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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.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is a Talk & Interview series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (910 episodes). The series first aired on September 8, 2015. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on demand at CBS Hulu, FuboTV, CBS online.

Daily 11:35 PM et/pt on CBS
6 Seasons, 910 Episodes
September 8, 2015
Talk & Interview
7.3/10
Cast: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Full Episode Guide

  • Actor Jeff Daniels; Yusuf/Cat Stevens performs.

  • TV hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero; Jake Isaac performs.

  • Stephen welcomes Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and actor Laurence Fishburne.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Sarah Paulson and a musical performance by PJ Morton.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Drew Barrymore and a musical performance by Lang Lang.

  • Stephen welcomes signer Janelle Monae and journalist Jacob Soboroff.

  • Stephen welcomes journalist Bob Woodward and a musical performance by Luke Combs.

  • Rep. Katie Porter, Tony Romo

  • Jeff Daniels, Yusuf / Cat Stevens

  • Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, Jake Isaac

  • H.R. McMaster, Laurence Fishburne

  • Sarah Paulson

  • Drew Barrymore

  • Janelle Monáe, Jacob Soboroff

  • Bob Woodward, Luke Combs

  • Chris Christie, Gregory Porter

  • Nancy Pelosi, Lucinda Williams

  • Former Congressman Trey Gowdy; Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter

  • Podcast hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor; Tim McGraw performs; actress Laura Benanti.

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (LIVE broadcast ET/delayed PT)

  • Senator Bernie Sanders (LIVE broadcast ET/delayed PT)

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren; musical performance by Regina Spektor (LIVE broadcast ET/delayed PT)

  • Former National Security Advisor and Ambassador Susan Rice; musical performance by Sheryl Crow (LIVE broadcast ET/delayed PT)

  • John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, Alex Wagner

  • Jason Sudeikis, April Ryan

  • Laura Linney

  • Jon LaPook, Maroon 5

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Ava DuVernay; musical performance by Ben Folds

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Mary Trump; Kristen Bell

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Greta Thunberg; special appearance by Keegan-Michael Key, host of CBS's new series GAME ON!

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Andy Cohen; musical performance by Phoebe Bridgers

  • Stephen Colbert from home; interview with and musical performance by The Chicks

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Ricky Gervais; W. Kamau Bell

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Tom Hanks; musical performance by Noah Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Norah O'Donnell, anchor and managing editor of CBS EVENING NEWS; musical performance by IDK

  • Author Ibram X. Kendi; comic Patton Oswalt.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Jon Stewart.

  • John Bolton, former national security adviser; Noah Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus perform.

  • Stephen welcomes former national security advisor John Bolton and a musical performance by Noah Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus.

  • tephen Colbert from home; Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Mike Birbiglia

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Senator Kamala Harris; musical performance by Milky Chance and Jack Johnson

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Hasan Minhaj; musical performance by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

  • Stephen Colbert from home; John Dickerson, Contributor for CBS News' 60 MINUTES; musical performance by Black Pumas

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with Wesley Lowery, Judd Apatow

  • Stacey Abrams, Megan Rapinoe

  • Chris Wallace

  • Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.); filmmaker Judd Apatow.

  • Stephen welcomes Senator Cory Booker and a musical performance by Brian Wilson.

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with Kristen Bell, TV on the Radio

  • Stephen welcomes actor Keegan-Michael Key, host of CBS' new series GAME ON!, and author Wes Moore.

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with Chris Hayes, Brian Wilson

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with Steve Carell, Milky Chance and Jack Johnson

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Keegan-Michael Key, host of CBS' new series GAME ON!; musical performance by Wilco

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Gayle King, co-host of CBS THIS MORNING; Amy Sedaris

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Kumail Nanjiani, musical performance by Andra Day, special appearance by Elmo.

  • Stephen Colbert from home with John Lithgow, Alison Roman

  • Stephen Colbert from home with Hugh Laurie; Benjamin Gibbard

  • Stephen Colbert from home with Christine Baranski, Ellie Kemper

  • Stephen Colbert from home with Jake Tapper; Tame Impala

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Christine Baranski, from the CBS All Access drama THE GOOD FIGHT; musical performance by Tame Impala.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Robert De Niro; Alison Roman

  • Stephen Colbert from home; author Stephen King; musical performance by Sheryl Crow.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; journalist Anderson Cooper; musical performance by Mark Foster.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Thandie Newton; Ina Garten.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Paul Giamatti

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Senator Amy Klobuchar and Mayor Pete Buttigieg; musical performance by Haim.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Jake Gyllenhaal; Stephen King; musical performance by M. Ward.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; John Mulaney; musical performance by John Fogerty

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin; Ina Garten.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Nathan Lane; chef José Andrés.

