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.
Stephen welcomes Harry Connick Jr., Ava DuVernay, and a musical performance by 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, and a musical performance by Leithauser & Rostam.
Stephen welcomes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actress Millie Bobby Brown, and a musical performance by The Head and The Heart.
Stephen welcomes Trevor Noah, Allen Iverson, and Chris Gethard.
Stephen welcomes Tracee Ellis Ross, Andrew Rannells, and a musical performance by 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, and a musical performance by The Kills.
Musician Bruce Springsteen; comic Emma Willmann.
Stephen welcomes Rob Lowe from the CBS drama series "Code Black", actor Kal Penn, and comedian Emma Willmann.
Stephen welcomes Sean Penn, Sutton Foster, and a musical performance by Regina Spektor.
Stephen welcomes Lupita Nyong'o, Donnie Wahlberg, from the CBS drama series, "Blue Bloods," and a musical performance by John Prine.
Stephen welcomes Morgan Freeman, Executive Producer of the CBS drama series "Madam Secretary," Judith Light, and a musical performance by Jimmy Eat World.
Stephen welcomes Samantha Bee, Abby Elliott, and actor Asa Butterfield.
Stephen welcomes Mindy Kaling, comedian Gary Owen, and a musical performance by 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, and a musical performance by Gustavo Dudamel with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.
Stephen welcomes Emily Blunt, Gael Garcia Bernal, and a musical performance by 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, and a musical performance by Bob Weir.
Stephen welcomes Nick Offerman, Wayne Gretzky, and Morgan Spurlock.
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, and a musical performance by Wyclef Jean.
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, and a musical performance by 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, and a musical performance by Tegan and Sara.
Stephen welcomes Michael Strahan, Nick Kroll, and a musical performance by 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.
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, and a musical performance by Dwight Yoakam.
Stephen welcomes Amy Adams, Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, and Jeff "The Bear Man" Watson.
Stephen welcomes William H. Macy, Colin Quinn, and a musical performance by Drive-By Truckers.
Stephen welcomes Michael Weatherly, from the CBS drama series "Bull," Carrie Fisher, and a musical performance by The Pretenders.
Stephen welcomes James Marsden, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson, and John Waters.
Stephen welcomes Danny DeVito, Max Greenfield, and a musical performance by OK Go.
Stephen welcomes Tim Daly from the CBS drama 'Madam Secretary,' Lauren Cohan, and a musical performance by Sleigh Bells.
Stephen welcomes Lauren Graham, and Justin Long.
Stephen welcomes Matthew Broderick, Ali Wentworth, and a musical performance by Fergie.
Stephen welcomes Jason Bateman, Padma Lakshmi, and Author Michael Lewis.
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, and a musical performance by Travis Scott.
Stephen welcomes Olivia Munn, Martin Freeman, and a stand-up comedy performance by Tom Papa.
Stephen welcomes John Goodman, actress Denée Benton, and a musical performance by Norah Jones.
Stephen welcomes Mark Wahlberg, Lee Daniels, and a musical performance by Miranda Lambert.
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, and a musical performance by Jon Batiste.
Tom Hanks, OK Go
Bruce Springsteen, David Duchovny, Bryan Cranston
Robert De Niro, Amy Schumer, John Krasinski, Millie Bobby Brown
Will Smith, Anna Kendrick
Chris Pratt, Jason Bateman, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog, Stevie Wonder
Media proprietor Oprah Winfrey; Pretty Yende performs.
Actress Kate Beckinsale; actor Chris Messina; comic Jen Kirkman.
Actor Adam Driver; actress Alexa Davalos; Whitney performs.
TV host Charlie Rose; actress Hayden Panettiere; TV personality Jack Maxwell.
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.
Actress Leslie Mann; comic Lewis Black; comic Dan Levy.
Singer Josh Groban; chef Rachael Ray; Japandroids perform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jessica Lange; Bassem Youssef; Judy Gold
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.
Actor LL Cool J; actress Phillipa Soo; Gorillaz performs.
Actor Tom Hanks; actress Anna Baryshnikov.
Actor Chris Pratt; astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; Ryan Adams performs.
Comic Amy Schumer; actress Gabourey Sidibe.
Actor Jim Parsons; actor Jeff Garlin; actor Paul Scheer.
Retired professional basketball player Charles Barkley; actress Debra Winger.
Actor Richard Gere; comic Maria Bamford; Perfume Genius performs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Russia week continues; actor Keegan-Michael Key; actor Cillian Murphy.
Russia week continues; actor James McAvoy; comic Matteo Lane.
Russia week continues; actor Jason Bateman; Muse performs.
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.
Filmmaker Michael Moore; actress Sutton Foster; 6LACK performs.
TV host Samantha Bee; actress Gillian Jacobs; Spoon performs.
Stephen welcomes journalist Charlie Rose and actress Jessica Williams.
Actor Matthew McConaughey; actress Vanessa Bayer.
Sen. 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.
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.
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.