It's been an incredible 2017 on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You could say it's been a year that's been tough to trump. Really, really tough to trump. It would be impossible to fit every single thing into one highlight reel, but we did our best.
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Want to enjoy even more great moments from this year on The Late Show? We've got you covered with links to many of the full segments featured in the highlight video.
Pull Up A Chair
Whether sitting down with Vice President Joe Biden, who made his third visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater for another mesmerizing conversation, or with Andy Serkis, who delighted Stephen and the Late Show audience with a Gollum-esque reading of Trump tweets, the year has been full of can’t-miss interviews with some of the biggest names in entertainment, politics, and beyond.
Hillary Clinton's recounting of her interactions with Vladimir Putin and her thoughts on the results of the 2016 presidential election made next-day headlines, as did Daniel Craig's reveal that he will, in fact, be returning to play James Bond. Stephen had a dance party with Tiffany Haddish, helped Keegan-Michael Key bring President Obama’s Anger Translator out of retirement, discussed what men in Hollywood can do better with Ben Affleck, went head-to-head with Ricky Gervais on religion, talked Trump with Dave Chappelle, recited Shakespeare with Cush Jumbo, grilled Anthony Scaramucci and so much more.
There was a pain-inducing interview with Hot Ones host Sean Evans and a reveal of a never-before-seen trailer of Aliens with Sigourney Weaver. A cooking lesson with the one and only Oprah Winfrey and a puppy adoption drive with Aubrey Plaza. Stephen helped Kate Winslet "fix" the end to Titanic and invited Adam Driver to share highlights of his hometown’s community calendar. Stephen traveled all the way to Moscow to investigate firsthand what happened in that hotel suite at the Ritz and made his late night debut on Russian television on Evening Urgant.
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There's no way to pick just one—or even just a dozen. You can find them all on The Late Show's video page on CBS All Access. Among the audience favorites were Chance The Rapper, St. Vincent, Khalid, The Killers, and Tyler, The Creator.
Hello, Old Friends
Stephen let Jon Stewart take over his desk to urge the media to get its groove back and to The Late Show stage to grant President Trump's request for equal time. And Jon even helped get the gang back together for a memorable reunion.
While late night television is known for delivering laughs, Stephen knew when it was appropriate to get serious. He channeled the overwhelming pain the country felt in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, TX. He invited Ronan Farrow on the show to discuss how he helped to expose Harvey Weinstein and Gayle King back to The Late Show stage following the news of Charlie Rose’s firing. Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz spoke honestly about San Juan, Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria and Jake Tapper returned to talk about Washington DC’s approach to the truth in 2017. And even a silly throwback photo challenge started by Nick Kroll took a serious turn when #PuberMe raised $1 Million for hurricane relief.
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On a lighter note, Nick's #PuberMe segment also blossomed into this collection of awkward teen photos from celebrities.
Stand Up Guy
Lastly, it wouldn’t be a proper look back at the year without including some of Stephen’s signature monologue stylings. When President Trump delivered his first press conference back in February, Stephen and his team of writers went to work, furiously rewriting that night’s show so that Stephen could respond to the President's "stress conference." He picked apart THAT Pepsi commercial, found humor on Inauguration Day, chided the president to choose a side in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, and of course, reacted to President Trump’s claim that he’s a "no talent guy."
Thanks for staying up with us every night. Cheers to you and your family this holiday season!
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