The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is a late night talk show that is aired on CBS. It first hit the air on September 8, 2015. The first guests that appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert were actor George Clooney and United States presidential hopeful, the former Governor of Florida in Jeb Bush.

Colbert replaced long time host of The Late Show in David Letterman. Letterman was the host of The Late Show With David Letterman for 22 years on CBS. For 11 years before that the show aired on NBC.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Before Colbert came to become the host of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, he was the host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. When Colbert took over the job as the host of The Late Show, he brought the biggest part of his Colbert Report production team with him. Former Comedy Central colleague and fellow show host Jon Stewart is also a part of the The Late Show With Stephen Colbert production team. Stewart is an executive producer of the show.

The format of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is nearly similar to that of the David Letterman version. Colbert has a wide range of guests from actors, musicians, and top politicians of the day. One major difference is the house band for the show. The CBS Orchestra from the David Letterman show has been replaced with bandleader Johnathan Batiste and his Stay Human band.

Daily 11:35 PM et/pt on CBS
7 Seasons, 949 Episodes
September 8, 2015
Talk & Interview
Cast: Stephen Colbert, Jonathan Batiste, Stay Human

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Full Episode Guide

  • Guest includes J.K. Simmons

  • Guests include Sharon Stone, Rob Riggle, Fall Out Boy

  • Guests include Ricky Gervais, Matt Czuchry, Jon Bon Jovi

  • Guests include Jon Bon Jovi, Daniel Kaluuya, Ben Sinclair

  • Guests include John Lithgow, Chuck Schumer, Black Eyed Peas

  • Guest include Laurie Metcalf

  • Guests include Molly Shannon, Thomas Lennon, Owen Smith

  • Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, comic Pete Holmes; Jack Black performs.

  • Actor James Franco; actress Lena Waithe; Anderson East performs.

  • Stephen welcomes astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  • Stephen welcomes rapper 50 Cent, actress Rachel Brosnahan, and comic Gary Vider.

  • Stephen welcomes America Ferrera, actor David Harbour, and musical performance by Julien Baker.

  • Anderson Cooper; Maz Jobrani, from the CBS comedy "Superior Donuts"; musical performance by Margo Price

  • Jodie Foster

  • Adam Driver, John Early

  • Nick Jonas, Dennis Rodman

  • Tom Hanks, Katy Tur, Mac DeMarco

  • Matt Damon, Rahm Emanuel, Juanes

  • Mark Hamill

  • Sarah Paulson, John Hodgman

  • Ed Helms, Christopher Jackson, Bleachers

  • Saoirse Ronan, Van Jones, Morrissey

  • Billy Bush, Gwendoline Christie

  • Carol Burnett, Lewis Black

  • Kate Winslet, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Wolf Alice

  • Justin Timberlake; Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Carmen Yulín Cruz.

  • Gayle King, Elton John

  • Benjamin Bratt, Daveed Diggs, Gregory Porter

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Desus & Mero, Vic Mensa

  • Norah O'Donnell, co-anchor of "CBS This Morning"; musical performance by Dead & Company.

  • Ben Affleck; Greta Gerwig; musical performance by Dead & Company.

  • Jordan Peele; Alia Shawkat; stand-up comedy performance by Paul Mecurio.

  • Tyler Perry; Anthony Atamanuik; Journalist John Avlon.

  • 47th Vice President Joe Biden will return to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. International superstar Elton John, whose new greatest hits album Diamonds will be released on Nov. 10, will also join Colbert for an interview and a performance in his first appearance on The Late Show.

  • William H. Macy

  • Louis C.K.; Jay Pharoah; musical performance by Rationale.

  • Norman Reedus; Sean Astin; stand-up comedy performance by Pat McGann

  • Jason Segel; Jeff Fager, executive producer of, and Lesley Stahl, correspondent for CBS's "60 Minutes"; musical performance by Mavis Staples

  • Josh Gad; Lawrence O'Donnell; Magician Derek DelGaudio

  • Jeremy Piven, from the new CBS drama "Wisdom of the Crowd"; Author Walter Isaacson; musical performance by Kelsea Ballerini

  • Whoopi Goldberg, Kathryn Hahn, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile

  • Nicole Kidman; Jonathan Groff; Author Walter Isaacson.

  • Mark Ruffalo; Chris Matthews; Gilbert Gottfried; Thundercat sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

  • Billy Eichner; Anna Camp; musical performance by Weezer.

