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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is a late night talk show that is aired on CBS. It first hit the air on September 8, 2015. The first guests that appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert were actor George Clooney and United States presidential hopeful, the former Governor of Florida in Jeb Bush.

Colbert replaced long time host of The Late Show in David Letterman. Letterman was the host of The Late Show With David Letterman for 22 years on CBS. For 11 years before that the show aired on NBC.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Before Colbert came to become the host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, he was the host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. When Colbert took over the job as the host of The Late Show, he brought the biggest part of his Colbert Report production team with him. Former Comedy Central colleague and fellow show host Jon Stewart is also a part of the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert production team. Stewart is an executive producer of the show.

The format of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is nearly similar to that of the David Letterman version. Colbert has a wide range of guests from actors, musicians, and top politicians of the day. One major difference is the house band for the show. The CBS Orchestra from the David Letterman show has been replaced with bandleader Johnathan Batiste and his Stay Human band.

Daily 11:35 PM et/pt on CBS
9 Seasons, 1255 Episodes
September 8, 2015
Talk & Interview
7.4/10
Cast: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human
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  • Tony Shalhoub

  • Diane Kruger, Joaquín Castro, Julián Castro

  • Leslie Mann, Brandon Micheal Hall, Lil Wayne

  • Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Pally, Jungle

  • Bryan Cranston, Doris Kearns Goodwin

  • Kathy Griffin

  • Bernie Sanders, Emma Willmann

  • Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

  • Julia Roberts, Patrick Wilson

  • Catherine Zeta-Jones; Lucas Hedges; musical performance by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats.

  • Michelle Obama, Common

  • Garth Brooks, Tim Meadows, Emma Willmann

  • Eric McCormack, David Alan Grier, Sara Bareilles

  • Jon Stewart, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jake Tapper, Kerry Washington, Charlamagne Tha God

  • Cartoon Thanks-travaganza

  • Connie Britton, George R.R. Martin, Emma Willmann

  • Michael Douglas, Ben Sasse, José Andrés

  • Millie Bobby Brown, Paul Simon

  • Timothée Chalamet; stand-up comedy performance by Graham Cay.

  • Ben Stiller; Jemele Hill; musical performance by Jorja Smith.

  • Ricky Gervais; Bianna Golodryga, co-host of "CBS This Morning"; Chef Flynn McGarry.

  • Rachel Weisz; Jason Mantzoukas; stand-up comedy performance by Demetri Martin; special appearance by Dolph Lundgren.

  • Hugh Jackman; interview with and musical performance by Jeff Tweedy; United States Army Field Band's Six String Soldiers sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

  • Alexander Skarsgård

  • Billy Crystal, Kirsten Gillibrand, Big Red Machine

  • Chris Pine, Major Garrett, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

  • John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, Hasan Minhaj

  • Jude Law, Amy Klobuchar, Flynn McGarry

  • Billy Eichner; interview with and musical performance by Itzhak Perlman.

  • Chris Wallace; Cole Sprouse; musical performance by Tony Bennett.

  • Mike Myers; Christiane Amanpour.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker; Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

  • Kerry Washington; interview with and musical performance by Taylor Mac.

  • Liev Schreiber

  • Dr. Phil McGraw, Kayli Carter, Andrea Bocelli

  • Gerard Butler, Rowan Atkinson, Ina Garten

  • Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Tommy Vietor, Charlamagne Tha God

  • Sarah Silverman, Scott Bakula, Transviolet

  • Robin Wright

  • Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Laura Benanti, the Revivalists

  • Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps, Noname

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Brooke Baldwin

  • Melissa McCarthy, Phoebe Robinson

  • Ellie Kemper, Sam Elliott

  • Lady Gaga

  • Nick Kroll, Jodie Whittaker, Cat Power

  • Eva Longoria, Damon Wayans Jr., Steve Kornacki

  • Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Eric Idle, Lauv, Julia Michaels

  • Kristen Bell, Nik Dodani

  • Jeff Bridges; Cedric the Entertainer, from the new CBS comedy THE NEIGHBORHOOD; Author Mark Leibovich.

  • Candice Bergen, Jacinda Ardern, Jon Batiste

  • America Ferrera; interview with and musical performance by Nas.

