As ‘Late Show’ Surges, Stephen Colbert Embraces Emmys, Tackles Trump and Unveils New Plans

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President Trump’s itchy trigger finger has many Americans worried. But for a group of staffers clustered in a narrow office building attached to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, the fear is his antics may trigger another type of fallout: a “live show situation.”

No matter how much work goes into the jokes crafted for the monologue and other comedy bits for CBS’ “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the staff knows much of it could be scrapped just before its host tapes the program before the audience. “Many’s the night when we have to throw the whole thing out after rehearsal,” explains Colbert. “There’s never a point when the show is so locked that we won’t change it — literally minutes before I go onstage.” In May, when FBI director James Comey was fired, for example, Colbert had already delivered his monologue, only to be told of the breaking news after he was done, recalls Chris Licht, the late-night show’s executive producer. Colbert immediately taped a new version. “My heart is thumping. My pulse is racing,” Colbert told the crowd. “We’ll have more on this tomorrow, when they scramble to cover the whole thing up.”

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That instant response to headlines has helped the host skyrocket to the top of the late night ratings charts, but on a recent visit to his office, he admits it’s also left him feeling “hung over from the news.” Just the day before, he and his staff had to whip up an entirely new opening after President Trump let loose during a press conference, saying both sides were to blame for the August clash between white supremacists and protesters in Charlottesville, Va. “Last night was probably the fastest we wrote a monologue ever,” Colbert says. “We didn’t even get to see the thing we were writing about.” He can’t resist throwing in a punch line: “I almost pulled a hamstring last night because we went from zero to sixty so fast.”

Staying right on the latest headlines in a nation addicted to them has lent Colbert and his “Late Show” new momentum, and the host says delivering jokes related to whatever the nation is talking about has become his modus operandi. After a rockier-than-expected start on CBS upon taking over the show from David Letterman, Colbert has seen his viewership surge. NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” continues to win the most viewers in the demographic advertisers covet, people between 18 and 49, but Colbert now has the biggest total audience — putting CBS in a position in late night it has not enjoyed in decades. “I think in the long run, Jimmy Fallon is going to do just fine,” says Rick Ludwin, the executive who for years supervised NBC’s late-night programs and their hosts, including Johnny Carson, Letterman and Conan O’Brien. “But there’s no question that Colbert has found his voice.”

Now the host is about to take that power out for a high-profile spin.

Though he made an appearance at the Grammys, hosted the Kennedy Center Honors and made a notable breakthrough telling jokes at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Colbert has never hosted one of the major annual awards telecasts. On Sept. 17, he will take a crack at the Emmys. He’s had a pile of jokes at the ready since late August.

He’s well aware, though, that he’s walking a tightrope. The people who tune in to “Late Show” want to hear his take on the headlines, and they know he will rail incessantly at President Trump. But the people who watch the Emmy Awards come from a larger cross-section of the country. They want to laugh, sure, but they may not want the politics.

Colbert thinks he can maintain his balance. “We are storytellers: The story we are telling is what happened on television this year,” he says. “It’s not a political monologue, but you can’t keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year.” He adds: “The biggest story of the year is not ‘Westworld.’ It’s not ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ It’s not Milo Ventimiglia’s luscious abs. That’s not what we cared about,” he says. “The biggest TV star of the year is Donald Trump.”

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No late-night host on broadcast has launched as sustained a campaign against a sitting U.S. president as Colbert. Yes, Seth Meyers, Samantha Bee and Trevor Noah have all made plain they cast a wary eye on the current White House, but Colbert’s daily 11:35 p.m. roost is part of the genre’s first, most potent wave. He comes on after the late local news, the hour most likely to catch the greatest attention.

Even though Carson hosted Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inauguration, viewers never knew where he stood on the issues of the day. Colbert has made his feelings about the president abundantly clear. Fallon has added some politics to his monologue, including a heartfelt callout against the recent Charlottesville fracas, and Jimmy Kimmel has challenged Trump voters in no uncertain terms. Colbert, however, does it night after night. After night.

“I feel like I went on a bender last night,” Colbert says. “But all I did was watch the President of the United States and then watch CNN to see who would burst into tears first, Van Jones or David Gergen. It turned out to be Van Jones, but if David Gergen were capable of expressing human emotion, I think he’d be clawing his own eyes out.”

