Stephen Colbert targets Donald Trump, plugs hummus in first 'Late Show' monologue
Stephen Colbert took his new post as CBS' Late Night host Tuesday evening.
Comedy Central's former Colbert Report anchor opened the late-night show (David Letterman relinquished his headlining hosting duties after 22 seasons on May 20) by running to the stage with a standing ovation from the audience and upbeat number from the band.
In his introductory video, he sang the national anthem in numerous locations throughout the United States, including a baseball field, Lucky Strike bowling (he bowled a strike), grass fields and a metal shop, among others.
Bedecked in a blue suit, he thanked audiences for attending as they chanted "Stephen" while clapping and cheering him to the stage.
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"If I knew you were going to do that, I would have come out here months ago," he joked. "I am so excited to be here right now. I am also excited to be at home six hours from now watching this on TV." He continued with a quip about the recent Ashley Madison hack, "I begin to search for the real Stephen Colbert. I just hope I don't find him on Ashley Madison."
He told fans that he is "a first generation Letterman fan" and "for the record, I am not replacing David Letterman ... We will try to honor his achievement."
Jimmy Fallon also chimed in to Colbert's show with a video clip: "Have a great show, buddy. See you in the locker room."
CBS' Les Moonves sat in the audiences in a chair with a lever that had The Mentalist on one side and Late Show on the other and teased that he would switch shows depending on the Colbert's hosting abilities.
As Colbert was showing off his new studio, featuring various memorabilia, including the Captain America shield he brandished at the end of the Colbert Report, he pointed out a cursed amulet. Colbert explained that, as the amulet started to growl, in exchange for getting the show, he made a vow to an evil entity, whose full name he said he couldn't say because then the being would appear and "feast on the blood of the innocent," which he's "saving for sweeps." And the deal means he must make "certain regrettable compromises."
As viewers soon discovered as the growling continued, such compromises include plugging Sabra hummus, to which Colbert gave two quick shout-outs.
He then proceeded to joke about the presidential candidates. "Even though I have Jeb Bush on the show later tonight, I will be covering all the presidential candidates," he said, showing a circled photo of Trump, Bush and Hillary Clinton.
"Donald, the Trump, is at it again," he said, referencing a video about Trump's comments about Nabisco. "Donald Trump is swearing off of Oreos," Colbert said tearing an Oreo apart and dumping it in milk and later stuffing his face with Oreos.
"That is the only Trump story I'll be treating myself to tonight — well, maybe just one more," he joked about Trump's comments on a border wall between Mexico and the U.S.
George Clooney then took the stage and said to Colbert, "Big night, big show," before wiping off Colbert's face with a napkin that had Oreo cookie on it. "I am just here to see you and I think that's why everybody else is here," he said in reference to not having a show or project to publicize.
The two first discussed his work about bringing attention to the Darfur genocide: "My feeling was I can bring attention and make it louder ... It was a very hard thing to put on the map and keep on the map."
Colbert then joked about him being the "arm candy" of wife Amal Clooney, the actor admitting that said he's mostly "shiny" and "pretty." "It's going really well," he said of his first year of marriage.
Colbert then brought out a Tiffany blue box — joking that he didn't attend, and wasn't invited, to the couple's wedding — that contained an engraved "I don't know you" paperweight. "That's just to remind you that we don't know each other," Colbert said to Clooney.
"It's easier to come on these shows when you do have something to push," Clooney said before a comedic moment of silence between the host and actor.
"We could pretend that you have a movie right now," Colbert quipped, breaking the silence before a video of "Decision Strike" played of Clooney in the film spoof. "I was the director and I wrote it," Clooney joked before another clip played.
"I did my own sex. In fact, I do all of my own stunts. I feel the audience deserves it," Clooney said as more footage of "Decision Strike" aired.
Jeb Bush will join him later in the show, which the host teased about the GOP candidate, "This is the rare TV appearance where he doesn't have to share the stage with 16 other people".
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