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.
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Stephen welcomes Will Arnett, Charles Barkley, and actor Max Greenfield.
Stephen welcomes Dr. Phil, creators of "Togetherness" Mark and Jay Duplass, author Michael Eric Dyson, and a musical performance by Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals.
Stephen welcomes William H. Macy, Melissa Rauch, and Isaac Mizrahi.
Stephen welcomes Chelsea Handler, Zosia Mamet, and a musical performance by The Lumineers.
Stephen welcomes Kaley Cuoco from the CBS comedy series "The Big Bang Theory," author and podcast host Dan Savage, and a musical performance by The National.
Stephen welcomes Eva Longoria, Abbi Jacobson & ilana Glazer, and a musical performance by Lucinda Williams.
Stephen welcomes John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance, author Amy Cuddy, and a musical performance John Moreland.
Stephen welcomes Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.
Stephen welcomes Steve Buscemi, actor Benjamin Walker, and a performance by the cast of Broadway's "American Psycho."
Stephen welcomes Kelsey Grammer, Fred Armisen, “Playboy” cover girl Sarah McDaniel, and a musical performance by Ty Segall and the Muggers.
Stephen welcomes astronaut Scott Kelly, U.S. Women's Soccer star Abby Wambach, and comedian Maria Bamford.
Stephen welcomes John Krasinski, Adam Brody, and a musical performance by St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
Stephen welcomes NBA Champion Kevin Love, Jenny Slate, and a musical performance by Dierks Bentley.
Stephen welcomes Chrissy Teigen, comedian Mike Birbiglia, and Adam Savage of “MythBusters."
Stephen welcomes Liam Hemsworth, Ana Gasteyer, and a stand-up comedy performance by Paul Mecurio.
Stephen welcomes Chris Pine, actress Danielle Brooks, Columbia University student Jonah Reider, and a musical performance by Baauer.
Stephen welcomes Tim Daly from the CBS drama series “Madam Secretary," Singer-songwriter Graham Nash, and a musical performance by Jason Isbell .
Stephen welcomes Michael Strahan, Samantha Bee, and a musical performance by Wilco.
Stephen welcomes Ethan Hawke, Tim Meadows, a musical performance by Wilco, and Nile Rodgers sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.
Stephen welcomes David Schwimmer, Pastor Joel Osteen, and a musical performance by M. Ward.
Stephen welcomes Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, and the Ghost Brothers.
Stephen welcomes actress Olivia Munn, T.J Miller, and a musical performance by Father John Misty.
Stephen welcomes Debra Messing, Zachary Quinto, and a musical performance by Violent Femmes.
Stephen welcomes director Spike Lee, Bravo's Andy Cohen, plus a musical performance by Carly Simon.