  • Tonight's guests are Phil McGraw, Fleet Foxes

  • Tonight's guests are Julianne Moore, Jermaine Fowler, Scott Kelly

  • Tonight's guests are Hugh Laurie, Gretchen Carlson, Adam Savage, Michael Stevens

  • Tonight's guests are Jake Tapper, Shemar Moore, Khalid

  • Tonight's guests are Anna Faris, Amy Sedaris, Tyminski

  • Tonight's guests are Conan O'Brien, Derek DelGaudio

  • Tonight's guests are Bill Murray, Claire Foy, Jan Vogler

  • Tonight's guests are Andrew Garfield, Tracy Ullman, Wolf Parade

  • Tonight's guests are Tracee Ellis Ross, Luke Evans, Jade Bird

  • Stephen welcomes actor Jackie Chan, journalist Bob Schieffer, and musician Trombone Shorty sitting in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human. (TV-14 D, L)

  • Tonight's guest is Kathy Bates

  • Tonight's guests are Morgan Freeman, Grace Gummer, Nate McIntosh

  • Stephen welcomes actress Kerry Washington, author Russell Brand, and a performance by St. Vincent.

  • Tonight's guests are Michael Weatherly, Natasha Leggier, and Paul Weller.

  • Tonight's guests are TBA.

  • Tonight's guest is comic Jerry Seinfeld.

  • Tonight's guests are Steve Martin, Mark Feuerstein, Steep Canyon Rangers.

  • Tonight's guests are Nick Kroll, Michael Bloomberg, Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim.

  • Tonight's guests are Sofia Vergara, David Boreanaz, Ken Burns.

  • Tonight's guests are Sterling K. Brown, Chance the Rapper.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Bobby Moynihan and actress Tatiana Maslany.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Jim Parsons, actress Pamela Adlon, and a performance by The Killers.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Jeff Bridges, Senator Jeff Flake, and a performance by Miguel.

  • Stephen welcomes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and actress Emma Stone.

  • The Late Show's second anniversary special.

  • Stephen's take on the news of the day; actress Jessica Biel.

  • Stephen welcomes Senator Bernie Sanders, actress Caitriona Balfe, and a musical performance by The National.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Liev Schreiber, sportscaster Joe Buck, actress Sonequa Martin-Green, and Sheila E. sits in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, comedian Graham Norton, and a musical performance by Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

  • Anthony Scaramucci, Tiffany Haddish; Best Moments of the Week, with a Newly-Recorded Opening & Monologue

  • Stephen welcomes TV host John Dickerson, actor Michael Rapaport, and Grizzly Bear performs.

  • Stephen welcomes actress Ellie Kemper, actor Andrew Dice Clay, and actor Peter Serafinowicz.

  • Stephen welcomes actor Daniel Craig, actress Tiffany Haddish, and Blackberry Smoke performs.

  • Tonight's guests are TBA.

  • Dave Chappelle, Chris O'Dowd; Best Moments of the Week, with a Newly-Recorded Opening & Monologue

  • Tonight's guests are Millie Bobby Brown, Jim Jefferies, Zeshan B.

  • Tonight's guests are Robert Pattinson, David Tennant, Niecy Nash.

  • Tonight's guests are Christoph Waltz, Chris O'Dowd, Sean Evans.

  • Tonight's guests are Laura Dern, Leah Remini, Trombone Shorty

  • Senator Al Franken, Rock Legend Joe Walsh; Best Moments of the Week, with a Newly-Recorded Opening & Monologue.

  • Tonight's guests are Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Arcade Fire.

  • Tonight's guests are Dave Chappelle, James Van Der Beek, Joe Walsh.

  • Tonight's guests are Sen. Al Franken, Adam Conover, Randy Newman.

  • Tonight's guests are Matthew McConaughey, Vanessa Bayer.

  • Charlie Rose and Jessica Williams; Best Moments of the Week, with a Newly-Recorded Opening & Monologue

  • Tonight's guests are Samantha Bee, Gillian Jacobs, Spoon.

  • Tonight's guests are Michael Moore,Sutton Foster, 6LACK.

  • Tonight's guests are Charlie Rose, Jessica Williams, Max Brooks.

  • Tonight's guests are Paul Bettany, Laura Benanti, and Tyler, The Creator.

  • Tonight's guests are Kenneth Branagh, Cara Delevingne. Russia Week ends.

  • Tonight's guests are Jason Bateman, Muse. Russia Week continues.

  • Tonight's guests are James McAvoy, Matteo Lane. Russia Week continues with Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov interviewed.

