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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Season 2 2016 - 2017

  • 2016-09-06T23:30:00-04:00 on CBS
  • 45 mins
  • 5 days, 23 hours, 53 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy, Talk Show

Improv actor and comic Stephen Colbert leaves his "The Colbert Report" character behind as he makes his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York Colbert talks to actors, athletes, politicians, comics, artists and musicians as himself for the first time. Loyal fans, however, will also be treated to consistency as Colbert remains backed by many members of his writing and digital team from his former venture. Julliard-trained Jon Batiste serves as the bandleader.

206 episodes

2x01 Harry Connick Jr., Ava DuVernay, Grouplove

  • Season Premiere

    2016-09-06T23:30:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Stephen welcomes Harry Connick Jr., Ava DuVernay, with musical guest Grouplove.

Stephen welcomes Whoopi Goldberg, Regina Hall, and Captain Sully Sullenberger.

Stephen welcomes Jessica Alba, Bradley Whitford, and George Takei.

Stephen welcomes Tituss Burgess, Jeff Ross, and Adam Richman.

Stephen welcomes Dr. Phil McGraw, Executive Producer of the CBS drama series "Bull", Alan Cumming, with musical guest Leithauser & Rostam.

Stephen welcomes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actress Millie Bobby Brown, with musical guest The Head and The Heart.

Stephen welcomes Trevor Noah, Allen Iverson, and Chris Gethard.

Stephen welcomes Tracee Ellis Ross, Andrew Rannells, with musical guest Mac Miller & Anderson .Paak.

Stephen welcomes John Slattery, Oliver Stone, and a stand-up comedy performance by Jon Fisch.

Stephen welcomes Chris Pratt, Scott Bakula, from the CBS drama series "NCIS: New Orleans", and Frederik the Great, the World's Most Handsome Horse.

Stephen welcomes First Lady Michelle Obama, and America Ferrera.

Stephen welcomes Ethan Hawke, Tim Meadows, a musical performance by Wilco, and Nile Rodgers sitting in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Stephen welcomes Anthony Anderson, Mark Consuelos, with musical guest The Kills.

2x14 Bruce Springsteen; Emma Willmann

  • 2016-09-23T23:30:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Musician Bruce Springsteen; comic Emma Willmann.

2x15 Rob Lowe, Kal Penn, Emma Willmann

  • 2016-09-26T23:30:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Stephen welcomes Rob Lowe from the CBS drama series "Code Black", actor Kal Penn, and comedian Emma Willmann.

Stephen welcomes Sean Penn, Sutton Foster, with musical guest Regina Spektor.

Stephen welcomes Lupita Nyong'o, Donnie Wahlberg, from the CBS drama series, "Blue Bloods," with musical guest John Prine.

Stephen welcomes Morgan Freeman, Executive Producer of the CBS drama series "Madam Secretary," Judith Light, with musical guest Jimmy Eat World.

Stephen welcomes Samantha Bee, Abby Elliott, and actor Asa Butterfield.

2x20 Mindy Kaling, Gary Owen, Sum 41

  • 2016-10-03T23:30:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Stephen welcomes Mindy Kaling, comedian Gary Owen, with musical guest Sum 41.

Stephen welcomes John Leguizamo, Cheri Oteri, Paul F. Tompkins, and Melissa Etheridge sitting in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Stephen welcomes Armie Hammer, Lindsey Vonn, with musical guest Gustavo Dudamel with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.

Stephen welcomes Emily Blunt, Gael Garcia Bernal, with musical guest Phantogram.

Stephen Diane Lane, Aja Naomi King, and a stand-up comedy performance by Alingon Mitra.

Stephen welcomes President Barack Obama, Bill O'Reilly, Randall Park, with musical guest Bob Weir.

Stephen welcomes Hugh Laurie, Paul Reiser, and Nate Silver.

Stephen welcomes Tiger Woods, Elijah Wood, and Jorge Ramos.

Stephen welcomes Matt LeBlanc, from the CBS comedy series "Man With a Plan," Joy Bryant and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, with musical guest Wyclef Jean.

2x30 Tom Hanks, Adam Conover

  • 2016-10-24T23:30:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Stephen welcomes Tom Hanks and TV host Adam Conover.

Stephen welcomes Will Forte, Dermot Mulroney, from the CBS drama series "Pure Genius," Comedian Wyatt Cenac, and Mitski sitting in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Stephen welcomes Joel McHale, from the CBS comedy series "The Great Indoors," Abbi Jacobson, and Comedian Jon Glaser.

