The Colbert Report/Recurring Segments
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A list of recurring segments and characters who had three or more appearances on The Colbert Report.
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- Alpha Dog of the Week
- Colbert profiles a figure in the news that is fighting back against someone (usually an enemy of Colbert's), generally in such a way that it seems like a trivial matter being blown up unnecessarily.
- Ballz for Kidz
- A series of segments for children in which Colbert and typically soundbytes from random people from random people educates them on subjects like Bears.
- Better Know a District
- A 435-part (and later 434-part) series of Colbert interviewing representatives from various Congressional districts in the United States.
- Better Know a President
- Colbert interviews former presidents or, more accurately, presidential impersonators.
- Colbert's stage manager and often the victim of stunts that Colbert himself won't pull, portrayed by Eric Drysdale.
- Bring 'Em Back or Leave 'Em Dead
- Colbert calls up images of deceased people and relies on the audience to either bring them back or leave them dead.
- The Craziest Fucking Thing I've Ever Heard
- Known on screen as "The Craziest F#?king Thing I've Ever Heard," Colbert spotlights a bizarre story like a squid that learns to twist open a jar or something similarly unusual.
- Formidable Opponent
- Colbert has a rousing debate with himself using a green-screen tie that changes to signify which Colbert is which.
- A burly and possibly mute man who typically just stands around and looks menacing. He also occasionally acts as Colbert's bodyguard.
- The New Tek Jansen Adventures
- A science fiction hero named Tek Jansen (voiced by Colbert) fights alien monsters and sleeps with alien women in this recurring animated segment.
- P.K. Winsome
- A political commentator and black Republican who decided to run for lieutenant-governor of an unknown state, portrayed by Tim Meadows.
- Russ Lieber
- A token liberal radio show host who embodies all of the stereotypes that Colbert uses to make fun of liberals, portrayed by David Cross.
- Special Report
- Occasionally, episodes of the show will focus on a single issue and be labels a "Colbert Report Special Report," noting that the "T" in the second "report" is pronounced.
- Sport Report
- A recurring sports segment which typically is only employed to promote the Saginaw Spirit, a Canadian hockey team which named their mascot after Colbert.
- Stephen Colbert's Green Fallback Position
- Due to the economy entering into a recession in 2008, Colbert began investigating possible jobs in case his position as a pundit was outsourced to India.
- Stephen Colbert's Green Screen Challenge
- After filming himself fighting a "space monster" over a green screen with a plastic lightsaber, Colbert called on viewers to digitally insert the situation he was describing.
- Stephen's Sound Advice
- Stephen delivers advice on how to accomplish a specific task in handy bullet point format.
- The building manager for Colbert's studio and also an enthusiast of the show who once started the Stephen Colbert Museum in Colbert County, Alabama, portrayed by Paul Dinello.
- A countdown of the top five things that are threatening America's freedom. More often than not, the number one threat is bears.
- Tip of the Hat/Wag of the Finger
- Several people or things are either given Colbert's complements (tip of the hat) or his scorn (wag of the finger) depending on what they've done lately.
- Who's Attacking Me Now
- Profiles of people in the media who are in some way disparaging to Colbert's ego.
- Who's Honoring Me Now
- The converse of the "Who's Attacking Me Now" segment in which Colbert profiles people who are awarding him some kind of merit.
- The Word
- The most frequently recurring segment, Stephen tells it like it is on a subject with bullet points clarifying what he says in a column to the right of the screen.