The old 'Stephen Colbert' returns at the RNC, gets booted by security
If you've been missing "Stephen Colbert" the character since Stephen Colbert the person took over David Letterman's hosting duties on The Late Show, you may be happy to know that Colbert is going with a throwback "Stephen" vibe so far at the Republican National Convention.
As the RNC was still setting up at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday, Colbert, dressed as Stanley Tucci's Hunger Games character Caesar Flickerman, apparently rushed the stage, got on the microphone and delivered a dig at Donald Trump, a video posted to YouTube shows.
"He has formed an alliance with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence," Colbert says dramatically, before dropping his head and going silent before snapping back up and apologizing that he'd "blacked out there for a moment."
"So it is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican hungry for power games," Colbert went on, banging his gavel over and over. As a security guard dragged him away, Colbert slipped in a dig: "Look, I know I'm not supposed to be up here, but let's be honest, neither is Donald Trump."
The video showed up on YouTube around the same time this tweet appeared on Colbert's account.
At the center of power at the RNC pic.twitter.com/R8kBtEI7Hq— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) July 17, 2016
In other words, it's going to be an interesting week.
The Late Show is going all-out for the RNC, which, along with next week's Democratic National Convention, is basically the Super Bowl of late-night TV talk shows. And if you're still pining for Comedy Central-era Colbert, he's also bringing back his mentor, Jon Stewart, to help with the show's coverage. Vulture reported last week that Stewart will show up on The Late Show's July 18 episode, though it's still not clear what he's going to be up to.