A comedian, an author and an eccentric billionaire will be among the first guests to chat with Stephen Colbert during his first week as host of CBS’ “Late Show.”
As previously announced, George Clooney and Jeb Bush will be Colbert’s first guests, joining him onstage for his Sept. 8 premiere. Musical performances will be by “Late Show” musical director Jon Batiste and Stay Human as well as what CBS is describing as “special guests.” (Perhaps Colbert himself?)
They’re followed the next night by Scarlett Johansson and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk with a musical performance by Kendrick Lamar. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is the sole guest for the Sept. 10 episode, when Toby Keith is performing. Amy Schumer and Stephen King, along with musicians Troubled Waters, close out the week on Sept. 11.
Colbert recently told journalists at Television Critics Association that he was eager to be interviewing interesting people — or, as he put it, “somebody with something to say” — especially now that he doesn’t have to filter questions through his outlandishly conservative persona from Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report.”
“On the old show I wore the character as lightly as a cap. I could dial it up and down as need be,” Colbert said during TCA. “I’m looking forward to being sincerely interested in what they have to say without having to translate it through an idiot’s mouth.”
“Late Show With Stephen Colbert” premieres at 11:35 p.m. Sept. 8 on CBS.