The Best of The Colbert Report

The Best of The Colbert Report
Since its debut on October 17, 2005, The Colbert Report has been nominated for eight Emmys, embarrassed the mayor of Oshawa (who was forced to declare Stephen Colbert Day on his own birthday following a bet regarding the Ontario Hockey League) and had the word "truthiness” declared Miriam-Webster’s Word of the Year in 2006. For anyone who may have missed any of Colbert’s landmark moments, from the green-screen challenge to the introduction of the word "wikiality,” they’re all here on this two-hour-plus collection of the show’s best moments from its first two years. While the need for a DVD release so soon after the show’s debut (especially given that it took The Daily Show until 2005, six years after Jon Stewart’s arrival at the helm, to release a similar compilation of their 2004 election coverage) is a little questionable, the simple fact is that the content is there. Cobert has produced enough comically significant moments in a mere two years that, while it’s easy to approach this release with a certain degree of scepticism, one viewing of Colbert’s guitar solo competition with the Decemberists, lightsaber battle with George Lucas or visit with "Papa Bear” Bill O’Reilly is enough to convince even the most cynical fake news fan that this is a worthwhile release. So scour YouTube no more for those talked-about editions of "The Word” or "Better Know A District” because all the best ones are here, proving without a doubt Colbert and his writing team’s (utterly necessary) satirical gifts. (Paramount)