The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

American late-night talk show
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is an American late-night talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015. Produced by Spartina Productions and CBS Studios, it is the second iteration of CBS' Late Show franchise. The program is taped at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City and airs live to tape in most U.S. markets weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT, as with its competitors Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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Also known as
Late Show (franchise brand)
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Developed by
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Jay Katsir
  • Opus Moreschi
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Written by
Jay Katsir
Opus Moreschi
(co-head writers)
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Presented by
Stephen Colbert
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Starring
Jon Batiste and Stay Human (house band)
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Jen Spyra
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Theme music composer
  • Jon Batiste
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Opening theme
"Humanism" by Stay Human
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Ending theme
"I'm from Kenner"
"The Art of the Bumper"
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Country of origin
United States
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Original language
English
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No. of seasons
5
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No. of episodes
850 (as of December 13, 2019) (list of episodes)
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Running time
46 minutes
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Original release
September 8, 2015 (2015-09-08)
present (present)
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  • Stephen Colbert's first guest as host of the Late Show was actor George Clooney. This was actually the third time Clooney had the honor of being the first guest on a variety show, the first was on The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996) 19 years prior, and the second was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) 12 years prior.
  • Frequently sips from a can of Mountain Dew during commercial breaks.
  • The Ed Sullivan Theater (where the show is taped) underwent an extensive renovation during the time between David Letterman's retirement and Stephen Colbert's debut as host of the Late Show. In addition to the talk show set receiving an overhaul, several architectural features of the theater were restored. The theater's ornate domed ceiling, which had been hidden behind air ducts and sound buffers, was uncovered, and the ornate stained-glass windows, which had been removed and placed in storage during the Letterman era, were re-installed.

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