Stephen Colbert bid farewell to the Colbert Report last night with the help of many, many celebrities.
The show featured a cornicopia of important people from all walks of life banding together to sing We’ll Meet Again. Just when you thought the random parade of actors, news anchors and molecular physicists was ending, a new one showed up.
Better organizations than ours tried to come up with a full list of those involved, which seems like important, painstaking work. Like, I feel sort of bad just copying and pasting but here goes.
Jon Stewart, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, James Franco, Katie Couric, Michael Stipe, J.J. Abrams, Mandy Patinkin, Tom Brokaw, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Andrew Sullivan, Ken Burns, Charlie Rose, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Barry Manilow, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Patrick Stewart, Andy Cohen, Christiane Amanpour, Arianna Huffington, The New Yorker editor David Remnick, Peter Frampton, Alan Alda, Cory Booker, Eliot Spitzer, Peter Jackson, Paul Krugman, Richard Clarke, Norm Ornstein, Lesley Stahl, Leon Wieseltier, Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Steinem, George Lucas, Henry Kissinger, Bob Costas, Tim Meadows and Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales.
Others spotted included: Bryan Cranston, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Toby Keith, David Gregory, Ric Ocasek, Stone Phillips, Arianna Huffington, Alexai Lalas, Elijah Wood, Mike Huckabee, Nate Silver, Bo Dietl, Dan Savage, Chuck Schumer, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno, Samantha Power, Thomas Friedman, Matt Taibbi, Claire McKaskill, Mark Cuban, members of Pussy Riot, Yo Yo Ma, John Ratzenberger, George Saunders, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Jonathan Alter, Keith Olbermann, Shane Smith,Bradley Whitford, Jake Tapper, Jeffrey Toobin, Grover Norquist, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, Smaug the dragon, an astronaut on a treadmill in space, Segway inventor Dean Kamen, Alex Trebek, Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and a Tweeting Bill Clinton.
That American-loving rightwing nut will be missed.