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All the cameos in Stephen Colbert's musical finale — in gif form

Bill Clinton on the last episode of The Colbert Report
Bill Clinton on the last episode of The Colbert Report
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Stephen Colbert wrapped up The Colbert Report in the grandest fashion: a musical number. It wasn't just any musical number, it involved politicians, celebrities, scientists, dragons, and even Bill Clinton. Like a Russian nesting doll, each shot revealed more and more celebrities.

It began with Jon Stewart:

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Then, Willie Nelson and company joined in:

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At this point, you got the feeling that this was going to be big. And then Mandy Patinkin, Tom Brokaw, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and friends showed up:

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This is Keith Olbermann, Cyndi Lauper, Big Bird and Colbert's lawyer:

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Gloria Steinem seemed camera-shy (compared to Katie Couric and Andrew Sullivan):

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And Samantha Power is an enthusiastic dancer:

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And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar:

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OMG. Barry Manilow:

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This was a big moment for Andy Cohen:

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So, at this point it felt like everyone but you was invited to the finale. And then Arianna Huffington showed up:

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We see you Cory Booker (and you too George Lucas):

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Elijah Wood was a bit more difficult to spot:

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And then we got to what appears to be the people that make this magic happen:

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As well as Pussy Riot

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And ... Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan?!

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Servicemen and women in Afghanistan:

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Bill Clinton got a solo shot:

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As did this astronaut:

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And JJ Abrams too:

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Oh, and there's no forgetting Smaug:

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There are, again, literally so many people at this finale:

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So Paul Krugman, Dan Savage, David Remnick, Matt Taibbi, and Tom Friedman walk into a bar:

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And one final shot:

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Don't you want to watch that number again?

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