Stephen Colbert took over as host of The Late Show on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015. Colbert is best known for his work as a television host, writer, actor, and producer, and less known for his highly detailed 8th grade diorama depicting the Battle of Helm’s Deep. It was not for school.
Prior to The Late Show, Colbert helmed The Colbert Report, which aired nearly 1,500 episodes. For reference, that is slightly fewer than the number of seasons of Survivor. The program won two Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series, two Peabody Awards, two GRAMMY Awards® and $68 from Bill Gates’ wallet when he wasn’t looking.
GRAMMY-nominated artist Jon Batiste is the bandleader of The Late Show along with his band, “Stay Human.” Jon is a jazz phenom and in his spare time, he can be heard playing all the jazz notes he DIDN’T play earlier.
On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert covers politics, pop culture and whatever category Trump’s tweets fall into. Sometimes he does it standing up, sometimes he does it sitting down, and one time after the 2016 election, he did it curled up in a ball on the ground.