Stephen welcomes Mary-Louise Parker, Pusha T, with musical guest The Record Company.

Stephen welcomes Drew Carey, host of the CBS daytime series "The Price is Right," actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith, and a stand-up comedy performance by Sebastian Maniscalco.

Stephen welcomes Ruth Wilson, JB Smoove, and the Ghost Brothers.

Stephen welcomes Mel Gibson, Luke Bracey, with musical guests Tegan and Sara.

Stephen welcomes Michael Strahan, Nick Kroll, with musical guest Aaron Lewis.

Stephen welcomes Aaron Eckhart, Tig Notaro, and Ron Suskind.

Stephen welcomes Viggo Mortensen, Patton Oswalt, and a stand-up comedy performance by Maz Jobrani.

Stephen welcomes Don Cheadle, Stevie Wonder, and Katherine Waterston.

Stephen welcomes Miles Teller, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog.

2x42 Sting, Thandie Newton

  • 2016-11-10T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes an interview with and musical performance by Sting, and Thandie Newton.

Stephen welcomes Eddie Redmayne, Senator Bernie Sanders, Alton Brown, and Chris Thile sitting in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Stephen welcomes Anna Kendrick, Mahershala Ali, and Chris Gethard.

Stephen welcomes Marion Cotillard, Dev Patel, with musical guest Dwight Yoakam.

2x46 Amy Adams, Simone Biles, Jeff Watson

  • 2016-11-17T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes Amy Adams, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, and Jeff "The Bear Man" Watson.

Stephen welcomes William H. Macy, Colin Quinn, with musical guest Drive-By Truckers.

Stephen welcomes Michael Weatherly, from the CBS drama series "Bull," Carrie Fisher, with musical guest The Pretenders.

Stephen welcomes James Marsden, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, and John Waters.

2x50 Danny DeVito, Max Greenfield, OK Go

  • 2016-11-23T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes Danny DeVito, Max Greenfield, with musical guest OK Go.

2x51 Lauren Cohan, Tim Daly, Sleigh Bells

  • 2016-11-30T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes Tim Daly from the CBS drama 'Madam Secretary,' Lauren Cohan, with musical guest Sleigh Bells.

2x52 Lauren Graham, Justin Long

  • 2016-12-01T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes Lauren Graham, and Justin Long.

Stephen welcomes Matthew Broderick, Ali Wentworth, with musical guest Fergie.

Stephen welcomes Jason Bateman, Padma Lakshmi, and Author Michael Lewis.

2x55 Vice President Joe Biden, DJ Khaled

  • 2016-12-06T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes Vice President Joe Biden and DJ Khaled.

Stephen welcomes Sigourney Weaver, Andy Cohen, and a dance performance by Pilobolus.

Stephen welcomes Octavia Spencer, John Mulaney, with musical guest Travis Scott.

Stephen welcomes Olivia Munn, Martin Freeman, and a stand-up comedy performance by Tom Papa.

Stephen welcomes John Goodman, actress Denée Benton, with musical guest Norah Jones.

Stephen welcomes Mark Wahlberg, Lee Daniels, with musical guest Miranda Lambert.

2x61 Neil Patrick Harris, Megan Mullally

  • 2016-12-14T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes Neil Patrick Harris and Megan Mullally.

Stephen welcomes James Franco, Michael Stipe, and a stand-up comedy performance by Gad Elmaleh.

Stephen welcomes Liam Neeson, Shepard Smith, with musical guest Jon Batiste.

2x69 Oprah Winfrey, Pretty Yende

  • 2017-01-03T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Media proprietor Oprah Winfrey; Pretty Yende performs.

Actress Kate Beckinsale; actor Chris Messina; comic Jen Kirkman.

2x71 Adam Driver, Alexa Davalos, Whitney

  • 2017-01-05T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Actor Adam Driver; actress Alexa Davalos; Whitney performs.

TV host Charlie Rose; actress Hayden Panettiere; TV personality Jack Maxwell.

2x73 Billy Joel, Josh Holloway

  • 2017-01-09T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Singer Billy Joel; actor Josh Holloway.

Actor Andrew Garfield; sportscaster Erin Andrews; Cage the Elephant performs.

Actor Jude Law; actress Gabrielle Union; journalist Thomas L. Friedman.

Actor Tom Selleck; actor Craig Robinson; A$AP Mob performs.