  • Tonight's guests are Keegan-Michael Key, Cillian Murphy and Russia Week continues.

  • Tonight's guests are Al Gore, Issa Rae, Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, James McAlister. Russia Week begins.

  • Featuring from this week are John Oliver, Woody Harrelson, and Emmylou Harris (singing); Best Moments of the Week, with a Newly-Recorded Opening & Monologue.

  • Actor Ashton Kutcher; actor Rob Corddry; The New Pornographers perform.

  • TV host John Oliver; comic Mike Birbiglia; actor Michael Showalter.

  • Tonight's guests are Woody Harrelson, Cobie Smulders, Emmylou Harris & Her Red Dirt Boys.

  • Tonight's guests are Michael Keaton, John McEnroe.

  • Tonight's guests are Naomi Watts, Ari Graynor, Swet Shop Boys.

  • Tonight's guests are Josh Duhamel, Justin Bartha, Brian Greene.

  • Tonight's guests are Eric Stonestreet, John McEnroe, Lillie Mae.

  • Tonight's guests are Michael Keaton, Zoe Kazan, Tom Shillue.

  • Tonight's guests are Jeffrey Tambor, John Benjamin Hickey, Lake Street Dive.

  • Tonight's guests are Ice Cube, Marc Maron, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.

  • Tonight's guests are Seth Rogen, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band.

  • Tonight's guests are Scarlett Johansson, Bill Burr, Fleet Foxes.

  • Tonight's guests are Milo Ventimiglia, Judy Greer, Keith Alberstadt.

  • Tonight's guests are Trevor Noah, Ilana Glazer, Sam Richardson.

  • Tonight's guests are Olivia Wilde, Eddie Izzard, Nick Cave.

  • Tonight's guests are Uzo Aduba, T.J. Miller, Oliver Stone.

  • Tonight's guests are Jim Gaffigan, Anna Chlumsky, Louie Anderson.

  • Tonight's guests are John Mulaney, Richard Branson, Halsey.

  • Tonight's guests are Tilda Swinton, Andy Cohen, Jordan Klepper.

  • Tonight's guests are Salma Hayek, Hasan Minhaj, Feist.

  • Tonight's guests are Kevin Hart, Ali Wentworth, The War on Drugs.

  • Tonight's guests are Gordon Ramsay, David Sedaris, the Pixies.

  • Tonight's guests are Oscar Isaac, Laurie Metcalf, April Ryan.

  • Tonight's guests are Robin Wright, Hannibal Buress, Paul Simon, Bill Frisell.

  • Tonight's guests are Kevin Spacey, Terry Crews, Rob Huebel.

  • Tonight's guests are Rachel Maddow, Ben Platt.

  • Tonight's guests are Jennifer Garner, Demetri Martin, Paula Poundstone.

  • Tonight's guests are Ricky Gervais, Corey Hawkins, The xx.

  • Tonight's guests are Julie Chen, Matt Walsh, David Ortiz.

  • Tonight's guests are Brad Pitt, Gina Rodriguez, Ben Falcone, The Jesus and Mary Chain.

  • Tonight's guests are Danny McBride, Jane Krakowski, Metallica.

  • Actor Tracy Morgan; actor Timothy Simons; Dan Auerbach performs.

  • Actress Mayim Bialik; actor Andy Karl; comic Ramy Youssef.

  • Actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally; actor Aaron Taylor Johnson; Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds perform.

  • Comic Jon Stewart; TV host Samantha Bee; TV host John Oliver; actor Ed Helms; actor Rob Corddry.

  • Tonight's guests are TBA.

  • Tonight's guests are Richard Gere, Maria Bamford, Perfume Genius.

  • Tonight's guests are Charles Barkley, Debra Winger.

  • Tonight's guests are Jim Parsons, Jeff Garlin, Paul Scheer.

  • Tonight's guests are Amy Schumer, Gabourey Sidibe.

  • Tonight's guests are Chris Pratt, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ryan Adams.

  • Tonight's guests are Tom Hanks, Anna Baryshnikov.

  • Tonight's guests are LL Cool J, Phillipa Soo, Gorillaz.

  • Tonight's guests are America Ferrera, Thomas Middleditch, Dave & Virginia Grohl, Preservation Hall Band.

  • Tonight's guests are John Legend, Kelly Osbourne, Dr. John.

  • Tonight's guests are Allison Janney, Sheryl Sandberg, Marty Stuart.

  • Tonight's guests are Rosario Dawson, Ren?e Elise Goldsberry, Moshe Kasher.

