Many saw the announcement that Donald Trump would drop by Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show as a sign the former SNL player would take bigger swings to compete with Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, but you wouldn’t expect The Donald to shy away from publicity, would you? Week 3 guests of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert have arrived, everyone from Trump, to Hugh Jackman, to Pearl Jam and the Archbishop.
The reviews for Stephen Colbert’s debut as the new Late Show host were mostly positive. Our own Matt Singer said the show got off to a “solid start” as Colbert took over for David Letterman, but the show almost didn’t get off to a start at all. On his second show, Colbert revealed that because of editing and technical glitches, his first episode almost didn’t make it on air.
However notably edited in certain spots, the Late Show With Stephen Colbert premiere garnered near-universal praise, and ratings some 172% above The Late Show one year prior (for now). The broadcast naturally ran along (hence some of the more obvious edits), but CBS has released a much fuller bout of unused material, including that of presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
Who is Stephen Colbert? That was the big question folks wanted answered by the premiere episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Although Colbert’s been a late-night fixture for over a decade, the guy who appeared on The Daily Show and then hosted The Colbert Report for ten seasons was “Stephen Colbert,” a fictional and wildly pompous conservative pundit designed to spoof the actual wildly pompous conservative pundits that rose to prominence along with the Fox News Network. “Colbert” we know. But the “real” Colbert, he’s still a mystery.
All eyes are appropriately on Stephen Colbert as the former Colbert Report host prepares to kick off a new Late Show era this coming Tuesday, but even with two full weeks mapped out, there are plenty surprises in store. Not only will the September 8 premiere run longer than expected, but we also have a first look at Colbert’s new Late Show digs.
Colbert fever will hit an all-time high over the next week as CBS gears up for the star-studded first week of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and the second shows no signs of stopping. Everyone from Lupita Nyong’o to Willie Nelson to GOP hopeful Bernie Sanders are on board, covering an even broader range of guests.
We’re closer than ever to Stephen Colbert’s Late Show debut on September 8, and while George Clooney’s guest appearance gave a marquee head start, the full guest list for Colbert’s full week offers a much clearer view of the new series. Everyone from Jeb Bush to Elon Musk and Amy Schumer will fill out the ranks, with musical guests on deck as well.
The September 8 premiere of Stephen Colbert’s new Late Show tenure draws ever closer, and with Jon Stewart finally stepped away from the spotlight, Colbert has taken every opportunity to redefine his post-Comedy Central career. Straight out of TCA, we now know what familiar musical guest will join George Clooney for the premiere, amid a host of other new details.
No one doubted that Stephen Colbert would put in an appearance on his former Daily Show host’s final hour, but thankfully the future Late Show leader didn’t party too hard afterward. Early Friday, Colbert announced his first Late Show guest for September, none other than the handsomest of handsome, George Clooney.
Jon Stewart said goodbye to The Daily Show last night in equal parts star-studded and quiet, personal fashion as former correspondents like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver and Olivia Munn returned to pay their respects, while Bruce Springsteen closed out the slow with a performance — at Stewart’s request — of his 1999 song “The Land of Hopes and Dreams” and, for his fellow New Jerseyan, “Born to Run”.