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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
3 Seasons, 471 Episodes
September 8, 2015
Talk & Interview
7.7/10
Cast: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Full Episode Guide

  • John Dickerson, Michael Rapaport, Grizzly Bear

  • Ellie Kemper, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Serafinowicz

  • Daniel Craig, Tiffany Haddish, Blackberry Smoke

  • Anthony Scaramucci, Bob Odenkirk, Liam Gallagher

  • The best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue

  • Millie Bobby Brown, Jim Jefferies, Zeshan B

  • Robert Pattinson, David Tennant, Niecy Nash

  • Christoph Waltz, Chris O'Dowd, Sean Evans

  • Laura Dern, Leah Remini, Trombone Shorty

  • The best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue

  • Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Arcade Fire

  • Dave Chappelle, James Van Der Beek, Joe Walsh

  • Sen. Al Franken, Adam Conover, Randy Newman

  • Actor Matthew McConaughey; actress Vanessa Bayer.

  • Stephen welcomes journalist Charlie Rose and actress Jessica Williams.

  • Samantha Bee, Gillian Jacobs, Spoon

  • Michael Moore, Sutton Foster, 6LACK

  • Charlie Rose, Jessica Williams, Max Brooks

  • Paul Bettany, Laura Benanti, Tyler the Creator

  • Kenneth Branagh, Cara Delevingne

  • Jason Bateman, Cara Delevingne, Muse

  • Stephen welcomes comedian Keegan-Michael Key and actor Cillian Murphy.

  • Keegan-Michael Key, Cillian Murphy, Matteo Lane

  • Russia Week

  • The best moments of the week, with a newly-recorded opening & monologue

  • Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry, the New Pornographers

  • John Oliver, Mike Birbiglia, Michael Showalter

  • Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Andy Serkis, Scarborough

  • Woody Harrelson, Cobie Smulders, Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys

  • Stephen's take on the news of the day.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Naomi Watts, actress Ari Graynor, and a musical performance by Swet Shop Boys.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Josh Duhamel, actor Justin Bartha and physicist Brian Greene.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Eric Stonestreet, tennis player John McEnroe, and a musical performance by Lillie Mae.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Michael Keaton, actress Zoe Kazan and comedian Tom Shillue.

  • Jeffrey Tambor, John Benjamin Hickey, Lake Street Dive

  • Ice Cube, Marc Maron, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

  • Actor Seth Rogen; actor Kumail Nanjiani; Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band performs.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Scarlett Johansson, actor Bill Burr, and a musical performance by Fleet Foxes .

  • Stephen welcomes actor Milo Ventimiglia, actress Judy Greer, and a stand-up comedy performance by Keith Alberstadt.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian Trevor Noah, actor Ilana Glazer, and actor Sam Richardson.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Olivia Wilde, comedian Eddie Izzard, and a musical performance by Nick Cave.

  • Actress Uzo Aduba; actor T.J. Miller; filmmaker Oliver Stone.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian Jim Gaffigan, actress Anna Chlumsky, and an interview with and stand-up comedy performance by Louie Anderson.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian John Mulaney, entrepreneur Richard Branson, and a musical performance by Halsey.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Tilda Swinton, host Andy Cohen, and comedian Jordan Klepper.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Salma Hayek Pinault, comedian Hasan Minhaj, and a musical performance by Feist.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian Kevin Hart, actress Ali Wentworth and a musical performance by The War on Drugs.

  • Stephen welcomes actress chef Gordon Ramsay, humorist David Sedaris, and a musical performance by Pixies.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Oscar Isaac, actress Laurie Metcalf, and journalist April Ryan.

  • Robin Wright, Hannibal Buress, Paul Simon, Bill Frisell

  • Stephen welcomes actor Kevin Spacey, actor Terry Crews, and comedian Rob Huebel.

  • Stephen welcomes TV Host Rachel Maddow, and an interview with a musical performance by Ben Platt.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Jennifer Garner, comedian Demetri Martin, and comedienne Paula Poundstone.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian Ricky Gervais, actor Corey Hawkins, with a musical performance by The xx.

