Better Know a District

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Colbert with Congressman Vic Snyder (D-Arkansas), whose district became "Better Known" on February 15, 2007

Better Know a District (also known as BKAD) was a recurring segment on The Colbert Report. It offered a humorous examination of a different United States congressional district in each segment and generally included an interview with that district's member of Congress.


Each segment began with basic information about a specific district, such as history and geography, and sometimes a humorously bizarre event that happened there. The district is also almost invariably referred to as "fightin'," as in the "Fightin' 11th." All segments featured an interview with its representative.

One comedic maneuver that Colbert commonly employed in these interviews, particularly when he interviewed Democrats, was to ask the representative a loaded question of either "George W. Bush: great president, or the greatest president?", or "the Iraq War: great war, or the greatest war?" When the interviewee tried to express their disapproval of Bush, Colbert usually stated that the only choice was between "Great or Greatest," and nearly always stated, "I'm gonna put you down for 'Great'." (He often referred to previous Democratic representatives whom he put down as saying Bush was a 'great' president.)

After the interview, Colbert added the segment to "the big board", a map of the entire United States with district lines drawn; the new district, shown in sparkling gold on a blue background, was usually very difficult or impossible to see due to its small size. Though many districts were profiled, the map always looked largely vacant overall.

Reactions of interviewees[edit]

Although the interviews intentionally showed most of the representatives in an unflattering light, the representatives' post-interview reactions have varied. Colbert's interview with Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank resulted in Frank lambasting the program (he was quoted on a later Report),[1][need quotation to verify] while the interview with Virginia Representative Jim Moran pleased the congressman — he told The New York Times that he thought Colbert "let (him) off kind of light."[2]

California Representative Brad Sherman appeared to be in on the joke.[3] He claimed not to know that his San Fernando Valley district was home to the pornography industry, gave an apparently long and dull explanation of a tax proposal, and participated in the making of a "pornographic video" with Colbert and impersonated a robot.

The Washington Times published a story on the show stating that "several lawmakers said doing the spoof spot on 'The Colbert Report' on TV's Comedy Central actually has raised their profiles back home";[4] however, the Los Angeles Times has reported that due to the fact that many House members have "stumbled badly" during this segment, others are not risking "the price for looking stupid" and were passing up the opportunity to be on Colbert's Better Know A District.[5]

On his November 7, 2006 show, Colbert lauded the fact that every one of the 28 actual congressmen whom he had interviewed by that point won election or reelection, which he claims to have been because they were given the "Colbert Bump".

Because of the way Colbert intentionally tried to skewer congressmen in his interviews, former Democratic Caucus chairman Rahm Emanuel advised his fellow Democrats not to appear on the show,[6] causing Colbert to make fun of Emanuel's advice on the show. Better Know a District segments subsequently began appearing much less frequently on the Report, suggesting many in Congress took Emanuel's advice. In January 2009, Colbert received what he jocularly claimed was a letter from U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi and said he was cleared to begin interviewing congressmen once again. However he began the 2009 season of Better Know A District by interviewing Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz instead of a Democratic congressman.

Following the 2010 congressional election on November 2, 2010, for the first time since the show began, a congressman who appeared on the Colbert Report's Better Know a District segment was not reelected in a general election (in fact, several). On November 3, 2010, Colbert ran a segment showing clips of those fallen friends called "We Hardly Better Knew Ye".[7]

District count[edit]

A map of all U.S. congressional districts covered in Better Know a District as of April 2013.
  Better Know a District
  Even Better-er Know a District (districts featured twice)
  Better Know a Protectorate (unincorporated territories)
  Never Existed to Me

Better Know a District began as a "435-part series," 435 being the number of United States congressional districts; however, on November 29, 2005, Colbert banned California's 50th district after his "friend" Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the 50th's representative, pled guilty to receiving over $2 million in bribes and resigned his seat. California's 50th is now the lone member of the "Never Existed to Me" category, and the map showing the United States' congressional districts now looks as if the district does not even exist. This brought the series to a "434-part series". After this, Texas's 22nd congressional district was retired on April 4, 2006 when Tom DeLay announced that he planned to leave Congress. Texas's 22nd was reinstated on June 8, 2006, with a fake interview in which video of DeLay in three previous interviews on other television networks was interspersed with questions from Colbert. The district was put back into retirement at the end of the segment.

In the show's first year, 34 districts were profiled.

