As consummately professional as Stephen Colbert might be, even he isn't fully immune to the hilarity of the character he plays on TV.

And as awe-inspiring as it is to watch Colbert hold fast to the facade he puts up for every show, it's equally, if not slightly more entertaining to watch that wall come tumbling down.

Here, then, are five full minutes (and then some) of Stephen Colbert breaking character on the Colbert Report, then trying to regain his composure, then completely losing it.

[H/T: Uproxx]