United States Representative Jack Kingston (Democrat of Georgia) fishing with Stephen Colbert at the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC on October 3, 2014.
As The Colbert Report winds to a close in its 10th season, we'd like to take some time to appreciate one of the show's best and funniest segments, "Better Know a District."
The bit, in which Stephen Colbert attempts to interview a representative from each of the 435 voting districts in the House of Representatives, began in Oct. 2005. It turned heads immediately — by 2006, then Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi felt the urge to tell reporters that she "Wouldn't recommend that anyone go on the show," unless they "want to be made a fool of."
To the world's benefit, they didn't listen.
Nine years later, Colbert released his 82nd and final segment, revisiting the first representative to appear on the segment, Georgia's Jack Kingston.
Between the years of leg wrestling, beer drinking and skateboarding through the halls of Congress, Colbert achieved his goal of making the government seem a little more silly and a lot more approachable.
10. New York's 14th, Carolyn Maloney
Colbert and Maloney argue over women's rights in this hilarious installment, during which the faux pundit begins to use a breast pump in an effort to prove a point.
Highlight: That awkward suction sound right at the end.
9. New York's 22nd, Maurice Hinchey
Colbert pushes Congressman Hinchey on his disapproval of the invasion of Iraq, while occasionally wearing a large brown horse head in an effort to trick Hinchey into believing he's on acid.
Highlight: Probably that Photoshop job of the guy trying to eat a "speedy sandwich" without first removing the kebab.
8. Massachusetts' 4th, Barney Frank
Watching Colbert try to skirt around Frank's status as an openly gay member of Congress is cringe-inducingly hilarious, and only becomes funnier with Frank's dismissive attitude.
Highlight: Colbert asks Frank to name "who else is gay." As in, who else in the world.
7. Wisconsin's 4th, Gwen Moore
Congresswoman Moore was a tough grab for Colbert, repeatedly denying The Report's interview requests and even going so far as to write a poem about it. The two discuss big government and play "the blame game" in this perfect two-part segment.
Highlight: Colbert and Moore ride away from imaginary cops on an imaginary Harley Davidson.
6. California's 29th, Tony Cardenas
Colbert and Tony Cardenas discuss the 29th district's culinary delights and pornography studios.
Highlight: A sensual moment in which Colbert and a delivery boy share a burrito.
5. California's 13th, Barbara Lee
Colbert and Lee probably break the record for longest wave between two people ever recorded on film.
Highlight: Colbert's genuinely gleeful smile while the two perform the wave.
4. Utah's 3rd, Jason Chaffetz
All you need to know about this one is that Colbert surprises Chaffetz with his handgun and beats him at leg wrestling.
Highlight: The leg wrestling, obviously.
3. New York's 25th, Dan Maffei
In which Colbert gets Maffei's "evil twin" to describe why he loves cocaine and why prostitution pleases him.
Highlight: Colbert and Maffei shotgun a few beers together in an effort to become cool.
2. Georgia's 1st, Jack Kingston
This 2005 inaugural installment in the 82 part series was hilariously uncomfortable, thanks largely to Representative Kingston's awkwardness.
Highlight: Kingston saying that his favorite alcohol is "whatever's free."
1. Georgia's 1st, Jack Kingston, again
Colbert met up with Representative Kingston once again for his 82nd and last "Better Know a District" segment. As both men were quitting their jobs in the near future, the two tore up the Capitol to the tune of Alice Cooper's "School's Out."
Highlight: Nancy Pelosi being a BMX superstar.
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