The original district map lacked Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. During a phone-in segment, a resident of Michigan’s 1st, which includes all of the Upper Peninsula as well as a sizable portion of the northern Lower Peninsula, reported this absence. Colbert informed the caller that he lived in Canada and if it was not on Colbert’s map, it was not a part of the United States. The Upper Peninsula was added to the map the next time it was shown.

During the interview with Eleanor Holmes Norton, Colbert established that the District of Columbia was not a state, and thus the District of Columbia was not a part of the United States. The Better Know a District map was updated with an asterisk notation to reflect this fact. Furthermore, the count of 435 districts does not include non-voting districts, such as the District of Columbia; however, this segment was included in the district count, filling in for California's 50th district's absence, restoring the total to 435.

After the 2006 midterm elections, Colbert was invited to a meeting of the incoming House freshmen at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. During this encounter, he brought his total of "better-known districts" from 36 up to 51 (including a British parliamentary constituency); however, he did not count these as installments, and the count picked up at 37 with the next regular installment. The show aired on December 12, 2006.

After completing the fourth installment on November 9, 2005, he quipped “At the rate of one district a week, we should complete the series by February 2014.” However, in February 2014 he was only on the 87th of 434 districts, leaving him 20% complete after 8.5 years. That rate would place the series completion date in April 2048, had the show not ended.

List of districts "Better Known"[edit]

The districts covered in "Better Know a District" are shown below. Segment numbers are listed starting with the 37th installment as they no longer correspond to the actual number of districts profiled. The Washington Post has reprinted transcripts from segments of "Better Know a District".[8]

Season 1 (2005)[edit]

# District Guest Date aired Notes
1 Georgia - 1 Jack Kingston (R) October 18
2 Massachusetts - 4 Barney Frank (D) October 27
3 Ohio - 11 Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D) November 3 Included "Judge Tubbs," a fake judicial show; Tubbs Jones, a former judge, said she always wanted to have her own courtroom show. This segment was shown again when Jones died in 2008.
4 Florida - 7 John Mica (R) November 9
5 Colorado - 2 Mark Udall (D) November 16
6 Michigan - 13 Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D) November 30
7 Virginia - 8 Jim Moran (D) December 6 Virginia's 11th congressional district is highlighted on map
8 New York - 11 Major Owens (D) December 15

Season 2 (2006)[edit]

