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It's felt a little off to go through election season without the Colbert Report on the air, but Stephen Colbert has been doing his best to fill the gap left by himself as the host of The Late Show on CBS. But with President Obama about to leave office, Colbert felt that he alone simply wasn't up to the task of summarizing eight years worth of history in five minutes. No, you'd have to be a "delusional egomaniac" to try something like that, but Colbert knows just the maniac for the job...or at least he knows his cousin.
Due to legal reasons, the Stephen Colbert who hosted the Colbert Report on Comedy Central can not show his face on CBS, so we have to rely on a man who happens to have a similar face: Stephen Colbert. The identical cousin of the Colbert Report host, Stephen "Got It In Me" Colbert reported "live via satellite" from the cabin he shares with Jon Stewart on Mount Justice. Colbert was anxious to share his thoughts of President Obama's tenure in the White House, since Obama was a "worthy adversary," and Colbert was happy to agree with the opposite of everything the president said.
Colbert took to the stage with elven sword and Captain America's shield in hand, sending the audience (and one really excited guy heard shouting over everyone else) into a chorus of applause. Using the format of classic Colbert Report desk piece "The Word" (now changed to "The Werd"), Colbert went into his monologue with the classic contradictory sidebar. However, even the conservative Colbert couldn't keep it together towards the end, not really knowing what he was going to do with himself now that he didn't have Obama to disagree with anymore. Could he stay for just a little bit longer? Or at "least leave Joe Biden?"
The real life host has to settle for Colbert's "cousin" due to Comedy Central owning the intellectual rights to the character, despite the late night funnyman having played said character for 10 years. Colbert briefly resurrected his creation in full during the summer to talk about the election. That bit earned him a warning from a corporate lawyer of "another company" saying that he couldn't use the character. This eventually resulted in the identical twin cousin whose only visible difference from his cousin is his Ashley Olsen birthmark (the other Colbert has Mary-Kate). Colbert has brought in the cousin a few times since then, mostly to share his views on the 2016 election, but now we might never see him again. Thanks, Obama.
It might be harder to find the conservative Stephen Colbert nowadays, but you can always catch the real-life Stephen Colbert when he hosts The Late Show with Steven Colbert, airing weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST on CBS.