Colbert rose to renown playing a bombastic, loudmouthed caricature of a TV host on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report,” winning a bucketful of Emmys, but when he talks about Trump, he says he’s speaking from the heart. “We have a team of writers, but I would not tell a joke the intent of which I do not share,” he says, confessing that the news often makes him so upset he wishes he had a show like his that he could watch at the end of the day.

“The story we are telling is what happened on television this year. It’s not a political monologue, but you can’t keep politics out of it, because politics was the biggest TV story this year.”
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But he says it will take more than late-night mockery to truly effect any kind of change in Washington. “Comedy will not stop him,” he says, referring to Trump. “The democratic process — that’s it,” he adds. “The democratic process will stop this guy. It’s the only way. That’s it.” And, he adds, “for the Republican Party to grow a pair. Just drop a ’nad, and do what you know is right. And that won’t happen until they lose the House or the Senate. And then, ‘Katie bar the door.’”

Colbert says his political views were formed in the heat of the Nixon presidency. As an elementary schooler, he would come home only to find that instead of being able to watch “The Munsters” or “The Three Stooges” on TV, all he had to entertain him was the Watergate hearings. “It was on all the channels. I was pissed off, because I didn’t want to watch that and there were no DVRs at the time — until my sister Margo sat me down and explained why it was important,” he says. “She explained to me who Sam Ervin was and what was going on with John Dean.”

Then he was hooked. “I have been a news junkie for a long time, but certainly, a mistrust of power and authority, the ur-distrust, comes from Nixon,” he says.

His newfound success has lent him confidence to mull recalibrating parts of his show. Early in his CBS tenure, “Late Show” featured guests like Apple CEO Tim Cook and former Vice President Joe Biden. Colbert is eager to spark more thoughtful discussions on his stage, perhaps in the back half of the program — after he has led with a better-known celebrity.

He rattles off a list of guests he’d like to have on: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene, George Saunders, Jake Tapper, John Dickerson, Al Franken. The segments, he says, could “expand the palette of what is acceptable in late night.” He’s hopeful that his viewers will embrace discussions with people who energize him personally.

He’s also gearing up for an animated series on Showtime that will feature the cartoon version of President Trump that has appeared on “Late Show,” along with counterparts of Trump family members. Colbert says the 10-episode series, which might debut before the end of the year, will shed light on what happens in the White House when the public isn’t watching. “It’s what you don’t see on camera,” he says, reluctant to give too much away. “It’s about current events, but it’s about the lives of the people who work there.”

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HBO’s recent decision to scrap a proposed animated series from Jon Stewart that would have tackled current events and the news business presents “an opportunity,” says Showtime CEO David Nevins. Thanks to digital technology, staffers will be able to weave in a few minutes of topical humor each episode, he says. “These characters live in a computerized environment, so you can add material at the last second for a certain number of minutes per episode,” he explains. “If we were working on the series this week, we could talk about the hurricanes. We could talk about DACA. We could talk about North Korea.” He suggests the program might have elements of “The Simpsons” and “The Office,” with Trump “somewhere between Michael Scott and Homer.”

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It’s hard to separate Colbert’s ascendancy from the man now living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. So what happens if Trump leaves office? Will “Late Show” lose its edge among the broader audience that has tuned in? Will a competing show less focused on the headlines instead seize the moment?

Leslie Moonves, the CEO of CBS Corp., suggests it’s less that the show is a beneficiary of Trump than the fact that Colbert and Licht had found a center by the time voters went to the polls. “The show had reached a very solid position before the election, and they were ready to take off when the Trump stuff happened,” says Moonves. Even so, he notes, the viewer surge is remarkable. “You don’t see that in late night,” he says. “It’s like trying to turn around a boat.”

Licht, who has had a hand in launching both “Morning Joe” and the current incarnation of “CBS This Morning,” believes the audience is tuning in for Colbert, not for Trump. “We aren’t built to be a Trump show. We are not built to be a political show,” he says. “They are coming to hear what [Colbert] has to say about what’s happening in the world, period.”