  • Emma Stone; interview with and musical performance by Flight of the Conchords.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, Nik Dodani

  • Tiffany Haddish, Iain Armitage

  • Jane Fonda, Willie Nelson

  • Stephen Colbert hosts a celebration of The Late Show's third anniversary.

  • Anna Kendrick, Judy Greer

  • John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, Judy Greer, First Aid Kit

  • Keira Knightley, Beto O'Rourke, Martha Stewart

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael Rapaport

  • Bob Woodward; musical performance by The Knocks featuring Foster the People.

  • Stephen welcomes Sharon Osbourne, co-host of CBS' THE TALK, a stand-up comedy performance by Kathleen Madigan, and a musical performance by Jay Rock.

  • Emma Thompson, Troye Sivan

  • Rob Lowe, John Kerry, Kathleen Madigan

  • John Krasinski, Yvonne Orji

  • Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Constance Wu, Jay Rock

  • Jessica Biel, W. Kamau Bell, Elle King

  • Mark Wahlberg, Senator Bernie Sanders

  • Nicki Minaj; Guy Pearce; musical performance by Mac Miller.

  • Issa Rae, Darren Criss, Ronny Chieng

  • Stephen welcomes journalist Jim Acosta, actress Nina Dobrev, and a stand-up comedy performance by Michael Palascak.

  • Joe Manganiello, Sen. Cory Booker

  • Chris Hayes; Rob Corddry; musical performance by Regina Spektor.

  • Rob Reiner

  • Stephen welcomes actress Chloe Grace Moretz, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, and a stand-up comedy performance by Katie Hannigan.

  • Ewan McGregor, Adam Pally, Paul Krugman

  • Stephen welcomes actor Paul Giamatti, professional wrestler Ronda Rousey, and comedian Paul Mecurio.

  • Judd Apatow; Jace Norman; musical performance by OneRepublic.

  • Laura Linney, Sasheer Zamata

  • Jake Tapper; Michael Peña; musical performance by Dua Lipa.

  • Stephen Welcomes John Dickerson, co-anchor of CBS THIS MORNING, and actress Michaela Watkins.

  • Tatiana Maslany; former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul; Brian Huskey.

  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder; John Cleese; musical performance by Arctic Monkeys.

  • Interview with and musical performance by Janelle Monáe.

  • Denzel Washington; Rep. Joe Kennedy III; stand-up comedy performance by Carmen Lagala.

  • Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen; Dominic Cooper; musical performance by Beck.

  • Chrissy Metz; Lewis Black; musical performance by Luke Combs.

  • Actor Armie Hammer; actress Colleen Ballinger; comic Paula Poundstone.

  • Carey Mulligan; experiments with Kate the Chemist.

  • Stephen welcomes television host Lawrence O'Donnell, actress Liv Tyler, and a musical performance by Young The Giant.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Dwayne Johnson plus a musical performance by Alessia Cara.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Will Arnett, actress Neve Campbell, and chef Marcus Samuelsson.

  • Gordon Ramsay; Andrew Rannells; musical performance by Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood & The Rajasthan Express

  • Michael Moore, Eric Andre, Derrick Beckles, Kate the Chemist

  • Paul Rudd, Ken Jeong, Florence & the Machine

  • Stephen welcomes actor Hugh Grant, political commentator Margaret Hoover, and a stand-up comedy performance by Sean Donnelly.

  • Jessica Chastain, Romesh Ranganathan, Scott Rogowsky

  • Seth Rogen, Danny Jolles

  • Don Lemon, Mike Colter, Death Cab for Cutie

  • Trevor Noah, Liza Koshy, Two Feet

  • Josh Brolin, Ruth Negga, Walk the Moon

  • Benicio Del Toro, Alison Brie, Robin Thede

  • Thandie Newton, Betty Gilpin

  • Stephen welcomes actress Natalie Portman, actor Marc Maron, plus a musical performance by Alt-J and Pusha T.

  • Stephen welcomes financier Anthony Scaramucci, attorney Michael Avenatti, actress Betty Gilpin, plus a musical performance by Chromeo and D.R.A.M..

