The final 15 minutes of “The Colbert Report” Thursday night was wonderful.
If you missed it, you can catch a Comedy Central rerun at 5:45 p.m. today or go to the Comedy Central website to replay the episode.
It may have been as wonderful as the end of the any TV series I have seen in the past decade.
It was even more wonderful than the pistachio nuts that Stephen Colbert has been selling in commercials for some time.
It certainly was wonderful for trivia fans.
A great trivia game could be played today: Name all the famous people who came on stage and sang “We’ll Meet Again” with Colbert in a priceless way to almost end the show before Colbert briefly turned serious. Well, about as serious as Colbert can be.
One more thing: Watch the closing credits, which include an apology to a famous historian.
There are some critics who doubt that Colbert can make the transition from playing a fake character to just being himself when he takes over CBS’ “Late Show” from David Letterman several months down the road.
I am not one of the doubters. The cleverness of Thursday’s finale is one more example of why I think Colbert will be a knockout for CBS.