15 real things the fake 'Stephen Colbert' has done

December 16, 2014 11:03 PM

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15 real things the fake 'Stephen Colbert' has done

It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to The Colbert Report this Thursday—mostly because it’ll mean saying goodbye to “Stephen Colbert,” the ruthlessly ignorant, hilariously pompous, utterly indelible faux conservative pundit that the real Stephen Colbert has been playing on late-night TV for over a decade (if you count the Daily Show years). “Colbert” isn’t a great creation just because of all the jokes he’s told and the absurdities he’s exposed via satire—he’s also a character for the ages because of the many ways he’s had an impact on the real world.

What kind of impact? Start with these 15 actual things accomplished by a fake man—and know that they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

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