'Stephen Colbert' and bearded mountain man Jon Stewart return to late night just in time for the RNC (w/ video)
If there's one thing missing from late-night TV during this election cycle, it's Jon Stewart. And if there are two things missing, the other one is "Stephen Colbert" — not Stephen Colbert who took over for David Letterman on The Late Show, but "Stephen Colbert," the character who delivered a solid dose of anti-bear "truthiness" nightly after Stewart's Daily Show for nine years.
Well, it was 2012 all over again on last night's Late Show, as Colbert tracked down Stewart in the log cabin where he has apparently been growing a beard, making jerky and hanging out with "Stephen" and his Captain America shield from the old Colbert Report set.
In a taped sketch, Colbert showed up to inform Stewart that the RNC had arrived. When he told Stewart that the GOP nominee is Donald Trump, Stewart blasted him with a huge spit take. Stewart passed the word along to "Stephen," who returned the spit take favor.
"Stephen" stuck around long enough to bring back the old Colbert Report segment "The Word," swapping out "truthiness" for "Trumpiness" and riding out to the stage in a chariot pulled by a pair of shirtless Uncle Sams.
It apparently won't be the last we'll see of Stewart during The Late Show's live broadcasts from the Republican and Democratic national conventions over the next two weeks.
"It was really great to see Jon Stewart again. You know what would be nice? To have that happen again some time this week," Colbert said after a break.