The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is scheduled to go live on Jan. 30 just minutes after President Donald Trump addresses the nation.
This will be the second time during President Trump's administration that the late night host will respond to the President's State of the Union. Colbert first aired a live episode on Feb. 28, 2017, which featured actress Lisa Kudrow and former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.
The Jan. 30 guests are expected to be Pod Save America hosts Tommy Victor, Jon Favreau, and John Lovett, and 2 Dope Queens hosts Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams. Country music superstar Chris Stapleton is scheduled to be the show's musical guest.
The State Of Colbert
While the Late Show with Stephen Colbert debuted several months after then-candidate Trump announced his presidential campaign on June 16, 2015, the former Colbert Report host had slowly mocked the real estate tycoon's every move. But when Trump won the presidency in 2016, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert was not ready for the shocking win.
Days after Trump claimed the presidency, the CBS late night show changed in a new direction that has helped the show dominate the late night ratings race. With the help of his writing staff, Colbert has taken on President Trump throughout his administration and called him out using brutally honest humor.
Cartoon Donald Trump
One segment that has softened the blow of President Trump's election came in the form of Cartoon Donald Trump. In several segments such as show openings, audiences laughed at the antics of the cartoon version of the 45th President of the United States. The cartoon version of President Trump was often interacting with cartoon versions of his inner circle ranging from his children to disgraced ex-White House staffer Steve Bannon.
On Dec. 18, 2017, Showtime announced that it would bring Cartoon Donald Trump's misadventures to its viewers in a 10-episode animated series called Our Cartoon President. The series is expected to follow cartoon President Trump as he deals with life in Washington, D.C.
Colbert, along with The Late Show executive producer Chris Licht, will be an executive producer of the series. The series will debut on Jan. 28.
Honest Celebrity Interviews
Another factor that has helped Colbert define his place in the late night community is his honest interviews. On Dec. 4, 2017, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was the first show to welcome disgraced TV host Billy Bush following his firing at NBC regarding the lewd Access Hollywood tape. Throughout the nearly 13 minutes that Bush interacted with Colbert, he condemned the President and adamantly declared that the voice that viewers heard on the video belonged to the President of the United States.
Colbert also confronted several Hollywood heavyweights Ben Affleck and James Franco regarding their particular sexual misconduct allegations against them when both actors made their separate visits to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.