Stephen Colbert Debuts New Late Night Show With Jeb Bush

Stephen Colbert returns to the air tonight with his debut of The Late Show. His first guest will be GOP candidate Jeb Bush.

Colbert’s new program will feature many political figures, such as Bush, Bernie Sanders and others.

Tonight’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert will have the familiar, and unfamiliar, for those who will follow the Comedy Central star over to network television.

Gone is “Stephen Colbert,” the character who took on the Bill O’Reilly-esque stances of late night television, mocking conservatives by being a caricature of one. Instead, there will be Stephen Colbert, the veteran funny man who has a strong understanding of politics, faith and what today’s 18-35 demographic wants in late night television.

“I mean, it’s understandable — I worked really hard to be that other guy for ten years,” Colbert said on CBS Sunday Morning. “I hope they’ll find out pretty quickly that the guy they saw for 10 years was my sense of humor the whole time. I’m not just a pundit – I’m a comedian. It is, I guess, flattering that people thought I was an actual pundit or a newsman, eventually, over the years. But it’s really nice not to have to pretend it any more.”

Colbert’s lineup shows that he is still ready to take on the serious with his own comedic twist. His first political guest will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is running for the Republican nomination for president. He follows that up with Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer on Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on September 17 and Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on September 18.
On announcing Bush as his first guest, Colbert joked “My first GOP candidate! Luckily I do 200 shows a year, so I think I can fit them all.” Bush did not take long to get into the act, replying that it was possible, but only if he books two candidates a show. Colbert admitted he loves the idea of the talk show format with interviews dominating the hour.
“I was never a standup, I’m an improviser, and so for me the joy is, what’s going to happen between the two of us for the next six or eight minutes? That’s the reason to continue to do a talk show for me, is the talk.  Jon (Stewart of The Daily Show fame) didn’t like it,” Colbert said.
Don’t think Colbert’s program is all politics, though. He also has Amy Schumer, Steven King and Kendrick Lamar lined up, to name a few entertainers.



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Justin Shimko
Justin Shimko is an award-winning former reporter for a number of news organizations in his past life. He started working for The Oklahoma Daily and briefly worked for The Daily Oklahoman and the Associated Press before joining Oklahomans for Jobs Now as a communications contributor. After his time in Oklahoma, Justin took his writing skills across the country, working for a variety of organizations before settling in the Chicagoland Area where he is now a consultant for a number of organizations and editor of American Daily News. He is the recipient of a number of SPJ awards for his writing on politics and government while working in Oklahoma, as well as recognition by the Columbia School of Journalism. Justin received his degree from the University of Oklahoma with additional study work completed at Georgetown University.

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