Now here's something you don't see every day: Stephen Colbert. Being Stephen Colbert. Not 'Stephen Colbert'.
Yes, the American satirist we barely know but hugely love has given an interview - to Oprah Winfrey, no less - and revealed not just the origins of >The Colbert Report, but also which real-life pundits his right-wing talk show host is based on.
The answer - chiefly "papa bear" Bill O'Reilly - might not surprise you. But regardless, we highly recommend geeking out to the video above, in which Mr Colbert describes his alter-ego as a "well-intentioned, poorly-informed, high status idiot" - and is just as wonderful as we've always imagined him to be.
And if you're in the mood for more fun at the expense of right-wing American politics, do check out this video slideshow of bizarre political ads, below. But be warned: unlike Mr Colbert, none of them are spoofs...
Vernon Robinson Goes To The Twilight Zone
Islamic extremists! Homosexuals! People who kill a million babies a year! You're right, Vern - America <em>is</em> like the Twilight Zone these days.
Dan Fanelli - NOT A Racist
If we didn't laugh, we'd cry.
Dale Peterson - Listen Up!
Thugs and criminals! They don't give a rip! Whatever that is.
Carly Fiorina's Demon Sheep
It has A FALLING SHEEP. AWESOME.
Christine O'Donnell - NOT A Witch
Best. Opening line. Ever.
Mike Gravel Wants To Be President
But not before staring at us and then throwing a huge rock into a lake.
David Vitter Vs The Mexicans
Fun fact - Louisana doesn't even share a state border with Mexico!
Rick Barber - Slavery
We're all becoming slaves, says Rick Barber, Tea Party candidate. And to prove it, he ASKS ABRAHAM LINCOLN. And invokes the Holocaust. Nice!
Mike Weinstein, Kid Of The '80s
You think it's going to be <em>Footloose</em>... But it's SO much better than that.
John McCain, President Of The Future!
In 2008, the John McCain camp imagined that Mr McC had solved all of America's problems by the year 2013. Great tactic: he never got voted in, so we'll never know that they were wrong!
Adriane Reesey And The Absentee Ballot
Includes a blooper reel. Fantastic.
Bill Richardson - A Not Entirely Convincing Cowboy
Yes, he really does say "Let's head 'em off at the pass."
Charlie Wheelan - The Bright Knight!
Potential Chicago Congressman - and wannabe Batman.
Jim Slattery Attacks Pat Roberts
Wait - is he? - oh god, he is! Ewwww!