Everything We Know About The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
From the first guests to potential breakout moments, we have your Late Show primer right here
Get your “Stephen” chant ready: The first episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is almost here.
Though there’s no way to truly predict what surprises are headed our way for the premiere, Colbert has given all of us a few teases as to what we can expect when he finally returns to the small screen for a brand new adventure.
He won’t bring his Colbert Report persona with him.
Fans may have gotten to know Colbert as “Stephen Colbert,” the intensely patriotic, right-wing political pundit that he portrayed on The Colbert Report night after night, but on The Late Show, it’ll be the real Colbert sitting behind the desk. No characters and no satire, but plenty of jokes.
He’s going to get personal.
The Late Show won’t just introduce fans to the real Colbert – it’ll do a deep dive into what makes the comedian and host who he is, thanks to a segment entitled “Who Am Me.” The bit will include interviews with old friends and exes from Colbert’s years growing up in South Carolina, as well as an appearance from his elementary school teacher. “I had such a crush on her. I’m going to talk to her. I haven’t seen her since 1974, but I can’t believe that they found her,” Colbert told TIME.
He’ll have plenty of big names as guests.
Sure, Colbert might not be quite as excited to talk to him his former teacher, but the first celebrity to hit the Late Show couch will be none other than George Clooney himself.
He also has plenty of unexpected visitors booked.
In addition to the standard mix of celebrities – including Scarlett Johansson and Amy Schumer – and musical guests – like Kendrick Lamar and Toby Keith – Colbert’s first week will include appearances from entrepreneur Elon Musk, presidential candidate Jeb Bush and author Stephen King. It’s like the dinner party of your dreams.
He’s taking inspiration from Chopped.
While he did get a few pieces of advice from his predecessor, David Letterman, most of Colbert’s Late Night inspiration comes from an unlikely source: “This show is [like the Food Network’s] Chopped. Late-night shows are Chopped. Who are your guests tonight? Your guests tonight are veal tongue, coffee grounds and gummy bears. There, make a show. Make an appetizer that appeals to millions of people. That’s what I like,” he told GQ in August.
He’s leaning in.
In addition to trying to make a “meal” that’s both interesting and delicious, Colbert’s Late Show has one other goal in mind: celebrating women. After admitting in a Glamour essay that late night is “a bit of a sausagefest,” Colbert promised his female viewers: “I’m here for you, and that means I’m going to do my best to create a that not only appeals to women but also celebrates their voices.” We officially can’t wait to see just what all of that entails.
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
premieres Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.