  • Stephen welcomes host Julie Chen, actor Matt Walsh, and athlete David Ortiz.

  • Brad Pitt, Gina Rodriguez, Ben Falcone, Jesus and Mary Chain

  • Stephen welcomes actor Danny McBride, actress Jane Krakowski, with a musical performance by Metallica.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian Tracy Morgan, actor Timothy Simons, and a musical performance by Dan Auerbach.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Mayim Bialik, actor Andy Karl, and a stand-up comedy performance by Ramy Youssef.

  • Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds

  • Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms, Rob Corddry

  • Stephen welcomes actor Rami Malek, host Bill Nye, and a musical performance by Roger Waters.

  • Actor Richard Gere; comic Maria Bamford; Perfume Genius performs.

  • Retired professional basketball player Charles Barkley; actress Debra Winger.

  • Actor Jim Parsons; actor Jeff Garlin; actor Paul Scheer.

  • Stephen welcomes comedian/actress Amy Schumer and actress Gabourey Sidibe.

  • Actor Chris Pratt; astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; Ryan Adams performs.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Tom Hanks along with Anna Baryshnikov from the CBS comedy series "Superior Donuts".

  • Actor LL Cool J; actress Phillipa Soo; Gorillaz performs.

  • Actress America Ferrera; actor Thomas Middleditch; Dave and Virginia Grohl; Preservation Hall Band sits in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

  • Singer John Legend; singer Kelly Osbourne; Dr. John sits in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

  • Actress Allison Janney; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Marty Stuart performs.

  • Actress Rosario Dawson; actress Renée Elise Goldsberry; comic Keith Alberstadt.

  • Actress Elisabeth Moss; comedian Anthony Atamanuik; Sheryl Crow performs.

  • Actress Rose Byrne; actor Lewis Black; PJ Harvey performs.

  • Actor Alec Baldwin; radio host Charlamagne Tha God; comedian Moshe Kasher.

  • Actress Jennifer Hudson; journalist Chris Hayes; actor Christian Borle.

  • Actor Mandy Patinkin; actress Zosia Mamet; actor Jerrod Carmichael.

  • Actress Jessica Lange; journalist Bassem Youssef; comic Judy Gold.

  • Actress Sigourney Weaver; actress Zosia Mamet; podcast hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor; special appearance by Steve Martin.

  • Comic Louis C.K.; sportscaster Ernie Johnson Jr.; Father John Misty performs.

  • Actor Jason Sudeikis; actress Jennifer Esposito; Joey Bada$$ performs.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Susan Sarandon, singer Joey McIntyre, and a stand-up performance by Robert Klein.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Marisa Tomei, actor Hugh Dancy, and a musical performance by Broken Social Scene.

  • Emma Roberts, Ken Jeong, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley

  • Stephen welcomes actor Hank Azaria, actress Kate Walsh, and a performance by Circus 1903.

  • Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Jay Chandrasekhar, Aimee Mann

  • Glenn Close, Michael McKean, H. Jon Benjamin

  • Ryan Reynolds, Josh Lucas, Andy Daly, Green Day

  • Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Greer Barnes

  • Jessica Lange, Bassem Youssef, Todd Barry

  • Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign

  • Ewan McGregor, Finn Wittrock, The Shins

  • Felicity Huffman, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

  • Kristen Stewart, Maz Jobrani, Dawes

  • Michael Ian Black, Jackson Galaxy

  • Kevin Kline, Jerrod Carmichael, Gen. Michael Hayden

  • Anderson Cooper, Judd Apatow, Jidenna

  • Cate Blanchett, Paul Rust, Mo Amer

  • Hugh Jackman, Condola Rashad, the Flaming Lips

  • Patrick Stewart, Chris Colfer, Roy Wood Jr.

  • Lisa Kudrow, Josh Earnest, Tony Rock

  • Connie Britton, Zoey Deutch, Lori McKenna

  • Actress Allison Williams; actress Cush Jumbo; comic Carmen Lynch.

