Improv actor and comic Stephen Colbert leaves his "The Colbert Report" character behind as he makes his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York -- Colbert talks to actors, athletes, politicians, comics, artists and musicians as himself for the first time. Loyal fans, however, will also be treated to consistency as Colbert remains backed by many members of his writing and digital team from his former venture. Julliard-trained Jon Batiste serves as the bandleader.
Stephen welcomes journalist Bob Woodward and a musical performance by Luke Combs.
Stephen welcomes signer Janelle Monae and journalist Jacob Soboroff.
Stephen welcomes actress Drew Barrymore and a musical performance by Lang Lang.
Stephen welcomes actress Sarah Paulson and a musical performance by PJ Morton.
Stephen welcomes Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster and actor Laurence Fishburne.
Stephen welcomes TV hosts Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, and a musical performance by Jake Isaac.
Stephen welcomes actor Jeff Daniels and a performance by Yusuf / Cat Stevens.
Stephen welcomes Rep. Katie Porter and sports analyst Tony Romo.
Stephen welcomes singer Mariah Carey and a musical performance by Rex Orange County.
Stephen welcomes Senator Cory Booker and a musical performance by Public Enemy.
Stephen welcomes actor John Lithgow and journalist Jonathan Alter.
Stephen welcomes actor Ethan Hawke and Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann.
Stephen welcomes CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. LaPook and CBS News political analyst John Dickerson.
Stephen welcomes singer Jon Bon Jovi for an interview and a musical performance.
Stephen welcomes actor Jerry Seinfeld and a musical performance by Ella Mai.
Stephen welcomes Mayor Pete Buttigieg and a musical performance by Future Islands.
Stephen welcomes actress Mindy Kaling and Former CIA Director John Brennan.
Stephen welcomes the stars and creator of “The West Wing”: Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, and Aaron Sorkin.
Stephen welcomes singer Dolly Parton and a musical performance by Ty Dolla $ign.
Stephen welcomes singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen and actress Eva Longoria.
Stephen welcomes Governor Andrew Cuomo and a musical performance by Matt Berninger.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: 2020 Campaign Coverage Special hosted by Sam Waterston.
Stephen welcomes actor Sacha Baron Cohen and musician Jeff Tweedy.
Stephen welcomes medial reporter Dr. Sanjay Gupta and author Sarah Cooper.
Stephen welcomes politician Jaime Harrison, plus an interview with and a musical performance by Elvis Costello.
Stephen welcomes actress Julia Andrews, political analyst Amy Walter with a musical performance by Sam Smith.
Stephen welcomes actor Jon Stewart and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Stephen welcomes TV Host John Oliver, singer Cher, plus a musical performance by Jojo.
Stephen welcomes CNBC's Chief general anchor Shepard Smith, and a musical performance by Leon Bridges and Lucky Daye.
Stephen welcomes comedian Larry Wilmore and a musical performance by Laura Benanti.
Network presentation of The Late Show's Showtime Election Night Special, The hosts of "The Circus": Alex Wagner, John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon, Charlamagne Tha God, Jena Friedman, Maz Jobrani, and a musical performance by Arcade Fire.
Stephen welcomes politician Stacey Abrams and actor Thomas Middleditch.
Stephen welcomes actor Hugh Grant and singer Sturgill Simpson.
Stephen welcomes actress Olivia Colman, actress Gillian Anderson, singer Kylie Minogue.
Stephen welcomes filmmaker Michael Moore, singer Sara Bareilles and a special appearance by actor Steve Carell.
Stephen welcomes American Journalist Jake Tapper, and a musical performance by BENEE.
Stephen welcomes Formula 1 racing driver Lewis Hamilton, and a musical performance by Andrea Bocelli.
Stephen welcomes actor Matthew McConaughey and actor Cedric the Entertainer.
Stephen welcomes actor LL Cool J, from the CBS drama NCIS: Los Angeles, musician Dave Grohl and a musical performance by Foo Fighters.
Glenn Close, Kane Brown, Swae Lee, Khalid
Rob Corddry, John Lithgow, Chef José Andrés
President Barack Obama, Vol. 2
Bryan Cranston, Cori Bush
Kate Winslet, Michael Eric Dyson
Christopher Krebs, Aubrey Plaza
Common, Andrea Bocelli
Meryl Streep, Chris Stapleton
John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, Greta Van Fleet
Rachel Maddow, Megan Thee Stallion
James Corden, Fleet Foxes
New Zealand Special
Chance The Rapper, Christopher Walken, Laura Benanti
Whoopi Goldberg, Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen
Tom Hanks, Leslie Odom Jr.
Joseph R. Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Jon Batiste
Stacey Abrams, RuPaul Charles, Maren Morris
Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anya Taylor-Joy
Amy Klobuchar, Adam Kinzinger, Jamila Woods
Rachel Brosnahan, Julien Baker
George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, The Mountain Goats
Chris Rock, Aubrey Plaza, Joss Stone
James Comey, Lili Reinhart
Samantha Bee, Paul Mescal
Bernie Sanders, FINNEAS
John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon & Alex Wagner, The War On Drugs
Cory Booker, Laura Benanti, Infinity Song
Jason Segel, Black Pumas
Jon Lovett, Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, Peter CottonTale, Chance the Rapper, Cynthia Erivo, Chicago Children's Choir, Kofi Lost
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Derek DelGaudio, Frank Oz