Should the Trump era come to an end, Colbert is satisfied that he and the show have hit their stride. “The national conversation has been swallowed by him and he’s in front of the lens all the time. He doesn’t want it to end, and in some ways, we serve the news cycle, we serve the conversation, and whenever that changes we will talk about something else,” he says. “Maybe no one will care about anything else as much as they care about him – on either side – and so that could temper the intense interest in what any of us in late night are doing, because it’s been, you know, I hesitate to use the word ‘good,’ but it has been strong notice across all of the late-night shows,” Colbert says. “If it’s not him, it may temper interest in late night, but I don’t see it ending. But what I know is that no matter what, we will never stop keeping the doors of the show open until the last minute, because now we know what the show is about.”

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That lesson was served up to him under extraordinary circumstances. On election night last year, Colbert hosted a live special on Showtime that, as originally envisioned, was going to have him roll out funny bits and speak to opinionated guests as the tally for the presidency came in. But those plans had to be abandoned. The audience in the Ed Sullivan Theater was not happy with the unfolding news, and the crowd’s fear and surprise colored the evening, turning what should have been an upbeat night into the equivalent of a televised wake. “It feels like an asteroid has smacked into our democracy,” said comedian Jena Friedman, one of the show’s guests. “Get your abortions now.” The audience gasped as Colbert delivered news about voting results from various states. Within 40 minutes, he says, he began drinking bourbon onstage.

Nevins came out from the control room to speak with Colbert while Elle King belted out a song. He says he advised the host to “throw out the script and just emote with the audience. That made him seem very human.” Colbert and Licht say the team agreed to cut the sketches — no one was laughing — and wing it. There were no more bits to rely upon, just guests, their horrified reactions and Colbert’s real-time responses. He didn’t want to end the show until the results of the election were close to being known, and when he did decide to wrap, he delivered an unrehearsed monologue, asking, “How did our politics get so poisonous?”

By the end, he says, he realized he had hit on a new “Late Show” foundation. “The last 10 minutes of that election show were honest. They were honest, and that was a turning point for us,” he says. “After that, we knew I could never do this show without at least attempting to keep my emotional skegs in the water.” Each monologue, he adds, represents “an attempt to be honest with the audience so we can have an intimate relationship.”

Small wonder that Colbert, who for years had to portray that fictional character on Comedy Central, has begun to feel comfortable onstage in his own skin. He has gladly donned the guise of his old friend on occasion for “Late Show” bits, but says he’s ready to just be himself from now on. “I think I have an intimate enough relationship with the audience that they don’t want him between us, do you know what I mean?” he asks. “The last time I did it, they enjoyed it, but I think they enjoy me being me too — and so do I. That’s why I took this gig.”

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  1. Kim-Jong Kardashian says:

    I 100% agree that the Oval Office is sacred, and never should we disparage it with the kind of reckless and unpatriotic “humor” demonstrated by Steven (sic) Colbert.

    That is, unless the person in the sacred Oval Office is an unfit, orange, lying, misogynistic, narcissistic racist with mommy issues and hair coiffed by a cotton candy machine. Then all bets are off. Suck it.

  2. Barfmeister says:

    I agree with everyone else here, because, like them, I am paid to.

  3. Judeth says:

    100% disrespectful, low-life jerk! The office of the President of the United States should be respected, no matter who is president.

  4. Michael John Burger says:

    Michael J
    Stephen Colbert isn’t one bit funny. Thank goodness for other channels and the on/off switch. He is the most disrespectful TV celebrity. If comments were made about Obama that has been made about Trump one would be called racist and every attempt would have been made to remove that individual from television or radio. Stephen Colbert is disgusting and I wish he would leave Television.

  5. Annette Ja says:

    I for one will not be tuning into Stephen Colbert. Stephen may not like the man President Trump is, but Stephen should be respecting the position President Trump holds. Stephen’s lack of respect is not funny.

  6. Chris Beganski says:

    Steven, should walk the streets and see what is out there he is in very protected in his glass house. Trump did not get near the amount of votes that he would have if people who wanted to vote for him did. They listen to all the tv and talk shows and think they are the only person that would vote for him and now they realize they were not alone. So Steve better be carful, most conservatives or Trump supporters don’t tune into late night tv. If Trump were to run again he would win by a landslide. I’m one of those people! It’s becoming very clear what side Hollywood and the late night clowns are on and it’s not on the side of the United States or the American people. Trump is winning and that’s why you see people like Steven step on the gas harder.

