U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore gave as good as she got when she appeared on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" Thursday night.

The Democratic representative sat down for a lengthy interview with Stephen Colbert's faux conservative pundit as part of Colbert's ongoing "Better Know a District" series. Moore was the 70th congressperson to appear on the series, but only the first from Wisconsin.

The duo sparred on Paul Ryan and Scott Walker, pantomimed going on a motorcycle ride together, and in the end, shared a big hug.

After describing Moore's Milwaukee district, including such notable natives as Spencer Tracy and Liberace ("who spent years concealing a dark secret — he's from Wisconsin!"), Colbert interviewed Moore in her Washington office.

"I assume you got the job through affirmative action," Colbert said, later calling Moore "openly black."

Moore told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Thursday that she had turned down Colbert's interview request several times before finally agreeing.

"There was a lot of energy there," Moore said. "I just went with it. I think that is what made it a lot of fun."

All kidding aside, Moore has worked tirelessly in Congress for the rights of working-class Americans, minorities and women. In March, she spearheaded the push for a more robust Violence Against Women Act against Republican opposition.

Here's Part 1 of the video.

And here's Part 2, which features that truly surreal motorcycle ride:

Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.

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Retired PE
Retired PE

Rep. Moore definitely held her own with Stephen - good job. I have watched the majority of his "know your district interviews," and Colbert has on more than one occasion made these national reps. look to be the idiots their state voters put into office. That is always the best part when they expose themselves with Colbert. Pleased to say that Moore made WI voters look good for a change!


Colbert must have really enjoyed Rep. Moore, because he devoted 2 of his show's 3 segments to her interview. Normally his "Better Know a District" interviews are limited to only 1 segment. But I was impressed that she was so subdued. Normally she's just a pistol.

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