  • Actress Aubrey Plaza; actor Bradley Whitford; Lupe Fiasco performs.

  • TV host Kelly Ripa; actor Billy Gardell; The Lemon Twigs perform.

  • Journalist Joe Scarborough; actress Yvette Nicole Brown.

  • Actress Uma Thurman; actor Jason Jones; Alison Krauss performs.

  • Actress Julie Andrews; actress Christina Hendricks.

  • Actress Sally Field; actress Maggie Siff; Lady Antebellum performs.

  • Actor Bob Odenkirk; actress Tatiana Maslany; author George Saunders.

  • Actress Christine Baranski; Hans Zimmer performs.

  • Actress Shailene Woodley; actress Laverne Cox; treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina.

  • Will Arnett, Pete Holmes, Paul Mecurio

  • David Oyelowo, Taran Killam, Rae Sremmurd

  • Robert De Niro, Jake Tapper, Ezra Edelman, Flo Morrissey & Matthew White

  • John Oliver, Isabelle Huppert, the Avett Brothers

  • Paul Giamatti, Wendy Williams, Highly Suspect

  • Actress Priyanka Chopra; actor Thomas Sadoski; comic Pat Brown.

  • Dr. Phil; singer Michael Bolton; Maren Morris performs.

  • Comic Ricky Gervais; actress Christina Ricci; Jain performs.

  • Singer Josh Groban; chef Rachael Ray; Japandroids perform.

  • Leslie Mann, Lewis Black, Dan Levy

  • Actor Jim Gaffigan; actress Cristela Alonzo; The Avett Brothers perform.

  • Actor Johnny Galecki; TV host Chris Matthews; Bash & Pop performs.

  • Actress Idina Menzel; actress Rachel Bloom; comic Louie Anderson.

  • Comic Billy Eichner; singer Mel B.; comic Gilbert Gottfried.

  • Actress Sarah Paulson; actor Corey Stoll; Nick Grant and Watch the Duck perform.

  • Cuba Gooding Jr., Rupert Friend, Gary Gulman

  • Tom Selleck, Craig Robinson, A$AP Mob

  • Jude Law, Gabrielle Union, Thomas L. Friedman

  • Andrew Garfield, Erin Andrews, Cage the Elephant

  • Billy Joel, Josh Holloway

  • Charlie Rose, Jack Maxwell

  • Adam Driver, Alexa Davalos, Whitney

  • Kate Beckinsale, Chris Messina, Jen Kirkman

  • Media proprietor Oprah Winfrey; Pretty Yende performs.

  • Oprah Winfrey, Pretty Yende

  • Chris Pratt, Jason Bateman, Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog, Stevie Wonder

  • Will Smith, Anna Kendrick

  • Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, John Krasinski, Millie Bobby Brown

  • Bruce Springsteen, David Duchovny, Bryan Cranston

  • Tom Hanks, OK Go

  • Liam Neeson, Shepard Smith, John Batiste

  • James Franco, Michael Stipe, Gad Elmaleh

  • Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Mullally

  • Mark Wahlberg, Lee Daniels, Miranda Lambert

  • John Goodman, Denée Bentonm Norah Jones

  • Olivia Munn, Martin Freeman, Tom Papa

  • Octavia Spencer, Travis Scott

  • Sigourney Weaver, Andy Cohen, Pilobolus

  • Vice President Joe Biden, DJ Khaled

  • Jason Bateman, Padma Lakshmi, Michael Lewis

  • Matthew Broderick, Ali Wentworth, Fergie

  • Lauren Graham, and Justin Long.

  • (Lauren Cohan, Tim Daly, Sleigh Bells

  • Sting, Thandie Newton

  • First Lady Michelle Obama, America Ferrera

  • Tiger Woods, Elijah Wood, Jorge Ramos

  • Tom Hanks, Adam Conover

  • Danny DeVito, Max Greenfield, OK Go

  • James Marsden, John Waters

  • Michael Weatherly, Carrie Fisher, The Pretenders

  • William H. Macy, Colin Quinn, Drive-By Truckers

  • Amy Adams, Simone Biles, Jeff "The Bear Man" Watson

  • Marion Cotillard, Dev Patel, Dwight Yoakam

  • Anna Kendrick, Chris Gethard

  • Eddie Redmayne, Senator Bernie Sanders. Alton Brown, Chris Thile sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human

  • Jeff Goldblum, Elle King

  • Sting, and Thandie Newton.

  • Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Trumph the Insult Comic Dog

  • Don Cheadle, Katherine Waterston, Drive-By Truckers

  • Stephen welcomes Viggo Mortensen, Patton Oswalt, and a stand-up comedy performance by Maz Jobrani. (TV-PG)

  • Stephen welcomes Michael Strahan, Nick Kroll, and a musical performance by Aaron Lewis. (TV-PG)

  • Stephen welcomes Mel Gibson, Luke Bracey, and a musical performance by Tegan and Sara. (TV-PG)

  • Stephen welcomes Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, and the Ghost Brothers. (TV-PG)

  • Drew Carey, Claire Foy And Matt Smith, Sebastian Maniscalco

  • Stephen welcomes Mary-Louise Parker, Pusha T, and a musical performance by The Record Company. (TV-PG)

  • Stephen welcomes Joel McHale, from the CBS comedy series "The Great Indoors," Abbi Jacobson, and Comedian Jon Glaser. (TV-PG)

  • Will Forte, Dermot Mulroney, Wyatt Cenacm Mitski Sitting In With Jon Baitiste And Stay Human

  • Actress Ruth Wilson; actor J.B. Smoove; reality-TV personalities Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey.

  • Matt LeBlanc, Joy Bryant, Wyclef Jean

  • Tiger Woods, Elijah Wood, Jorge Ramos

  • Hugh Laurie, Paul Reiser, Nate Silver

  • Nick Offerman, Wayne Gretzky, Morgan Spurlock

  • President Barack Obama, Bill O'Reilly, Randall Park, Bob Weir

  • Chris Pratt, Scott Bakula, Frederik The Great

  • Bruce Springsteen

  • Jessica Alba, Bradley Whitford, George Takei

  • First Lady Michelle Obama, America Ferrera

  • Amy Schumer, Omari Hardwick, Michaela Watkins

  • Diane Lane, Aja Naomi, Sebastian Maniscalco

  • Emily Blunt, Gael Garcia Bernal, Phantogram

  • Armie Hammer, Lindsey Vonn, Gustavo Dudamel with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra

  • Cheri Oteri, Paul F. Tompkins, Melissa Etheridge sits in with Jon Batiste &Stay Human

  • Mindy Kaling, Gary Owen, Sum 41

  • Actor Liev Schreiber; actress Abby Elliott; actor Asa Butterfield.

  • Executive producer Morgan Freeman; actress Judith Light; Jimmy Eat World performs.

  • Actress Lupita Nyong'o; John Prine performs.

  • Actor Sean Penn; actress Sutton Foster; Regina Spektor performs.

  • Actor Rob Lowe; actor Kal Penn.

  • Bruce Springsteen

  • Anthony Anderson, Mark Consuelos, The Kills.

  • Ethan Hawke (The Magnificent Seven (2016)); Tim Meadows (Son of Zorn (2016)). Also: Wilco perform; and Nile Rodgers sits in with Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human.

  • Michelle Obama, America Ferrera

  • Chris Pratt, Scott Bakula, Frederik the Great

  • John Slattery, Oliver Stone, Jon Fisch

  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Andrew Rannells, Phantogram

  • Trevor Noah, Allen Iverson, and Chris Gethard.

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Millie Bobby Brown, the Head and the Heart

  • Dr. Phil McGraw, Alan Cumming, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam

  • Tituss Burgess, Jeff Ross, Adam Richman

  • Jessica Alba, Bradley Whitford, Travis Scott

  • Whoopi Goldberg, Regina Hall, Captain Sully Sullenberger

  • Harry Connick Jr., Ava DuVernay, Grouplove

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