“You’re known for some long songs. Have you ever written a song so epic that by the end of the song you were actually being influenced by yourself from the beginning of the song since it happened so much earlier in your career?”
At the end of the show, as Rush was performing, Colbert put on a sleeping cap, placed a pillow on his desk and said “Good Night!” to the audience. The credits roll as Rush continues to play.
But this clip doesn’t show the punch line:
As The Colbert Report started the next night, there was Rush still playing the same song, and Colbert awakening from his sleep still wearing the same sleeping cap. He rubs his eyes and says, “Hello, and welcome to the Report!”