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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Plot Synopsis

Stephen Colbert took over as host, executive producer and writer of THE LATE SHOW on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 11:35pm ET/PT on CBS, with Jon Batiste as the show's bandleader and guests who span the worlds of film, politics, business and music. The series premiere was extended by nine minutes (11:35pm-12:44am ET/PT) and featured these guests: actor George Clooney; Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush; musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human with special guests. Other guests in the first week included: actress Scarlett Johansson; SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk; interview with and musical performance by Kendrick Lamar; Vice President Joe Biden; Uber CEO Travis Kalanick; musical performance by Toby Keith; comedian Amy Schumer; author Stephen King; interview with and musical performance by Troubled Waters; and much more.

On Super Bowl Sunday 2016 (February 7), CBS premiered a special LIVE episode of THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT immediately following post-game coverage. Scheduled to air at 10pm ET/7pm PT, the actual start time depends on the duration of the game. Guests for the special live post-Super Bowl show include Megyn Kelly, Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Will Ferrell and comedy duo Key & Peele. The Colbert-hosted THE LATE SHOW is the first late night series to ever air in the post-Super Bowl slot.
THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT returned for its eighth season on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 11:35pm ET/PT on CBS. Louis Cato makes his debut this season as the show's new bandleader. Cato, who has been with the LATE SHOW since its launch, is joined by Joe Saylor, who has performed alongside Cato since the show's inception, and longtime house band members Louis Fouche, Jon Lampley, Endea Owens and Negah Santos. Colbert welcomes these guests during premiere week: Alex Wagner, comedian Roy Wood Jr. (9/6); CBS MORNINGS anchors Gayle King, Tony Dokoupil and Nate Burleson, actress Betty Gilpin (9/7); entrepreneurs/actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, and a musical performance by James Taylor (9/8).


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by The Late Show Inc.

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • February 7, 2016: First late night series to ever air in the post-Super Bowl slot.