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In such a serious era, it's healthy to have some comedy just to take off the edge. When political corruption and watered down news coverage becomes almost laughable, it seems only appropriate for comedians to dissect the issues. With the absence of brilliant comedians, such as Dave Chappelle, the void for relevant humorous commentary seems at an all-time high. But some have been holding it down.

With the exception of Bill Maher and Jon Stewart, the only other consistently funny political muckraker is Stephen Colbert. Last Sunday, he added a Grammy to his list of achievements for his soundtrack to the holiday special, "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift Of All". With a career that spans over 20 years, there's a staggering amount of material from the South Carolina native. But in honor of his latest award, here are some of his greatest moments...

Second City Chicago "Business Naptime" (1990)
• After graduating from Northwestern University, Colbert joined some other young comedic heavyweights - including Steve Carell and Tina Fey - at the improvisational Second City Chicago troupe. Here's a grainy clip of one of the brief sketches that is reminiscent of the epic television series, The Office.

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News Correspondent On The Dana Carvey Show, (1996)
• Colbert had a run on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show where he developed 'The Ambiguously Gay Duo' that would later appear on SNL. In this clip, he sets off his infamous role as the absurd news anchor with help from the late Isaac Hayes.

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Raps On Whose Line Is It Anyway (1998)
• In what is one of Colbert's more cringe-worthy but hilarious moments, he spits off the top of the dome along side Wayne Brady, a comedian who would later appear on The Chappelle Show. It's not the last time Colbert spit bars.

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London Correspondent On The Daily Show (2005)
• Following a brief stint on the show Strangers With Candy he landed a high profile gig as the arrogant correspondent on Jon Stewart's wildly successful The Daily Show. His performance led to the only Daily Show spin-off, as it was clear that Colbert had a keen talent for political humor.

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Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy

The Colbert Report Interview With Eleanor Holmes Norton (2006)
• Washington D.C.'s Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, went back and forth with Colbert in one of the show's funniest early interviews. Although Norton wasn't exactly aware that Colbert was acting, she held her own while sparring with his facetious probing.

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Roasts Bush At White House Correspondent's Dinner (2006)
• In a testament to Colbert's character, the GOP unwittingly hired him as the guest speaker at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, thinking that he was genuinely a right-wing comic. Embracing this opportunity of a lifetime, Colbert masterfully dug into the entire corrupt D.C. political scene in what was one of the greatest pieces of performance art in history.

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Presents Emmy With Jon Stewart (2006)
• Although Colbert had won three Emmy's as a writer on The Daily Show, his roasting of President Bush solidified his comedic fame. In one of the funnier Emmy moments, he joins Jon Stewart in mocking the scripted teleprompter remarks given to presenters.

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Appears On The O'Reilly Factor (2007)
• If there was one TV personality who Colbert imitated, it was clearly Bill O'Reilly. After repeatedly mocking the FOX anchor, the "French sounding" Colbert accepted an invitation to the belly of the beast. Like many of his political rivals, O'Reilly clumsily tried to derail Colbert's character, but to no avail.

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Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Economy

Gives Mike Huckabee 'The Colbert Bump' (2007)
• In the 2007 primaries, Colbert had a habit of playing out the GOP candidates to the satisfaction of his audience. Acting as a self-centered egomaniac, Colbert takes credit for Mike Huckabee's success after the former Arkansas Governor appeared on the Colbert Show twice. While trying to be funny, Huckabee exposes himself as sort of an ignorant fella: "We once were people and now we're turning into monkeys". Huh?

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Interviews Snoop Dogg (2009)
• As The Colbert Show gained in popularity, it became a necessary stop for entertainers on their promo run. Despite the awkward script reading at the end, Tha Doggfather provides one of the funnier interviews of the season.

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Wins A Grammy (2010)
• A coming along way from his days with Second City Chicago, Colbert not only hosted the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, but also took home a trophy. Now that's no joke. .

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