  • Stephen welcomes actor Ed Helms, actor Michael K. Williams, and comic Tom Papa.

  • Stephen welcomes TV host Chris Matthews, actress Alicia Silverstone, plus a musical performance by Eels.

  • Stephen welcomes anchor of the CBS EVENING NEWS Jeff Glor, actor David Koechner, and a musical performance by Interpol.

  • Nick Offerman; Niecy Nash; musical performance by Lykke Li.

  • Mandy Moore; Hosts of the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, Sara Bareilles & Josh Groban; musical performance by Meghan Trainor.

  • Ethan Hawke; Toni Collette; stand-up comedy performance by Jeff Arcuri.

  • Actress Anne Hathaway; author David Sedaris; stand-up comedy performance by Ahmed Bharoocha.

  • Actor Jason Bateman; author Stephen King; musical performance by Jim James.

  • Actor Andrew Garfield; omedian David Cross; musical performance by The Kills.

  • Actor Zachary Quinto; actress Vanessa Bayer; Executive Editor of "The New York Times," Dean Baquet.

  • Actor Benedict Cumberbatch; stand-up comedy performance by Mary Gallagher.

  • Journalist Jake Tapper; musical performance by Liam Payne featuring J. Balvin.

  • Actor Chadwick Boseman; stand-up comedy performance by Erik Bergstrom.

  • Actor Jamie Foxx; musical performance by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

  • Actor Anthony Anderson; Actress Glenda Jackson; Author Michael Pollan.

  • Mayim Bialik, from the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory"; special appearance by Melissa McCarthy; and Daniel Boulud.

  • Actress Annette Bening; comic Wyatt Cenac; chef Daniel Boulud.

  • Gayle King, co-anchor of "CBS This Morning"; Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Winter.

  • Actor Michael B. Jordan; actor Matt Walsh; stand-up comedy performance by Heather Pasternak.

  • Jim Parsons, from the CBS comedy "The Big Bang Theory"; Co-Founder of Reddit Alexis Ohanian; musical performance by Lake Street Dive.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Chris O'Donnell plus a musical performance by Jack White.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Charlize Theron, and actor Ron Howard.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian Jim Gaffigan, Attorney Michael Avenatti, and author David Chang.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Helen Hunt, actor Kevin Smith, and a musical performance by Paramore.

  • Stephen welcomes actor David Duchovny, journalist Margaret Brennan, host of CBS News's Face The Nation, and actor Robert Smigel.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Mandy Patinkin and comedian H. Jon Benjamin.

  • Actress Rachel Weisz; actress Ann Dowd; actor H. Jon Benjamin.

  • Actress Lucy Liu, from the CBS drama ELEMENTARY; actor Henry Winkler; musical performance by Run The Jewels.

  • Actor Hank Azaria; author Ronan Farrow; musical performance by Grace VanderWaal.

  • Actor Jeffrey Wright; author Ali Wentworth; musical performance by Brothers Osborne.

  • James Marsden; YouTube personality Coyote Peterson.

  • Antonio Banderas; Senator Kamala Harris; musical performance by Snow Patrol.

  • Cynthia Nixon; Alan Cumming, from the CBS drama INSTINCT; musical performance by Franz Ferdinand.

  • James Comey; musical performance by Jason Aldean.

  • Stephen welcomes co-anchor of CBS THIS MORNING John Dickerson, radio presenter Charlamagne Tha God, and author Nell Scovell

  • Stephen welcomes actress Aubrey Plaza, Rainbow Kitten Surprise performs, and Cookie Monster makes an appearance.

  • Stephen welcomes Diane Sawyer, Joshua Jackson, and a musical performance by John Prine featuring Sturgill Simpson and Brandi Carlile.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Martin Short, and actress Aisha Tyler.

  • Stephen welcomes actor James Spader, journalist Katie Couric, and comedian Louie Anderson.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Amy Schumer, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and chef Giada De Laurentiis.

  • Actor Bryan Cranston; former President President Jimmy Carter.

  • Actress Emily Blunt; journalist John Heilemann & TV host Alex Wagner; musical performance by Kacey Musgraves.

