Stephen Colbert’s run as the bloviating host of The Colbert Report comes to an end tonight. While Colbert himself isn’t disappearing — quite the contrary — the conservative alter ego that has provided nine years of wickedly-sharp political satire is.
Over the course of 1,447 episodes, few subjects escaped Colbert’s comedic gaze, and the state of Mississippi is no exception. Most of these bits were built upon familiar stereotypes, but Colbert often found clever ways to poke fun at our state and its leaders while, in equal measure, lampooning the condescending tone that many national figures use when talking to or about us. That made it hard not to laugh even when he hit close to home. Enjoy six of my favorites:
1. Republicans’ Southern Strategy
That’s not just the Deep South. That’s the Dipped-In-Batter-And-Deep-Fat-Fried South.
2. Gun Control and State Sovereignty
And nobody… but nobody… out-stupids Mississippi.
3. Thad Cochran on Doing Indecent Things with Animals
All my life I have dealt with hateful stereotypes about Southerners. But now Senator Cochran has stepped up and shown the world a positive image of Southerners: we are intelligent, caring people, who also f**k animals.
4. Ricin Letters
This is a fast-moving story, and there’s still a lot we don’t know. For instance, there’s a Senator Roger Wicker?
5. Thad Cochran’s Primary Victory
That’s incredibly selfish. Doesn’t Thad Cochran know there’s no “I” in Mississippi?
6. Eleanor Holmes Norton on Freedom Summer
Was it worth all that effort and all that suffering to see that expression on Mitch McConnell and John Boehner’s face when they sang [“We Shall Overcome”]?