# District Guest Date aired Notes
9 New Jersey - 9 Steve Rothman (D) January 12
10 New York - 17 Eliot L. Engel (D) January 19 Reintroduced in "Better Know A Memory"
11 New Jersey - 8 Bill Pascrell (D) January 25
12 New York - 8 Jerrold Nadler (D) February 2
13 Pennsylvania - 2 Chaka Fattah (D) February 8
14 New Jersey - 13 none February 21 Bob Menendez (D) had resigned after being appointed to the Senate, so the seat was vacant at the time. The Clerk of the House, Karen L. Haas, who was responsible for official business in the district at the time refused to talk to the show.
15 California - 39 Linda Sánchez (D) March 9
16 California - 27 Brad Sherman (D) March 22 Reintroduced in "Better Know a Memory"
17 California - 29 Adam Schiff (D) March 29
18 Oregon - 5 Darlene Hooley (D) April 6
19 Maryland - 4 Albert Wynn (D) April 20
20 Georgia - 11 Phil Gingrey (R) April 26 First interview to receive an extension via "Betterer Know A District"
21 Oregon - 3 Earl Blumenauer (D) May 4
22 Nebraska - 2 Lee Terry (R) May 10
23 Texas - 22 Tom DeLay (R) June 8 An interview pieced together from video clips taken out of context. Later he would have an ordinary interview with Stephen.
24 Georgia - 8 Lynn Westmoreland (R) June 14 Asked if he could name the Ten Commandments, but the episode aired with him only being able to name three. His press secretary says that he named seven, but that four of them were edited out. Reintroduced in "Better Know a Memory."
25 Colorado - 1 Diana DeGette (D) June 22
26 Washington - 2 Rick Larsen (D) July 12
27 Florida - 19 Robert Wexler (D) July 20 Reappeared on the show on November 7, but was more careful with what he said. He was reintroduced in "Better Know a Memory" the following day.
28 District of Columbia Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) July 27 Reappeared on the show on November 7, 2006, March 22 and April 24, 2007, February 12, 2008 and February 11, 2009.
29 California - 6 Lynn Woolsey (D) August 10 Prompted "Stephen Colbert's Green Screen Challenge"
30 California - 31 Xavier Becerra (D) August 17
31 New Jersey - 3 Rich Sexton (D) September 12 Representative Jim Saxton declined to be on the show, so Colbert interviewed his challenger instead (defeated).
32 New Jersey - 5 Paul Aronsohn (D) September 21 Representative Scott Garrett declined to be on the show, so Colbert interviewed his challenger instead (defeated).
33 Florida - 16 Mark Foley (R) October 5 Colbert did not actually interview Mark Foley, but instead supposedly sent the former representative an SMS/IM (a reference to the scandal that forced Foley to resign his seat).
34 New Jersey - 4 Carol Gay (D) October 12 Representative Chris Smith declined to be on the show, so Colbert interviewed his challenger instead (defeated).
35 New York - 19 John Hall (D) October 19 Representative Sue W. Kelly declined to be on the show, so Colbert interviewed her challenger instead. John Hall subsequently won his race with 51%,[9] the only interviewed challenger from '06 to do so. He reappeared on the show the next day (November 8), and because he is a former pop star, sang the national anthem along with Stephen.
36 California - 30 David Nelson Jones (R) November 1 Representative Henry Waxman declined to be on the show, so Colbert interviewed his challenger instead (defeated).
37 Ohio - 18 Zack Space (D) December 12 Returns for a full segment on February 7, 2007
38 Pennsylvania - 8 Patrick Murphy (D)
39 California - 11 Jerry McNerney (D)
40 Vermont - AL Peter Welch (D) "I get to light up an entire state?"
41 New Hampshire - 2 Paul Hodes (D)
42 Kentucky - 3 John Yarmuth (D) "John Yarmuth... I knew that." Returns for a full segment on March 8, 2007.
43 Shrewsbury and Atcham Daniel Kawczynski (Conservative) First British House of Commons member to be counted
44 New Hampshire - 1 Carol Shea-Porter (D)
45 Kansas - 2 Nancy Boyda (D) "You're better known."
46 Pennsylvania - 10 Chris Carney (D) "Better known." Returns for a full segment in 2007.
47 Illinois - 17 Phil Hare (D) "Consider yourself better known." Returns for a full segment on March 15, 2007.
48 Pennsylvania - 4 Jason Altmire (D) "Better known." Returns for a full segment on January 24, 2007.
49 Iowa - 2 David Loebsack (D) "Consider yourself better known."
50 Minnesota - 1 Tim Walz (D) "Err, Uh. I just better knew you. 'kay, he's better known."
51 Hawaii - 2 Mazie Hirono (D) Used "tap and run" approach to better-know. Now junior United States senator from Hawaii.

Season 3 (2007)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
52 Washington - 3 Brian Baird (D) 37th January 17 Interviewed by Colbert with the use of a sock puppet and a sausage.
48 Pennsylvania - 4 Jason Altmire (D) 38th January 24 Defeated by Colbert in a game of paper football. First congressman from December 12, 2006 segment to return for a profile.
53 New York - 6 Gregory W. Meeks (D) 39th January 31 Features Colbert as "Fidel Castro."
"Let me ask you this: Speaker Pelosi, disgrace to the office or the greatest disgrace to office?"
37 Ohio - 18 Zack Space (D) 40th February 7 Second congressman from December 12, 2006 segment to return for a profile.
54 Arkansas - 2 Vic Snyder (D) 41st February 15 "Oh, so THAT'S where Arkansas is."
55 Tennessee - 9 Steve Cohen (D) 42nd March 1 "Thank you for taking time out from being a black woman to talk with me."
42 Kentucky - 3 John Yarmuth (D) 43rd March 8 A debate over the subject of "throwing kittens through a woodchipper." Third congressman from December 12, 2006 segment to return for a profile.
47 Illinois - 17 Phil Hare (D) 44th March 15 "It was wrong to break the law to get people out of slavery - that's what you just said." Fourth congressman from December 12, 2006 segment to return for a profile.
56 New York - 22 Maurice Hinchey (D) 45th March 21 Has "brown acid-induced hallucinations" of Colbert with a horse's head.
57 Virginia - 11 Tom Davis (R) 46th May 3 Includes a clip of Eleanor Holmes Norton concerning her relationship with Davis. Virginia's 11th is given a "#1 Ribbon" for being the wealthiest of the 435 districts.
58 Arizona - 7 Raúl Grijalva (D) 47th May 24 "You are of Mexican descent. As a congressman, do you believe that you are doing a job that Americans don't want to do?". Debated over border control; asked Grijalva how much he charges for mustache rides.
59 Illinois - 9 Jan Schakowsky (D) 48th June 4 "You are a Democrat, and therefore you are liberal. Are you high right now?" Interview "conducted" with clips from Schakowsky's appearance on the show five minutes earlier.
60 Washington - 9 Adam Smith (D) 49th June 7 "Have you ever supported NAMBLA?" Colbert attempts to eat two hamburgers. The existence of shrink-rays was never confirmed nor denied.

