A skipping Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) and a wheelie-popping Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) helped send Stephen Colbert’s “Better Know a District” segment into the television sunset on Tuesday night.
The long-running feature on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” came to an end after profiling dozens of lawmakers.
“Over the years, folks, I’ve interviewed only 81 members of Congress,” Colbert told his audience. “But, still, 81 out of 434 is pretty good, because I think that is every remaining Democrat.”
The faux news host said he wanted to check in with Kingston, the first member featured on “Better Know a District” back in 2005 who “introduced me to the world of Congress.” Colbert, who takes over for David Letterman on CBS’s “The Late Show” next year, asked Kingston, “This is your last year in Congress and my last season on this show. I’m leaving my show because I won television. Did you win Congress?”
“I tried to run for the Senate,” said Kingston — who is retiring after losing his party’s nomination to now-Sen.-elect David Perdue.
He added: “It did not go well.”
Colbert later declared that after 82 “Better Know a District” segments, “I’m tired of asking these questions.”
So, as Alice Cooper’s 1972 hit, “School’s Out,” plays in the background, Colbert and Kingston go on a playful rampage at the Capitol.
The pair is seen swiping a bust of Abraham Lincoln from Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R-Ill.) office, etching their initials into a marble balcony, skipping down a hallway while holding the animated bill from Schoolhouse Rock’s “Just a Bill” cartoon, placing a statue of Colbert in the Cannon House Office Building, and holding hands while twirling in the middle of Cannon’s rotunda as they let loose. (ITK documented their antics when the duo filmed the show’s segment back in October).
Finally, after fishing in the Capitol reflecting pool and riding a tandem bike together, the fun is momentarily halted…by a whistling Pelosi. After the House minority leader indicates to Colbert to snap on his helmet, the comedian complies and the shenanigans continue. A wheelie-popping “Pelosi” is then seen doing some impressive, gravity-defying stunts on her bicycle.
“Congress, thanks for the memories,” Colbert says as he rides off with Kingston, “It’s been great to know you a little bit better.”