Actor Cuba Gooding Jr.; actor Rupert Friend; comic Gary Gulman.

Actress Sarah Paulson; actor Corey Stoll; Nick Grant and Watch the Duck perform.

Comic Billy Eichner; singer Mel B.; comic Gilbert Gottfried.

Actress Idina Menzel; actress Rachel Bloom; comic Louie Anderson.

Actor Johnny Galecki; TV host Chris Matthews; Bash & Pop performs.

Actor Jim Gaffigan; actress Cristela Alonzo; The Avett Brothers perform.

2x83 Leslie Mann, Lewis Black, Dan Levy

  • 2017-01-30T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Actress Leslie Mann; comic Lewis Black; comic Dan Levy.

Singer Josh Groban; chef Rachael Ray; Japandroids perform.

2x85 Ricky Gervais, Christina Ricci, Jain

  • 2017-02-01T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Comic Ricky Gervais; actress Christina Ricci; Jain performs.

Dr. Phil; singer Michael Bolton; Maren Morris performs.

Actress Priyanka Chopra; actor Thomas Sadoski; comic Pat Brown.

Actor Paul Giamatti; TV show host Wendy Williams; Highly Suspect performs.

TV show host John Oliver; actress Isabelle Huppert; The Avett Brothers perform.

Actor Robert De Niro; documentary producer Ezra Edelman; Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White sit in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Actor David Oyelowo; actor Taran Killam; Rae Sremmurd performs.

Actor Will Arnett; comic Pete Holmes; comic Paul Mecurio.

Actress Shailene Woodley; actress Laverne Cox; treasure hunters Rick and Marty Lagina.

2x94 Christine Baranski, Hans Zimmer

  • 2017-02-14T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Actress Christine Baranski; Hans Zimmer performs.

Actor Bob Odenkirk; actress Tatiana Maslany; author George Saunders.

Actress Sally Field; actress Maggie Siff; Lady Antebellum performs.

Actress Julie Andrews; actress Christina Hendricks; The Umbilical Brothers perform.

Actress Uma Thurman; actor Jason Jones; Alison Krauss performs.

Journalist Joe Scarborough; model Kate Upton; actress Yvette Nicole Brown.

TV host Kelly Ripa; actor Billy Gardell; The Lemon Twigs perform.

Actress Aubrey Plaza; actor Bradley Whitford; Lupe Fiasco performs.

Actress Allison Williams; actress Cush Jumbo; comic Carmen Lynch.

Comic Jon Stewart; actress Connie Britton; actress Zoey Deutch; Lori McKenna performs.

Actress Lisa Kudrow; former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest; comic Tony Rock.

Actor Patrick Stewart; actor Chris Colfer; comic Roy Wood Jr.

Actor Hugh Jackman; actress Condola Rashad; The Flaming Lips perform.

2x107 Cate Blanchett, Paul Rust, Mo Amer

  • 2017-03-03T23:30:00-05:00 — 41 mins

Actress Cate Blanchett; actor Paul Rust; comic Mo Amer.

Journalist Anderson Cooper; producer Judd Apatow; Jidenna performs.

Actor Kevin Kline; actor Jerrod Carmichael; retired Gen. Michael Hayden.

Political analysts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann; actor Michael Ian Black; cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy.

Actress Kristen Stewart; actor Maz Jobrani; Dawes performs.

Actress Felicity Huffman; actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell; comic Anthony DeVito.

Actor Ewan McGregor; actor Finn Wittrock; The Shins perform.

2x114 Neil deGrasse Tyson, Todd Barry

  • 2017-03-14T23:30:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; comic Todd Barry.

Actress Jessica Lange; comic Bassem Youssef; comic Judy Gold.

Actor Bryan Cranston; actress Audra McDonald; comic Greer Barnes.

Actor Ryan Reynolds; actor Josh Lucas; actor Andy Daly; Green Day performs.

Actress Glenn Close; actor Michael McKean; actor H. Jon Benjamin.

Actresses Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda; director Jay Chandrasekhar; Aimee Mann performs.

Actor Hank Azaria; actress Kate Walsh; performance from Circus 1903.

Actress Emma Roberts; actor Ken Jeong; Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley perform.

Actress Marisa Tomei; actor Hugh Dancy; Broken Social Scene performs.

Actress Susan Sarandon; singer Joey McIntyre; comic Robert Klein.

Actor Jason Sudeikis; actress Jennifer Esposito; Joey Bada$$ performs.