  7. Ron Hyland says:

    Went from 60mph to 0mph in not liking you! Awful shame to ride on the back of someone else to get your ratings!

  8. These dipshits pretend to be sooooooo much smarter than us, yet they are so clueless that they have no idea alienating they are. Case in point, this jackal in the comments who calls anybody who supports the president a russian bot. Keep it up dummy.

  9. Teresa M Clark says:

    Was all set for a fun evening, but not watching…it is just not right to bash the President….Colbert only riding on his coattail…sad

  10. Neal Mcelroy says:

    Liberalism VS Americanism These people are one of the many reasons why the Democrats lost. And the more of this activity, the more , the better. The more insane, lunatic, deranged behavior by these losers who cannot accept reality, the better, folks. They’re not helping their cause. They’re only hurting it. They should take their private residence walls down – fire their body guards and come back to reality.

  11. Arline must be the log in name for Stephen Colbert

  12. jameshrust says:

    Don’t watch CBS tonight, or for that matter any night for hosting a show that is making America more dangerous.

  13. Get a real entertainer, one who can find jokes in all the tv shows out there.

  14. max says:

    He’s an attention hound. He will go to any lengths to try to get in and stay in the limelight.

  15. Sandra Walker says:

    There is power in unity, and a house divided will fall. Mr. Colbert has totally disrespected our country’s leadership, and caused as much division in America as the media and protesters have. The importance of his pride and arrogance,ratings and importance became weightier than common decency. You wonder why we have arrogant and disrespectful children? Why would they learn anything other than this from the highly exalted dividers of our nation. One day they will be accountable, and the tables will turn. Not going to be pretty. I hope they enjoy shooting themselves in their own feet.

  16. Paul says:

    Im not watching boycotting that guy.

  17. Louisa says:

    What complete ignoramus chose this sad little dork to host? Viewership plummets at the mere mention of his name, it’s idiotic.

  18. I used to like Colbert. I can’t stand giving him one minute of my time since he decided to support dividing our country. Shame on him.

  19. Mark Wynn says:

    Not watching this year. Colbert has diminished his talent by obsessing on President Trump. Gets tiresome ….

  20. John Rieter says:

    Colbert is a disgrace to our country and the TV station he represents!

  21. Ilyse says:

    will not be watching because it’s Colbert. do not care to hear him rail about the President.

  22. Craig says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Colbert when he was still doing The Colbert Report. He is one of the most down-to-earth and personable celebrities who I have met. He grew up in a middle class town in South Carolina, so to call him out-of-touch is ridiculous. I laugh when I read that he will lose conservative fans because of his Trump jokes. Do they realize that the conservative character he played on The Colbert Report was satire? Maybe not. I for one will definitely be tuning in. He is a smart, savvy host. Judging by the majority of the comments in this thread, it is obvious that many Trump supporters have no sense of humor whatsoever. Nor a sense of irony. The only thing that I will miss when this soon to be short-lived administration is out of the White House is the daily amount of material that they serve up for the comedians and satirists to skewer. Don’t hold back, Stephen!

  23. Linda says:

    I will not watch him EVER. I am tired of political president bashing and wonder why he is still on or doing anything. Even if he stops bashing the Conservatives I won’t watch. He has dug a liberal hole for himself.

    I am looking for a neutral talk show host to make jokes that are not about any particular politician but has material that is funny without all the bashing. Where is that person???

  24. Ruby Elrod says:

    This is why ratings have dropped so dramatically for all the Hollywood award shows. Steven Colbert was on the verge of getting fired because of low ratings until Donald Trump was elected. Now it seems all his “talent” is bashing the President of the United States. If he were bashing Barack Obama when he was president, Colbert would have been fired in a heartbeat. The only ones who are going to watch this program are the progressive left. Those people would rather have elected a woman who was a liar, made millions through her charitable organizations by pay for play. She should have been put in prison by her handling classified information, and this is who you wanted to be President? The elite voted for her, but the common person voted for someone who actually loves this country, and not someone who felt that she was entitled to the office. You have lost your conservative base, and your ratings will continue to bottom out.