  • Stephen welcomes film maker Michael Moore and a musical performance by Brett Eldredge.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Trevor Noah; chef José Andrés; musical performance by Willie, Lukas and Micah Nelson.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Trevor Noah; musical performance by Christine and the Queens.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Shaquille O'Neal; astronaut Jessica Meir; musical performance by Matt Berninger of the National.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; CBS News' chief medical correspondent, Dr. Jonathan LaPook; Cate Blanchett.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; Matthew McConaughey; musical performance by Sam Hunt.

  • Stephen Colbert from home; hosts of "Pod Save America": Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor; author and presidential historian Jon Meacham; musical tribute to John Prine by Dave Matthews

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with Bernie Sanders, Brandi Carlile

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with special guests Conan O'Brien and Michael Stipe.

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with Chance the Rapper, Jim James, Lady Gaga

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with special guest

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with special guest

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with special guest

  • Stephen Colbert from home, with special guest

  • Dixie Chicks, Michael Pollan

  • Hank Azaria, Suzy Nakamura

  • Charles Barkley, Peter Sarsgaard

  • John Krasinski; musical performance by Rachael & Vilray.

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, Hannah Einbinder

  • Keith Urban, Casey Wilson

  • Chris Hayes, David Chang

  • Anthony Mackie, Susan Glasser

  • Ty Burrell, John Heilemann, James Taylor

  • Tyra Banks, Coyote Peterson

  • John Turturro; musical performance by KALEO.

  • Jason Segel; journalist Charlotte Alter.

  • Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; musical performance by Nathaniel Rateliff.

  • Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; musical performance by Hailee Steinfeld.

  • James Marsden, Sam Heughan

  • Will Ferrell

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus

  • John Oliver; musical performance by Alex Ebert.

  • Joe Mantegna, from the CBS drama series CRIMINAL MINDS; Coyote Peterson.

  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Patton Oswalt.

  • Jim Carrey; musical performance by Michael Kiwanuka.

  • Live show following State of the Union Address

  • James Taylor; Rob McElhenney; musical performance by Moses Sumney.

  • Edie Falco, from the new CBS drama TOMMY; Jay Hernandez, from the CBS drama MAGNUM P.I.

  • Samantha Bee; Michael Stipe; Dana Carvey

  • Steve Martin; musical performance by Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

  • Antonio Banderas; Joe Mantegna, from the CBS drama CRIMINAL MINDS; Coyote Peterson.

  • Chris Cuomo, David Alan Grier

  • John Mulaney, Fortune Feimster

  • Patrick Stewart, Dick Cavett

  • Jim Gaffigan, Tom Steyer

  • Josh Gad, Tamron Hall

  • Andrew Yang, Abby McEnany

  • Michael Bloomberg

  • Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski; performance by the cast of "TINA: The Tina Turner Musical".

  • Laura Dern, Kesha

  • Senator Bernie Sanders, Penn Badgley

  • Larry David

  • Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Jamie Oliver

  • Jane Fonda; Tan France; musical performance by Miranda Lambert.

  • Jennifer Hudson, Jonathan Pryce, Sharon Van Etten, Norah Jones

  • Charlize Theron, Martha Stewart

  • Jamie Foxx

  • Aaron Paul; musical performance by Idina Menzel.

  • Mark Harmon

  • Rep. Adam Schiff

  • Ed Harris, Samantha Power, Thomas Rhett

  • Clive Owen, Florence Pugh, Jon Batiste

  • Saoirse Ronan, Tom Brokaw

  • Pharrell Williams, Chris Parnell, The Weeknd

  • Scarlett Johansson, Joe Pera, The Weeknd

  • Eddie Redmayne, Pharrell Williams

  • LL Cool J, José Andrés

  • Paul Rudd, Adrienne Warren

  • Robert De Niro, J.J. Abrams

  • Daniel Craig

  • Senator Kamala Harris

  • John Heilemann and Alex Wagner; "Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander"

  • Helena Bonham Carter; Lena Waithe; musical performance by Lady Antebellum; "Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander"

  • Adam Driver; Adrienne Warren; musical performance by The 1975; "Stephen Colbert: The Newest Zealander" Night 1

  • David Harbour; interview with and performance by Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit from "Moulin Rouge! The Musical."

  • Mark Ruffalo; Andy Cohen.

  • Tim Robbins; Nicolle Wallace.