Comic Louis C.K.; sportscaster Ernie Johnson Jr.; Father John Misty performs.

Actress Sigourney Weaver; podcast hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor; special appearance by Steve Martin; Neal Schon sits in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Actor Mandy Patinkin; actress Zosia Mamet; actor Jerrod Carmichael.

Actress Jennifer Hudson; journalist Chris Hayes; actor Christian Borle.

Actor Alec Baldwin; radio host Charlamagne Tha God; comic Moshe Kasher; Taj Mahal and Keb' Mo' sit in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Actress Rose Byrne; actor Lewis Black; P.J. Harvey performs.

Actress Elisabeth Moss; comedian Anthony Atamanuik; Sheryl Crow performs.

Actress Rosario Dawson; actress Renée Elise Goldsberry; comic Moshe Kasher.

Actress Allison Janney; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; Marty Stuart performs.

Singer John Legend performs; TV personality Kelly Osbourne; Dr. John sits in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

Actress America Ferrera; actor Thomas Middleditch; author Virginia Grohl and musician Dave Grohl; Preservation Hall Band sits in with Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

2x137 LL Cool J, Phillipa Soo, Gorillaz

  • 2017-04-27T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Actor LL Cool J; actress Phillipa Soo; Gorillaz performs.

2x138 Tom Hanks, Anna Baryshnikov

  • 2017-04-28T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Actor Tom Hanks; actress Anna Baryshnikov.

Actor Chris Pratt; astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; Ryan Adams performs.

2x140 Amy Schumer, Gabourey Sidibe

  • 2017-05-02T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Comic Amy Schumer; actress Gabourey Sidibe.

Actor Jim Parsons; actor Jeff Garlin; actor Paul Scheer.

2x142 Charles Barkley, Debra Winger

  • 2017-05-04T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Retired professional basketball player Charles Barkley; actress Debra Winger.

Actor Richard Gere; comic Maria Bamford; Perfume Genius performs.

2x144 Rami Malek, Bill Nye, Roger Waters

  • 2017-05-08T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Actor Rami Malek; scientist Bill Nye; Roger Waters performs.

Comic Jon Stewart; TV host Samantha Bee; TV host John Oliver; actor Ed Helms; actor Rob Corddry.

Actors Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally; actor Aaron Taylor Johnson; Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds perform.

Actress Mayim Bialik; actor Andy Karl; comic Ramy Youssef.

Actor Tracy Morgan; actor Timothy Simons; Dan Auerbach performs.

Actor Danny McBride; actress Jane Krakowski; Metallica performs.

Actor Brad Pitt; actress Gina Rodriguez; actor Ben Falcone; Jesus and Mary Chain performs.

2x151 Julie Chen, Matt Walsh, David Ortiz

  • 2017-05-17T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Talk show host Julie Chen; actor Matt Walsh; former professional baseball player David Ortiz.

Actor Ricky Gervais; actor Corey Hawkins; The xx performs.

Actress Jennifer Garner; actor Demetri Martin; comic Paula Poundstone.

2x154 Rachel Maddow, Ben Platt

  • 2017-05-22T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

TV host Rachel Maddow; Ben Platt performs.

Actor Kevin Spacey; actor Terry Crews; actor Rob Huebel.

Actress Robin Wright; comic Hannibal Buress; Paul Simon performs with Bill Frisell.

Actor Oscar Isaac; actress Laurie Metcalf; journalist April Ryan.

TV personality Gordon Ramsay; author David Sedaris; Pixies perform.

Comic Kevin Hart; actress Ali Wentworth; The War on Drugs performs.

2x160 Salma Hayek, Hasan Minhaj, Feist

  • 2017-06-06T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Actress Salma Hayek; comic Hasan Minhaj; Feist performs.

Actress Tilda Swinton; TV personality Andy Cohen; comic Jordan Klepper.

Actor John Mulaney; businessman Richard Branson; Halsey performs.

Comic Jim Gaffigan; actress Anna Chlumsky; comic Louie Anderson.

Actress Uzo Aduba; actor T.J. Miller; filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Actress Olivia Wilde; comic Eddie Izzard; Nick Cave performs.

TV host Trevor Noah; actress Ilana Glazer; actor Sam Richardson.

Actor Milo Ventimiglia; actress Judy Greer; comic Keith Alberstadt.

Actress Scarlett Johansson; comic Bill Burr; a musical performance by Fleet Foxes.

