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The Most Frequent Guests On ‘The Colbert Report’

Stephen Colbert’s run on “The Colbert Report” ends Thursday night, capping a nine-year run of nearly 1,450 episodes. Colbert is bound for a larger stage, grabbing the “Late Show” spot on CBS. Back when this was announced, I looked into why this was a great plan for everyone involved (well, maybe expect for Comedy Central).

Andrew Sullivan 9
Neil deGrasse Tyson 8
Mike Huckabee 7
Chris Matthews 6
Dan Savage 6
Jonathan Alter 6
Ken Burns 6
Paul Krugman 6
Tom Brokaw 6
Arianna Huffington 6
Doris Kearns Goodwin 6
Jeffrey Toobin 6
Jim Cramer 6
Malcolm Gladwell 6
Trevor Potter 6

In his time, the former improv comic has interviewed an array of guests in fields such as politics, the media and the arts. But who have been Colbert’s go-to guests? I pulled the data from Wikipedia’s comprehensive list of episodes and guests. I doubt it’s perfect, but at left are the guests with the most appearances.

It looks like Andrew Sullivan, founding editor of The Dish, takes the crown. My boss, Nate Silver, clocks in at three appearances, tying with 37 others. Here’s a gif from his final appearance that I refuse to let him live down.

Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.