Season 4 (2008)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
61 South Carolina - 4 Bob Inglis (R) 50th January 30
62 Pennsylvania - 7 Joe Sestak (D) 51st April 22
63 New York - 14 Carolyn B. Maloney (D) 52nd July 29

Season 5 (2009)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
64 Utah - 3 Jason Chaffetz (R) 53rd January 6 Stephen shows his gun called Sweetness to Chaffetz. Ends interview with a leg wrestle that Stephen wins.
65 Wyoming - AL Cynthia Lummis (R) 54th March 9 The Fightin' Larges!
66 New York - 25 Dan Maffei (D) 55th April 7 Features "evil twins" of Colbert and Maffei wearing goatees in the style of "evil Spock" in the Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror. Colbert prompts Maffei's "evil twin" with statements about cocaine and prostitutes, similar to Robert Wexler's 2006 interview. Maffei, at Colbert's prompting to "look cool", attempts to shotgun a beer. At the end of the interview, Maffei and Colbert exchange the Vulcan salute.
67 Illinois - 18 Aaron Schock (R) 56th April 15
68 Maine - 1 Chellie Pingree (D) 57th August 10
69 Colorado - 2 Jared Polis (D) 58th August 17 Called "Even Better-er Know a District," Colorado's 2nd district on Stephen's map is now green
70 Delaware - AL Mike Castle (R) 59th November 9
71 California - 12 Jackie Speier (D) 60th November 17 Stephen stages a YouTube video which involves him and various members of Congress skating through the halls in the US House of Representatives.

Season 6 (2010)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
72 Illinois - 5 Michael Quigley (D) 61st February 10
73 Vancouver South Ujjal Dosanjh (Liberal) 62nd February 22 "Better Know a Riding" - First Member of Canadian Parliament to be interviewed.

Season 7 (2011)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
74 New York - 9 Yvette Clarke (D) 63rd March 9 Stated that the Dutch held slaves in Brooklyn in 1898.
75 California - 10 John Garamendi (D) 64th June 8

Season 8 (2012)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
76 California - 8 Minority Leader
Nancy Pelosi
65th February 22 Agreed to encourage other House Democrats to appear in future installments of BKAD in exchange for Colbert's support of the DISCLOSE Act.
77 Missouri - 3 Russ Carnahan (D) 66th August 2
78 Minnesota - 5 Keith Ellison (D) 67th August 9
79 New York - 11 Yvette Clarke (D) 68th September 4

Season 9 (2013)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
80 Pennsylvania - 17 Matt Cartwright (D) 69th April 25 Cartwright "taught" Colbert to ride a bike.
81 Maryland - 4 Donna Edwards (D) 70th May 7 Colbert pretends to be an old lady constituent of Edwards who is upset at Obama for proposing cuts in Social Security. Maryland's 4th was featured twice, although with different representatives serving terms at the time of the features.
82 Wisconsin - 4 Gwen Moore (D) 71st May 15
83 Wisconsin - 2 Mark Pocan (D) 72nd June 4
84 New Jersey - 12 Rush D. Holt, Jr. (D) 73rd August 12
85 Michigan - 5 Dan Kildee (D) 74th September 3
86 Washington - 7 Jim McDermott (D) 75th September 12

Season 10 (2014)[edit]

