Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Ten Best Stephen Colbert Musical Moments

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 9:01 AM

If there's one thing Stephen Colbert's good at, it's taking huge stories and events and finding a connection to his very favorite thing: Himself. Whether it's a pseudo political campaign, a feigned interest in art, an obsession with his visage on an ice cream pint or a birthday celebration for the big J.C., our second favorite Comedy Central news anchor/perpetual one-upper wants to be the star of everything. And when Colbert throws his hat into the ring, he plays to win -- he even has a Grammy under his belt.

This week, Colbert's dipping his toes in the music festival business with "Dr Pepper Presents StePhest Colbchella '11: Rock You Like A Thirst-icane." Basically, this week's episodes feature huge musical guests, starting with Bon Iver.

This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, as Colbert's been known to bust out some tunes (and moves) himself.To celebrate the "festival," A to Z compiled our 10 favorite Stephen Colbert musical moments.

10. Duet with Steve Carell for the Night of Too Many Stars It's always fun to watch Carell and Colbert together, but Jon Stewart is the icing on the funny dude cake.

9. "May I Interest You In Hannukah?" with Jon Stewart. Stewart timidly pimping Hannukah is precious enough, but the sweaters? Oh, the sweaters.

8. Strangers With Candy While he's known to show off his pipes, it's not every day that we get to see those moves, too.

7. Colbert helped Steve Carell salute Steve Carell. Finally -- an ego of equal proportion.

6. Singing "Cheap Reward" for Elvis Costello. When pal Elvis Costello showed up at the Colbert Report having lost his voice, Colbert sang for him. 5. Blown Away by the U.S.A. American flags and landmarks abound in this intentionally horrific display of patriotism.

4. Decemberists vs. Peter Frampton and Stephen Colbert in a "Shred Off." Always the competitor, Colbert challenged the Decemberists to a shredding duel. Alas, he's also always the cheater -- Peter Frampton came to his rescue.

3. Colbert singing "Friday" by Rebecca Black on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Pop culture implodes.

2. Dance off with Rain.
Stephen Colbert vs Rain - Dance Off by stephencolbert Now that's a Dance Dance Revolution.

1. The "Sell-Out Off" with the Black Keys and Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. The best part about Stephen Colbert is how friggin' lovable the guy is. He can get away with things that no one else could. A perfect example is the Sell-Out off. Who else could get "indie" artists to appear on their show and compete for the title of biggest sellout?

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