Actor Seth Rogen; actor Kumail Nanjiani; Paul Shaffer & The World's Most Dangerous Band performs.

Rapper Ice Cube; comic Marc Maron; Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit performs.

Actor Jeffrey Tambor; actor John Benjamin Hickey; Lake Street Dive performs.

Actor Michael Keaton; actress Zoe Kazan; comic Tom Shillue.

Actor Eric Stonestreet; retired tennis player John McEnroe; Lillie Mae performs.

Actor Josh Duhamel; actor Justin Bartha; physicist Brian Greene.

Actress Naomi Watts; actress Ari Graynor; Swet Shop Boys perform.

2x176 Michael Keaton, John McEnroe

  • 2017-06-30T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

After a new opening monolog and look back at the best moments of the week, an earlier interview with actor Michael Keaton gets bonus footage, and a recent interview with retired tennis player John McEnroe is revisited.

Actor Woody Harrelson; actress Cobie Smulders; Emmylou Harris and Her Red Dirt Boys perform.

TV hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski; actor Andy Serkis; Joe Scarborough performs.

TV host John Oliver; comic Mike Birbiglia; actor Michael Showalter.

Actor Ashton Kutcher; actor Rob Corddry; The New Pornographers perform.

After a new opening monolog, Midnight Confessions, and a bonus segment with John Oliver, we revisit a recent interview with Woody Harrelson and a recent performance by Emmylou Harris.

Russia week begins; former Vice President Al Gore; actress Issa Rae; Sufjan Stevens, Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and James McAlister perform.

2x183 Keegan-Michael Key, Cillian Murphy

  • 2017-07-18T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Russia week continues; actor Keegan-Michael Key; actor Cillian Murphy.

2x184 James McAvoy, Matteo Lane

  • 2017-07-19T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Russia week continues; actor James McAvoy; comic Matteo Lane.

2x185 Jason Bateman, Muse

  • 2017-07-20T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Russia week continues; actor Jason Bateman; Muse performs.

2x186 Kenneth Branagh, Cara Delevingne

  • 2017-07-21T23:30:00-04:00 — 45 mins

Russia week concludes; actor Kenneth Branagh; actress Cara Delevingne.

Actor Paul Bettany; actress Laura Benanti; Tyler, The Creator performs "911".

TV host Charlie Rose; actress Jessica Williams; author Max Brooks.

2x189 Michael Moore, Sutton Foster, 6LACK

  • 2017-07-26T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Filmmaker Michael Moore; actress Sutton Foster; 6LACK performs.

TV host Samantha Bee; actress Gillian Jacobs; Spoon performs.

2x191 Charlie Rose, Jessica Williams

  • 2017-07-28T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes journalist Charlie Rose and actress Jessica Williams.

2x192 Matthew McConaughey, Vanessa Bayer

  • 2017-07-31T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Actor Matthew McConaughey; actress Vanessa Bayer.

Senator Al Franken; comic Adam Conover; Randy Newman performs.

Comic Dave Chappelle; actor James Van Der Beek; musician Joe Walsh.

Actor Anthony Mackie; actress Elizabeth Olsen; Arcade Fire performs.

2x196 Al Franken, Joe Walsh

  • 2017-08-04T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

After a new opening monolog, we revisit a recent interview with Senator Al Franken, and a recent performance by Joe Walsh.

Stephen welcomes actress Laura Dern, actress Leah Remini, and a performance by Trombone Shorty.

Stephen welcomes actor Christoph Waltz, actor Chris O'Dowd, and YouTube personality Sean Evans.

Stephen welcomes actor Robert Pattinson, actor David Tennant, and actress Niecy Nash.

Stephen welcomes actress Millie Bobby Brown, comic Jim Jefferies, and a performance by Zeshan B.

2x201 Dave Chappelle, Chris O'Dowd

  • 2017-08-11T23:30:00-04:00 — 41 mins

Stephen welcomes repeats of comedian Dave Chappelle and actor Chris O'Dowd.

Stephen welcomes former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, actor Bob Odenkirk, and a performance by Liam Gallagher.

Stephen welcomes actor Daniel Craig, actress Tiffany Haddish, and a performance by Blackberry Smoke.

Stephen welcomes actress Ellie Kemper, actor Andrew Dice Clay, and actor Peter Serafinowicz.

Stephen welcomes TV host John Dickerson, actor Michael Rapaport, and a performance by Grizzly Bear.

Stephen welcomes repeats of former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and actress Tiffany Haddish.