# District Guest Installment Date aired Notes
87 North Carolina - 1 G. K. Butterfield (D) 76th March 24 Colbert initially sees Butterfield, who self-identifies as Black, as Caucasian. Colbert challenges Butterfield to distinguish between North Carolina and South Carolina BBQ.
88 California - 29 Tony Cárdenas (D) 77th April 22 Colbert meets with Cárdenas, but mainly asks questions about the district's porn industry.
89 Virginia - 3 Bobby Scott (D) 78th May 5 Colbert talks to Scott about government jobs, as the government is a major employer in Scott's district, and about rhymes in making crime fighting policy.
90 Ohio - 11 Marcia Fudge (D) 79th August 26 Colbert talks with Fudge about the many things Cleveland has to offer, and sings her a rendition of his hit "Charlene (I'm Right Behind You)". He also challenges Fudge to a high-stakes fencing match.
91 California - 2 Jared Huffman (D) 80th September 23
92 Illinois - 8 Tammy Duckworth (D) 81st October 8
93 California - 13 Barbara Lee (D) 82nd November 5
94 Georgia - 1 Jack Kingston (R) 83rd (and final) December 9 The final Better Know a District report, where Colbert re-interviews Jack Kingston, representative from the Georgia 1st district, as a tribute to his very first Better Know a District interview. Colbert and Representative Kingston participate in inane tasks around Washington DC, before being stopped and then joined by House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi. Colbert ends the segment with filling in all of the districts on the Better Know a District map, and is astonished when it turns out to be a map of the 48 Contiguous United States and Hawaii. Alaska is missing from the map.


Better Know a Challenger[edit]

In the months leading up to the 2006 congressional elections, Colbert interviewed the challengers in several House races. On several occasions he made clear that the challenger was interviewed because the incumbent declined to appear. However this was not always definitively the case. In these cases, the segment is known as "Better Know a Challenger," with different intro graphics.

After the segment, the district was colored on the "Better Know a District" map in goldenrod instead of amber, which is said to be the color all other districts are filled in with. It was upgraded to amber if the challenger won the 2006 election, or downgraded to cadmium yellow if they lost. Of course, it is nearly impossible to see the distinction between these shades on the map. Of the five challengers interviewed, only John Hall defeated an incumbent.

In the instance of New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, Colbert frequently referred to challenger Rich Sexton as representative Jim Saxton, a joke on the similarity of their names.

On May 8, 2014 Colbert resurrected the segment, interviewing Jack Rush who ran in the Florida 3rd district against incumbent Ted Yoho. In the interview, Colbert pretended that guns are people. Colbert also treated characters that Rush played in the past as real people.[10]

Better Know a Protectorate[edit]

On March 16, 2006, Colbert introduced a four-part series entitled "Better Know a Protectorate", focusing on the protectorates (more correctly, unincorporated territories) of the United States (which send non-voting delegates to Congress). The formula is relatively the same as with "Better Know a District." Distinctive elements include Colbert attacking the member for their (non-)voting record, and feigning cultural ignorance. For the first segment, the same "Big Board" as BKAD was used, but was discontinued with the airing of the second segment. The United States Virgin Islands ("the fightin' virgins") was the protectorate that was covered and its delegate, Donna Christian-Christensen, was interviewed.

On April 26, 2007, Guam ("the fightin' Guam") was covered, including an interview with Madeleine Bordallo. A global map was used to produce the "Big Board", given Guam's distance from the continental United States. On August 7, 2007, American Samoa was featured ("the fightin' Samoa") and an interview with Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr. was shown.

The remaining protectorate is presumably Puerto Rico which has not been featured (the Northern Mariana Islands did not have a non-voting member as of the start of the series, although they received a seat after the 2008 elections).

Better Know a Founder[edit]

On March 1, 2006, Colbert introduced the "56-part" Better Know a Founder, an in-depth look at the signers of the Declaration of Independence. For this series John Trumbull's painting of The Declaration of Independence is used as the template for the "Big Board".

Using the same formula as Better Know a District, Colbert's first subject in the series was a spotlight of an interview with "Battlin'" Ben Franklin; the actor Ralph Archbold portrayed Franklin for the interview, with both he and Colbert wearing period clothing. Most of the hallmarks of the original segment remained, either in an altered form (e.g., King George: Great king, or the greatest king?) or unchanged (e.g., Colbert anachronistically asks Franklin if he had taken money from Jack Abramoff).

On November 15, 2006, the second installment of BKAF featured three actors portraying President Thomas Jefferson in an America's Next Top Model style segment, America's Top Jefferson, with Project Runway mentor and producer Tim Gunn making an appearance.