  25. Asterisk says:

    Idiot host with no talent, nominees based on how much they bash middle America, the president and anyone not living in LA or New York, dozens of hypocritical, bigoted celebrities patting each other on the back for low rated shows no one watches = WORST Emmy ratings ever. You heard it hear first.

  26. kathleen says:

    I’m tired of Presidential bashing from the entertainment industry and the media. If this is supposed show how Democrats respond to working together for a stronger, better nation, they should hang their heads in shame. I won’t be watching the awards, I’m not entertained by bad behavior.

  27. Terry Sumpter says:

    Ner Do Well comic whom I have never watched or will. He does one thing for sure: Colbert apparently solidifies the base against DEMOCRATS.

  28. Mark St Pierre says:

    I can’t stand Colbert…he’s not even funny. His overwhelming liberal stance takes away from his “comedy”. True comedians should be politically neutral in my opinion.

  29. Bobby G says:

    He is useless and unfunny except to the same sick people who watch SNL

  30. Ann Cromer says:

    I am fed up with his vulgar comments on the President and I will not be watching this garbage.

  31. Mark South says:

    Stephen Colbert is a disgusting human being who does not deserve the success he has obtained. He has only done so by pandering to the pathetic liberal left that infests the movie and television entertainment industry.

  32. Kathryn Diamond says:

    They call him an entertainer. What a joke!!!! Now, Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Carol Burnett, Jerry Lewis, Steve Martin, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, etc. are/were entertainers of the HIGHEST caliber. Cobert is a wanna be, looking to me as a twit. It is better for him to keep his mouth shut and let people think he is stupid than to open it and prove what a stupid fool he is. When David Letterman retired and Cobert took over, I stopped watching after the first few times of watching him TRY to be funny. He is still failing at that miserably. Keep politics out of it unless you are going to bash BOTH parties. Go back to Comedy School and take lessons from those that know how to entertain. They scraped the bottom of the barrel when CBS hired Cobert. Only a self-serving idiot would try to replace David Letterman.

  33. Randy Stone says:

    will not be watching

  34. RENE says:

    THE MINET” A STAR ‘ ‘ OR ATHLETIC GETS POLITICAL THE TV GOES OFF !! THATS NOT ENTRAINMENT THATS LACK OF TALENT NOT TO MENTION RESPECT.

  35. Lesley Lloyd says:

    I want to boycott, but then again I want to call out all of the out of touch Arseholes in Hollywood and NYC. When will they get that middle America only cares about good jobs? Has the industry not picked up on the boycotts by the middle class in middle America that Climate change real or not is not our first concern and I live in central Houston!

    • Arline says:

      Middle America consists almost entirely of ignorant Rubes, racists, misogynists, drug addicts, etc., etc. Can you illustrate the “boycotts” you mention? Didn’t think so.

      • Mike says:

        You are an absolute moron, what makes you think that you are better than the Americans that live in the middle of the USA… You, and people like you, are the problem. Let me guess… You are a teacher or a college professor or a retired one… definitely a Leftist… Socialist… Communist… Un-American… BOT

  36. Moose says:

    Late Show surges? LOL!!!

  37. FuriousA says:

    Clearly Colbert has gotten under the skin of the Russian bots and deplorables who struggle with the English language. His show is not for you. Stick to Two Broke Girls and Duck Dynasty reruns

  38. Moose says:

    Who wants to watch this no-talent cuck?

  39. diane says:

    not going to watch, can’t stand him.

  40. patrick says:

    another professional jackass spouting off. only wandering sycophants care

  41. Mary says:

    Comedy is in the “eye of the beholder” for a lack of a better analogy. People who hide behind their TV, phone and computer think he’s funny. People who go out into the world and expose themselves to reality don’t think he’s funny. He’s not questioning the establishment, he is pandering for an audience and he only has one side. To me, that’s not a true entertainer. Entertainer’s try and entertain a little of everyone. The Emmy’s are for the clicky entertainment world. Can’t believe they are still televised. If I wasn’t working in the business I wouldn’t watch them. They just pat themselves on the back and tell the world how much better and richer they are then us. It’s getting old.

  42. He is the king of monojokes. When are the 1000 people that still watch network TV going to tire of the same bad jokes about Trump? Is there nothing else he can talk about?

