Tonight’s guests: Bernie the senator, the amazing Lupita, and the ballet dancers

Tonight’s guests: Bernie the senator, the amazing Lupita, and the ballet dancers

It’s Friday, and Colbert’s closing out the week with a pow, a bam and a zot! It’s a jam-packed night with Lupita Nyong’o, actress extraordinaire; Bernie Sanders, Democratic Party candidate; and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon with ballet stars Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild. With a smorgasbord of minds and talent like that, you won’t be going to bed hungry. Metaphorically, of course. Make sure you eat properly – as amazing as it is, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is not a good substitute for a proper dinner.

Lupita Nyong’o

attend the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
Lupita Nyong’o at the Oscars Governors Ball in 2014 (Getty Images).

Lupita Nyong’o hasn’t worked a lot – but what she’s done has blown us away! Her most notable role to date is in Steve McQueen’s (the alive one, not the dead one) 2013 period drama 12 Years a Slave, in which she plays Patsey, an African-American slave in 1850s Louisiana. Although this was her first major film role, she was so powerful in it that she got to take home one of those little golden men – you know, the ones they inscribe with “Best Supporting Actress.” Her upcoming film roles include Star Wars: The Force Awakens as space pirate Maz Kanata, and Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book as the voice of Mowgli’s adopted wolfmother (the literary one, not the rock band) Raksha. How exciting is that?

Bernie Sanders

MANASSAS, VA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Thousands of people gather to hear Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a campaign rally at the Prince William County Fairground September 14, 2015 in Manassas, Virginia. Sanders addressed 12,000 students at Christian Liberty University earlier in the day. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2015 (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).

Vying for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential elections, Bernie Sanders is Hilary Clinton’s biggest obstacle, and vice-versa. He’s been the senator of Vermont since 2007, but his career in politics goes way further back, to the early 1970s – with his first office being mayor of Burlington, Vermont from 1981 to 1989. As a potential presidential candidate, Sanders’ platform relies heavily on social programs and rights, income and tax reform, and climate change programs. But enough about that – the important question on Colbert fans’ minds is “will he be funny?”

Christopher Wheeldon, Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12:  Leanne Cope, Christopher Wheeldon, and Robert Fairchild onstage at "An American In Paris" Broadway opening night at Palace Theatre on April 12, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Leanne Cope, Christopher Wheeldon, and Robert Fairchild onstage at “An American In Paris” Broadway opening night at Palace Theatre on April 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

These three are probably going to appear together – otherwise a ballet choreographer and two dancers booked on the same evening would be a really odd coincidence. Christopher Wheeldon is a renowned English choreographer, having worked on stage adaptations to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, An American in Paris, and many, many more. Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild are dancers, and have starred in Wheeldon’s An American in Paris. So, what do these three bring to The Late Show? If we’re lucky, it will be some really rocking ballet that will make Breakin’ 2: Electric Bugaloo look like a 1990s LifeCall commercial (but come on, like it needs help).

So there’s your Friday! We’re excited to see what it has in store, and hope you are too! Come back next week for more of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, airing 11:35 et/pt on Global!

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