  • Comic Dana Carvey; actor Simon Pegg; YouTube personality and wildlife expert Coyote Peterson.

  • Comedian Samantha Bee; actor Leslie Odom Jr.; Comedian Tom Segura.

  • Actor Sean Penn; actress Sara Gilbert; musical performance by Bishop Briggs.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Keri Russell, actor Matthew Rhys and actress Mindy Kaling.

  • Hilary Swank, Thomas Middleditch and Rory Albanese.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Drew Barrymore, actor Adam Devine, and a musical performance by Moby.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Paul Giamatti, actor Sean Bean, and a musical performance by Brandi Carlile.

  • Actress Angela Bassett; actor Jimmy O. Yang; musical performance by Jack Johnson.

  • Professional football player Tom Brady and stand-up comedy performance by Emmy Blotnick.

  • Helen Mirren, David Byrne

  • Mindy Kaling, Chris Hayes, Amberia Allen

  • Reese Witherspoon, Adam Rippon, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite

  • Oprah Winfrey, Justin Hartley

  • David Oyelowo, Chelsea Clinton, Martha Stewart

  • Steve Buscemi and Sebastian Maniscalco

  • Jeff Daniels, Krysten Ritter, Noah Kahan

  • Actor Donald Glover; comic Sebastian Maniscalco; musical performance by IBEYI.

  • Actor Kiefer Sutherland; actress Zoe Lister-Jones, from the CBS comedy LIFE IN PIECES; Professor John McWhorter (an American linguist).

  • Jennifer Lawrence, Patton Oswalt, MGMT

  • Christine Baranski, from the CBS All Access drama THE GOOD FIGHT; Constance Zimmer; musical performance by Bon Jovi.

  • Sam Rockwell; J.J. Abrams; musical performance by BØRNS.

  • Stephen welcomes Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, actor Chris Gethard, and a musical performance by Portugal. The Man.

  • Guests include Nathan Lane

  • Guests include Joel McHale, Yara Shahidi, Joywave

  • Guests include John Oliver, Beanie Feldstein, Wolfgang Puck

  • Guests include Wanda Sykes, Thomas Haden Church, June Diane Raphael, Soul Rebels

  • Actress Claire Danes; actress Bernadette Peters; musical performance by Lil Uzi Vert.

  • Actress Uma Thurman.

  • Actor Michael Shannon; TV host Meghan McCain.

  • Actress Rose McGowan; Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.); comic Jacob Williams; Curtis Harding sits in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

  • Podcast hosts Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, and Jon Lovett ("Pod Save America"), and Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson ("2 Dope Queens"); Chris Stapleton performs. Live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.

  • TV host Julie Chen; actor Joel Kinnaman; Talib Kweli performs with BJ the Chicago Kid.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Kyle MacLachlan, actor Deon Cole, and a musical performance by Julia Michaels.

  • Guests include Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben McKenzie, 30 Seconds to Mars

  • Guests include Willem Dafoe, RuPaul, Roy Wood Jr.

  • Guests include John Dickerson, Eugene Levy, Midland

  • Guests include James Corden, Ann Curry, Deon Cole

  • Guests includes J.K. Simmons, Rob Riggles

  • Guests include Sharon Stone, Rob Riggle, Fall Out Boy

  • Guests include Ricky Gervais, Matt Czuchry, Jon Bon Jovi

  • Guests include Jon Bon Jovi, Daniel Kaluuya, Ben Sinclair

  • Guests include John Lithgow, Chuck Schumer, Black Eyed Peas

  • Guest include Laurie Metcalf

  • Guests include Molly Shannon, Thomas Lennon, Owen Smith

  • Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, comic Pete Holmes; Jack Black performs.

  • Actor James Franco; actress Lena Waithe; Anderson East performs.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Liam Neeson, author Michael Wolff, plus a musical performance by Andra Day and Common.

  • Stephen welcomes astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  • Stephen welcomes rapper 50 Cent, actress Rachel Brosnahan, and comic Gary Vider.

  • Stephen welcomes America Ferrera, actor David Harbour, and musical performance by Julien Baker.

  • Anderson Cooper; Maz Jobrani, from the CBS comedy "Superior Donuts"; musical performance by Margo Price

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