  43. callmeBob says:

    Steven King’s (colbert’s) “IT”
    Scary clown…

  44. True Patriot says:

    Not going to watch the Emmy’s this year because of Colbert hosting. No entertainer has the right to bash our president in our Country. We are all americans and should respect our President even if they don’t agree with his policies. They should focus on the arts instead of their liberal agenda. A total disconnect from the american people who work hard and struggle on a daily basis.

    • Lon says:

      A “true patriot” questions the government and calls it out when it fails, because our government is supposed to serve us, the people, not the other way around. I believed that when I joined the Army at age 18, and I believe it now at age 45. It is our job as patriots to keep our government honest and to shine a light on those who would abuse their authority for reasons of bigotry, racism or personal gain.

      Respect is EARNED. It’s not given freely, it isn’t awarded based on title. Trump has not earned our respect. In fact, he seems determined to give us a new reason with each passing day not to respect him. Backing this man blindly based on the fact that he’s our president, ignoring all the harm he’s done and continues to do to our country, doesn’t make you a patriot. It makes you a sheep.

      Incidentally, entertainers, like the rest of the free world, do indeed have the right to bash the president. And it’s not like he doesn’t give them a new reason to with each passing day. There’s this thing called the Constitution, lays out all our rights as Americans. You should read it some day if you haven’t already, it covers all this stuff.

      • First of all, thank you for your service. That being said, if I want to see politics, I’ll tune into a show that is commentary and news. That fact that he is bringing politics into an entertainment show will turn off the majority of the public that wants to be entertained and not lectured to and told that they are despicable. You only have to look at ESPN’s ratings to see what I am talking about.

        As far as yours and Colbert’s rhetoric regarding Trump, it is all unsubstantiated DNC talking points. Give me a line by line example of what you are accusing the president of doing to earn your distrust you can’t.

  45. Spock says:

    Colbert doesn’t have the courage or originality required to be a decent comedian. He clings to what’s safe, sticking obediently to the PC company line, careful never to offend or even surprise his audience. Bashing Trump in front of that audience night after night is the ultimate in conformity. Colbert is about as edgy as Pat Boone.

    • Bobby G says:

      When I joined the military at age 17, I learned quickly how to distinguish between those who were truly represented bigotry and racism and those who didn’t. I learned that it is not necessarily those whom some would want to portray as bigoted and racist. I learned that some of the most powerful voices of bigotry, bias and racism are entities who not so “subtly” drill ideas into the public’s mind until the easily impressed become indoctrinated without their knowledge. The MEDIA is their most powerful tool…the internet is their equalizer.

      I learned that respect need not be earned, it is automatically GIVEN, if you had the right upbringing. Your father or mother need not EARN my respect for me to address them as “Sir” or “Ma’am”. Respect can only be lost AFTER a person has done something which is a betrayal of trust and respect. Blindly accusing the president of having done harm to America and calling his supporters sheep is indicative of a supremacist mode of thinking of the elite Hillary supporters who naively believed what the biased media wanted them to believe…that Hillary would win by double digits…and exactly the reason she lost.

      I would address your last paragraph but it seems when responses make too much sense and destroys the liberal narrative, one is not able to read the rest of the nonsense. But while entertainers do have a right to voice their opinion, people also have the right to reject them. Red Skelton, Carol Burnett and all the old comedians appealed to ALL Americans because they were aware that a great part of their job was to UNITE not divide people. Colbert is no comedian, he simply appeals to the depraved mentality.

  46. Donald Duck says:

    This guy will never come even close to Dave Letterman, because he is not funny.

  47. Cheese Cake says:

    I didn’t need another reason to skip watching this narcissist fest, but “Thanks” libtards at C-B.S. for giving me one. Colbert on Trump is like the ex-gf who stalks you after it’s so over. Bye, Freakisha! #MAGA

  48. Johnson says:

    A no-talent, non-funny idiot. Yeah. smeared lipstick, that’s real-l-l-l funny. Lame ass.

  49. Nancy Berger says:

    Was this written last year? His wishlist of guests have all appeared. Neil degrade Tyson is regular!

  50. Laurel Lane says:

    He’s a one-trick pony. If he can’t rant against the president, he has no show.

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