The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is two shows deep, and it is safe to say that we are totally enamored. Colbert had huge shoes to fill coming into this job. Not only was David Letterman an amazing Late Show host for decades, but Stephen’s previous gig, The Colbert Report, redefined political satire and left viewers wondering if the real Stephen Colbert, the one who would be following in David Letterman’s footsteps, could ever live up to the “narcissistic conservative pundit” he played for years on Comedy Central. All that wondering seems to have been for naught: the real Colbert is amazing too.
The first episode catered to old fans and new, with cameos from Jon Stewart and Jimmy Fallon, interviews with George Clooney and Jeb (!) Bush, and a clever lampooning of Donald Trump, comparing media coverage of his antics to overeating Oreos: even the smartest comedians and commentators can’t resist!
The second episode opened with Colbert explaining that the previous night’s show almost didn’t make it to air, and featured Scarlett Johansson, Elon Musk (who Colbert described as the real Iron Man, and then as a supervillain), and Kendrick Lamar. The episode was sprinkled with weird and wacky bits that define Colbert’s silly theatrical style, and showed us a host who was much less nervous that he was on his first night.
In short, Colbert is quickly getting his sea legs at CBS, and we think that he is set to redefine late night in the exact same way he did satire. Stay tuned!