodbye to "Stephen Colbert"

After nine years on the air, The Colbert Report ends its run on Comedy Central this Thursday. To celebrate all the wonderful things Colbert has brought to the parody news show format, Vulture reached out to 49 celebrity fans and former Colbert Report guests to get their final word on the show and give "Stephen Colbert" a proper sendoff. Here's an excerpt from Dan Savage's response:

I think we clicked — me and "Stephen Colbert" — because that stuff doesn't offend or faze me, and I like my bigots like Homer Simpson likes his homosexuals: flaming. Stephen — the real Stephen — is a genius, first and foremost, [...]

President Obama Took Over Last Night's 'Colbert Report'

President Barack Obama was the guest on last night's special Colbert Report episode taped from Washington DC, and not only did he sit down for his final interview with "Stephen Colbert," but he took over "The Word" segment to show Colbert just how easy his job is. Watch more clips from the episode below: