Video: All-Star Chorus Serenades Stephen Colbert as He Hitches a Ride With Santa


Were you invited?  It appears as if nearly everyone else was. A host of people showed up on last night's final episode of The Colbert Report to serenade Stephen Colbert off into the sunset. But Colbert will have little rest; he takes over CBS's Late Show in 2015, when David Letterman retires.

For starters, Randy Newman was on the piano (top that!), playing the World War II-era chestnut "We'll Meet Again." And then an all-star chorus appeared:

Bryan Cranston, Willie Nelson, Tom Brokaw, Mandy Patinkin, Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Keith Olbermann, Big Bird, Ric Ocasek, Katie Couric, James Franco, Cookie Monster, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Barry Manilow, Patrick Stewart, George Lucas, Bob Costas. In a wink to film buffs, "We'll Meet Again" was also the theme that played over the credits of Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, just as the U.S. drops an atom bomb. 

At the very end of the show as Colbert ponders his future, he is greeted by Santa Claus, Abraham Lincoln and Alex Trebek. Ultimately, Colbert hops into Santa's sleigh and flies away.