  • Liev Schreiber; Daniel Kaluuya; musical performance by Cold War Kids.

  • Dr. Phil McGraw; Chris Parnell; musical performance by Cold War Kids.

  • Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen; "MasterChef Junior" Contestants.

  • Elizabeth Banks; Senator Amy Klobuchar; musical performance by King Princess.

  • Tim McGraw; Senator Sherrod Brown.

  • 50 Cent, Conan O'Brien

  • Nancy Pelosi, Rob Corddry

  • Norman Reedus, Cynthia Erivo, musical performance by Miranda Lambert.

  • Jennifer Aniston, Thomas Middleditch

  • Queen Latifah; Radhika Jones, editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair; musical performance by Wu-Tang Clan.

  • Eddie Murphy

  • Steve Carell; Rob Corddry, from the new CBS comedy THE UNICORN; musical performance by Toby Keith.

  • Ronan Farrow, Andrea Savage

  • John Lithgow; Camila Mendes; Ree Drummond.

  • Actress Julie Andrews; actor Jonathan Groff; musical performance by YUNGBLUD featuring Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons.

  • Stephen welcomes TV host John Oliver and actress Amy Sedaris, more with singer Paul McCartney, and a musical performance by Big Thief.

  • Jonathan Van Ness; Brett Gelman; musical performance by Big Thief; special appearances by Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

  • Will Smith, Andrew Scott

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson; Former National Security Advisor and Ambassador Susan Rice.

  • Jon Hamm; special appearance by New York Mets First Baseman Pete Alonso

  • Interview with and musical performance by Carrie Underwood; Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes

  • Actor Rami Malek; TV director Jill Soloway.

  • TV host Rachel Maddow; musician Thom Yorke.

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton; musical performance by Wilco

  • Patricia Heaton, Tegan and Sara

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, Brittany Howard

  • Renée Zellweger, Walton Goggins

  • Whoopi Goldberg, Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Paul McCartney

  • Stephen hosts The Late Show's The Best of Season 4: The Greatest Season 4 of All Time!

  • Taraji P. Henson; Aasif Mandvi, from the new CBS drama EVIL.

  • Billy Crystal; musical performance by Thomas Rhett.

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren; the cast of "The Brady Bunch": Barry Williams, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, Eve Plumb, Mike Lookinland and Susan Olsen.

  • Tom Hiddleston; Marie Osmond, co-host of CBS' THE TALK.

  • Jake Tapper; Jon Lovett.

  • James McAvoy; Stephen King; musical performance by Vampire Weekend.

  • Ansel Elgort; journalists Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey.

  • Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Bill Skarsgård; musical performance by BANKS.

  • Stephen welcomes Mayor Pete Buttigieg and television host Graham Norton.

  • Stephen welcomes Vice President Joe Biden and a musical performance by Pixie.

  • Jim Gaffigan; Ann Curry.

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Late-Night Shows Mock Trump's Response to Bombing Attempts

Hosts don't think Trump responded adequately to attacks on his critics.

Stephen Colbert Has Advice for Trump After Controversial Putin Press Conference

Colbert thinks Trump is underestimating the Russian leader's sneakiness.

Jon Stewart Calls Out Trump's 'Gleeful Cruelty'

The former 'Daily Show' host made a surprise appearance on Stephen Colbert's show.

Rose McGowan Wants Credit for Taking Down Harvey Weinstein

The actress says she's the "architect" of the scandal that rocked Hollywood.

Late-Night Hosts Go After Trump for Cyberbullying a Senator

Trump's tacky tweet about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was plenty mock-worthy for Stephen Colbert and his peers.

TV Hosts Have Fun with Trump's Second-Place 'Person of the Year' Finish

Jordan Klepper and Stephen Colbert poked fun at the president for falling short of making the cover of Time magazine.

Late-Night Hosts Take Trump to First Amendment School

Kimmel, Meyers and Colbert answered the president's question about when it's appropriate to revoke the broadcast license of a network that reports news you don't like.

Stephen Colbert Donates $1 Million to Puerto Rico from #PuberMe Campaign

The 'Late Show' host and a crowd of celebrities stepped up to give aid to the devastated American territory.

David Letterman Comes Out of Retirement for Netflix

The former late-night host will try his hand at a talk show on the streamer.

Stephen Colbert Mocks Anthony Scaramucci's Profane Rant

The 'Late Show' host was dismayed at the White House Communications Director's profanity-filled attack on his own co-workers.

Trump's Transgender Ban Draws Late Night Jabs

Condemnation of the president's tweeted policy was universal among late-night TV hosts.

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