Stephen Colbert Hits the Big Screen to Promote ‘The Late Show’ Premiere

Stephen Colbert has always seemed larger than life, and now he’s taken to the bigscreen to promote his debut as host of “The Late Show,” starring in an elaborate movie theater trailer that’s currently playing across the country at AMC, Regal and Cinemark chains, in addition to 35 smaller circuits.

Colbert will take over for David Letterman on the latenight staple beginning Sept. 8 on CBS. It was just announced that his first guest will be George Clooney, who was one of Letterman’s last guests during his final run of episodes.

On Thursday, Colbert returned to his old stomping grounds at Comedy Central to bid farewell to mentor Jon Stewart, whose 16-year tenure as host of “The Daily Show” came to an end in a star-studded and nostalgic hour. In addition to Colbert, other notable alums from “The Daily Show,” including John Oliver, Larry Wilmore, Steve Carell and Kristen Schaal, returned for the sendoff. An emotional highlight of the finale came when Colbert went off-script to thank Stewart for his leadership and friendship on behalf of all his colleagues: “You are infuriatingly good at your job, and all of us who were lucky enough to work with you for 16 years are better at our jobs because we got to watch you do yours, and we are better people for having known you,” Colbert told a visibly moved Stewart.

Colbert signed off his own critically acclaimed latenight series (and “Daily Show” spinoff), “The Colbert Report,” last December. Letterman stepped down from his “Late Show” post in May.

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