It looks like Stephen Colbert really is leaning in.
After calling late-night television “a bit of a sausagefest,” Colbert has landed two mega-watt female stars – and all-around powerful women – as some of his first guests when he takes over The Late Show on Sept. 8.
Captain America: Civil War superhero Scarlett Johansson is set to stop by Sept. 9, and breakout comedian Amy Schumer will drop in Sept. 11, CBS announced Monday. (A tip for Colbert’s Eminem-tested, celebrity-ignorant alter ego: Don’t call the former “ScarJo.”)
Trainwreck, which Schumer wrote and stars in, has grossed more than $120 million worldwide. Schumer, 34, has also aligned herself with her cousin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, to advocate for gun control. Meanwhile, Forbes has anointed Johansson, 30, No. 2 on its World’s Highest Paid Actresses list, and she’s also incredibly politically active.
Other notable names in the lineup for Colbert’s first week include presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, horror author Stephen King and tech entrepreneurs Elon Musk of Tesla and Travis Kalanick of Uber. Kendrick Lamar and Toby Keith will perform as musical guests. His first-ever guest is George Clooney, he revealed on Twitter earlier this month.
Landing the A-lister is a huge deal for Colbert, 51, who recently told GQ that the impulse to say things that are “unexpected or at times uncomfortable” motivates his material.
“I’m a very uncomfortable person. I really like people, and I also don’t always know what to do with them,” he said. “I have always had an eclectic roster of friends, but there’s something about my work that speaks to a deep discomfort with being in society.”