On August 25 2014, during The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards (2014), Jimmy Fallon joked that people should go to IMDb and add themselves as "creative consultant" to The Colbert Report (2005), that he would support their credit. IMDb subsequently received several thousand credit submissions for "consultants" to the show, including "torture consultant" and "wardrobe malfunction consultant".
Colbert keeps a collection of pictures of his "Enemies" on the set of the show. Among the pictures is House M.D. (2004)'s Hugh Laurie, due to the fact House won an Emmy Award over Colbert's show. Laurie found this to be very funny, and in an episode of House's fifth season a picture of Colbert can be seen on House's desk.
In 2006, the San Francisco Zoo contacted Colbert, asking his permission to name an unhatched bald eagle after him. The bird was named "Stephen Jr.", and his birth was celebrated on the show on April 17, 2006. Colbert still gives updates on the eagle's whereabouts.
On March 12, 2007, shortly after Colbert reported on the in-universe death of superhero Captain America, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada sent Captain America's shield to the show, saying he had left it to Colbert in his "will". It has appeared as a prop on the set ever since.
On the set, there is an artificial fireplace with the engraving "Videri Quam Esse," meaning, "to seem to be rather than to be"; it is a play off of the traditional Latin phrase "esse quam videri," or, "to be, rather than to seem to be," reflecting Colbert's mock right-wing personality.
The word Truthiness, which Stephen debuted during the first episode of the show, was entered into the official Websters Dictionary in 2006. It was also named "Word of the year" by the American Dialect Society, also in 2006.
In 2006, Stephen encouraged his viewers to go online and vote for a new bridge in Hungary to be named after him. Stephen won both rounds of voting for the bridge, with over 17 million votes, but Hungarian law prevented the bridge from being named after a living person.
In March of 2011, hundreds of cities across the United States stopped publishing the residential "White Pages", as most of the information in the White Pages can be found online. Colbert honored the parting of the White Pages on the show by placing a copy of the White Pages on his bookshelf, located on the show's set.
Despite the Right wing-to-Libertarian-leaning views that the "Stephen Colbert" character often espouses on the show, in his private life, the real Stephen Colbert considers himself a Democrat: "I'm a Democrat. I'm not asking anybody to vote for Democrats or Republicans. I say everyone should vote for both candidates -- except me. Just let me vote for (2004 Democratic presidential nominee John) Kerry. Then we'll be fine." Colbert has also called his "Colbert" character a "well-intentioned, poorly informed, high-status idiot."