Tonight’s guests: an NBC news anchor, the Archbishop of Miami, an everyman comic, a British author and two choirs

Tonight’s guests: an NBC news anchor, the Archbishop of Miami, an everyman comic, a British author and two choirs

It sounds like the set up to a joke, and it is, if the punch line is a jam-packed evening of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. There are a lot of guests to cover, so down to brass tacks!

Maria Shriver

SAN SIMEON, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Honorary Co-Chair Maria Shriver speaks onstage at the Hearst Ranch Barbeque, Celebration and Concert during the Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge at Hearst Ranch on September 12, 2015 in San Simeon, California.  (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
 Maria Shriver onstage at the Hearst Ranch Barbeque, September 12, 2015 in San Simeon, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Ms. Shriver is a Peabody-winning journalist and current anchor on NBC News. Her television work on both women’s issues and mental health issues is highly regarded, and she can prove it with her two Emmy awards for producing The Alzheimer’s Project, a four-part documentary series on HBO. She is also known for her connection to American political dynasties: she is both a Kennedy (yes, of the Kennedys) and one-time first lady of California through her former marriage to ex-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Jim Gaffigan

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09:  Comedian Jim Gaffigan speaks during SiriusXM's Unmasked With Jim Gaffigan hosted by Ron Bennington at Caroline's On Broadway on July 9, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Comedian Jim Gaffigan speaks during SiriusXM’s Unmasked, July 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

A celebrated “clean comic,” Jim Gaffigan’s everyman style is a refreshing delight in a sea of foul-mouthed comics (many of whom are delightful themselves, but in the “turn down the volume so the kids don’t hear” kind of way). While he’s been joking in the stand-up circuit since 1991, you might recognize him as a day player or recurring guest on some of your favourite TV shows, such as Sex in the City, That 70s Show, Flight of the Conchords and Friends. Currently he writes, produces and stars in a comedy series loosely based on his life, The Jim Gaffigan Show, on TV Land.

Andrew Sullivan 

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Andrew Sullivan speaking at a panel on April 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

Author, columnist and blogger, Mr. Sullivan has written for many high-esteemed publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Time Magazine and The New Republic. Sullivan is known for his outspoken and libertarian views on American politics, mixing conservative government ideals with more liberal social policies – but knowing Colbert, he’ll probably have Sullivan play “guess the presidential candidate’s favourite dog breed” after having an open and honest discussion on serious political issues. He currently writes and runs his own blog, The Dish.

Thomas Wenski

MARGATE, FL - APRIL 26:  Miami's Archbishop Thomas Wenski flanked by members of the Knights of Columbus attends an event where he blessed, with holy water, an ultrasound machine at a Respect Life Ministry on April 26, 2012 in Margate, Florida. The machine was donated to the center by a national Ultrasound Project put in place by the Knights of Columbus in 2009.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Miami’s Archbishop Thomas Wenski flanked by members of the Knights of Columbus, April 26, 2012 in Margate, Florida.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Archbishop of Miami and he’s got the neon pink pontifical vestments to prove it (probably not, but here’s hoping). He joins the Catholic Colbert tonight to talk theology or, if we’re lucky, play another game of “Trump or Colbert” (it should be a requirement of every guest).

The YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus and The Choir of St. Jean Baptiste

The musical guests of tonight’s show are two choirs local to NYC. Why two choirs? Maybe a fierce hymn-off is planned, or a super-charged requiem. Whatever it is, here’s hoping it’s going to be massive.

That should catch you up! Be sure to tune in for tonight’s show to watch Stephen Colbert host these amazing people on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, airing 11:35 et/pt on Global!

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