Jon Stewart has the Moment of Zen, but Stephen Colbert ends his show differently every night. That gives him the opportunity for a little more flexibility.
Sometimes, he’ll end the show with the help of a guest, as when Jason Segel visited last week:
So last night’s viewers might rightly be wondering why in the world Colbert interviewed Viggo Mortensen but — rather than asking him to stick around for sign-off, Jason Segel-style — signed off using a miniature vomit green-colored portrait of the Lord of the Rings actor instead:
Lucky for you, I wouldn’t have invited you in unless I had answers (I almost always do): that right there is no ordinary portrait of Viggo Mortensen.
That is *drumroll please* a one-of-a-kind portrait of Aragorn made entirely out of chocolate (including the stand). Colbert purchased the item on Ebay to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the internet for $120.04, way back in November of 2005. For those of you counting at home, that was Episode 17 of his show.
Colbert’s ebay username, for the record: MyPrecious55. (He was born in 1964, so I have no idea.)
Since Colbert won’t be around (the Report) to celebrate the 25th anniversary one year two months hence, I guess he decided this was as good a time as any to bust it out. My only regret is that he didn’t force Viggo to eat his own face on air.
The more you know.