“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” announces first week of guests

Jeff Pfeiffer

stephen-colbertIn about two weeks, Stephen Colbert will debut as the new host of CBS’ Late Night when The Late Show With Stephen Colbert premieres Sept. 8 at 11:35pm ET/PT. Today, the show announced who Colbert’s guests will be that initial week, and it will run the gamut from Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, to actress Scarlett Johansson, and from comedian Amy Schumer to author Stephen King and a musical performance by Kendrick Lamar (along with an interview). It seems like a nice mix that exemplifies what Colbert’s interests appear to be, at least based on what we’ve seen on his previous show: politics, music, books, comedy and more.

It’s interesting that, at least in this first week, Colbert is featuring both interviews with and performances by some musicians. This makes sense based on comments he made recently to a small scrum of reporters at the TCA press tour: “Musicians are like magicians to me. I don’t know how they make us feel the way they feel.” Perhaps with interviews, Colbert can help himself and the rest of us further understand how musicians work their magic.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guests Sept. 8-11

Tuesday, Sept. 8: George Clooney; Jeb Bush; musical performance by Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human with special guests

Wednesday, Sept. 9:  Scarlett Johansson; SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk; interview with and musical performance by Kendrick Lamar

Thursday, Sept. 10: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick; musical performance by Toby Keith

Friday, Sept. 11: Amy Schumer; Stephen King; interview with and performance by Troubled Waters

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35pm ET/PT on CBS, beginning Sept. 8.

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