  • Tonight's guests are Elisabeth Moss, Anthony Atamanuik, Sheryl Crow.

  • Tonight's guests are Rose Byrne, Lewis Black, PJ Harvey.

  • Tonight's guests are Alec Baldwin, Charlamagne Tha God, Moshe Kasher.

  • Tonight's guests are Jennifer Hudson, Chris Hayes, Christian Borle.

  • Tonight's guests are Mandy Patinkin, Zosia Mamet, Jerrod Carmichael.

  • Tonight's guests are Jessica Lange, Bassem Youssef, Judy Gold.

  • Stephen welcomes Sigourney Weaver;Jon Favreau; Jon Lovett; Tommy Vietor; and a special appearance by Steve Martin.

  • Tonight's guests are Louis C.K., Ernie Johnson Jr., Father John Misty.

  • Tonight's guests are Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Esposito, Joey Bada$$.

  • Tonight's guests are Susan Sarandon, Joey McIntyre, Robert Klein.

  • Tonight's guests are Marisa Tomei, Hugh Dancy, Broken Social Scene.

  • Tonight's guests are Emma Roberts, Ken Jeong, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley.

  • Tonight's guests are Hank Azaria, Kate Walsh, Circus 1903.

  • Tonight's guests are Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Jay Chandrasekhar, Aimee Mann.

  • Tonight's guests are Glenn Close, Michael McKean, H. Jon Benjamin.

  • Tonight's guests are Ryan Reynolds, Josh Lucas, Andy Daly, Green Day.

  • Tonight's guests are Bryan Cranston, Audra McDonald, Greer Barnes.

  • Actor Kevin Kline; actor Jerrod Carmichael; retired Gen. Michael Hayden.

  • Tonight's guests include Hugh Jackman, Condola Rashad, The Flaming Lips

  • Tonight's guests include Patrick Stewart, Chris Colfer, Roy Wood Jr.

  • Tonight's guests include Lisa Kudrow, Josh Earnest, Tony Rock.

  • Tonight's guests include Connie Britton, Zoey Deutch, Lori McKenna.

  • Tonight's guests include Allison Williams, Cush Jumbo, Carmen Lynch.

  • Tonight's guests include Aubrey Plaza, Bradley Whitford, Lupe Fiasco.

  • Tonight's guests include Kelly Ripa, Billy Gardell, The Lemon Twigs.

  • Tonight's guests include Joe Scarborough, Kate Upton, Yvette Nicole Brown.

  • Tonight's guests include Uma Thurman, Jason Jones, Alison Krauss.

  • Actor Robert De Niro; documentary producer Ezra Edelman; Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White sit in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

  • Dr. Phil; singer Michael Bolton; Maren Morris performs.

  • Actress Idina Menzel; actress Rachel Bloom; comic Louie Anderson.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert News

Late-Night Hosts Go After Trump for Cyberbullying a Senator

Trump's tacky tweet about Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was plenty mock-worthy for Stephen Colbert and his peers.

TV Hosts Have Fun with Trump's Second-Place 'Person of the Year' Finish

Jordan Klepper and Stephen Colbert poked fun at the president for falling short of making the cover of Time magazine.

Late-Night Hosts Take Trump to First Amendment School

Kimmel, Meyers and Colbert answered the president's question about when it's appropriate to revoke the broadcast license of a network that reports news you don't like.

Stephen Colbert Donates $1 Million to Puerto Rico from #PuberMe Campaign

The 'Late Show' host and a crowd of celebrities stepped up to give aid to the devastated American territory.

David Letterman Comes Out of Retirement for Netflix

The former late-night host will try his hand at a talk show on the streamer.

Stephen Colbert Mocks Anthony Scaramucci's Profane Rant

The 'Late Show' host was dismayed at the White House Communications Director's profanity-filled attack on his own co-workers.

Trump's Transgender Ban Draws Late Night Jabs

Condemnation of the president's tweeted policy was universal among late-night TV hosts.

Stephen Colbert Goes Inside Trump's Infamous Russian Hotel Suite

'The Late Show' toured the suite where some disturbing stuff allegedly went down.

Colbert Slams Don Jr. and Eric Trump at the Same Time

"We always thought you were the dumb one," he said of Eric.

Fallon Beats Colbert, At Least For a Week

Stephen Colbert's ratings have been strong since Trump was elected president.

Stephen Colbert Goes to Russia

The late-night host is taking his production international.

View More News View More Activity

Review The Late Show with Stephen Colbert