Better Know a President[edit]

On May 17, 2006, Colbert introduced Better Know a President, a 43-part series that would refresh the viewer's memory of the accomplishments of every president in United States history. The first president covered was Theodore Roosevelt, played by Roosevelt impersonator Jim Foote. In keeping with the running gags of the segment, he asked Roosevelt if the Spanish–American War was merely a great war of American imperialism, or the greatest war of American imperialism. The second covered was Thomas Jefferson. Colbert talked to three different Jefferson impersonators, and judged which was the best.

Meet an Ally[edit]

On August 3, 2006 Stephen began the first segment in a series entitled "Meet an Ally" in which he examines nations part of the "Coalition of the Willing". He began the series by interviewing the ambassador of Palau, Stuart Beck.

Betterer Know a District[edit]

When Colbert shows an extended segment of an interview at a later date, he calls the segment "Betterer Know a District".

Better Know a Memory[edit]

On November 8, 2006, some representatives who were profiled in Better Know a District and had since been re-elected in the previous day's election were reintroduced in a short segment that immediately preceded the commercial breaks. A humorous clip from the BKAD interview would be shown and the words "RETURNED TO CONGRESS" would be rubber stamped onto the still image of the representative. The subjects reintroduced were Eliot L. Engel, Brad Sherman, Lynn Westmoreland, and Robert Wexler.

Better Know a Governor[edit]

On January 21, 2008, after the Republican South Carolina Primary, Colbert interviewed Governor Mark Sanford as the easiest way to learn about all of South Carolinians.

Better Know a Lobby[edit]

On February 6, 2008, Colbert began what he called an "Infinite-long" segment called "Better Know a Lobbyist," where he interviews lobbyists. His first interview was with Joe Solmonese of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization. This was a two-part interview, with the second half being broadcast on February 7. On March 12, 2008, it changed to "Better Know a Lobby" and became a 35,000-part-long segment. The second interview was with Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, a lobby demanding the legalization of drugs. His third interview was with Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign, a gun control lobby.

Better Know a Beatle[edit]

On January 28, 2009, Colbert began what he called the first of a four-part series "Better Know a Beatle", where Colbert intends to interview all of the Beatles starting with his interview with Paul McCartney, bass player, singer-songwriter of the Beatles. Colbert introduced Paul McCartney as "The Fightin' Walrus", a reference to two Beatle songs: "I Am the Walrus" and "Glass Onion".

Better Know a Cradle of Civilization[edit]

During his trip to Iraq, Colbert began his one-part series, Better Know a Cradle of Civilization, during which he explained the history of Iraq.

Better Know a Stephen[edit]

On December 16, 2009, Colbert began a new segment in which he interviews other prominent men named Stephen (specifically spelled with a "ph"). He started off by interviewing Stephen King.

Better Know a Riding[edit]

On February 22, 2010, Colbert began his one-part series, Better Know a Riding, during his coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics. The featured riding (a riding is an electoral district in Canada) was Vancouver South, represented by Ujjal Dosanjh.

Better Know a Kissinger[edit]

One part series on Henry Kissinger prior to Colbert's interview of Henry Kissinger.

Better Know a Salinger[edit]

During the second edition of c'O'lbert Book Club, centered around J.D. Salinger, Colbert profiled the author in 'part one of my one-part series, Better Know a Salinger'. The first and only issue was based on the Fighting J.D.

Better Know a Hemingway[edit]

Third edition of Colbert Book Club features this "part one of a one-part series".

Better Know a America[edit]

On December 8, 2014, while hosting the show in Washington DC, Colbert debuted another one-part series, Better Know a America [sic].


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  2. ^ "Laugh, and the Voters Laugh With You, or at Least at You", The New York Times, Week in Review p.1, Feb. 26, 2006.
  3. ^ Stephen Colbert's Bipartisan Outreach Effort Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine at
  4. ^ Politicians relish comic's needling The Washington Times
  5. ^ Puzzanghera, Jim (2006-10-22). "Los Angeles Times". Running for office? Better run from Colbert. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2006-10-23.
  6. ^ 'Colbert Report' is lawmakers' Siren, United Press International, Mar. 15, 2007
  7. ^ We Hardly Better Knew Ye at
  8. ^ "The Colbert Rapport". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2019-01-11.
  9. ^ New York's 19th Congressional District election results
  10. ^ Kaufman, Scott (May 9, 2014). "Colbert mocks Tea Party candidate Jack Rush and his vampire alter-ego, 'Chazz Darling'".