If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Stephen! Stephen! Stephen! The crowd chanted for the new host on the premiere of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday, September 8. It was a big evening across late night, with only "Conan" on repeats and "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night With Seth Meyers," and "The Late Late Show With James Corden" all breaking out major guests. Here's your competition, Stephen!
Colbert opened his show with a montage of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as sung by Stephen and guests across the country, including a cameo from Jon Stewart. The episode ended with a massive jam session with a bunch of musicians playing "Everyday People." Stephen introduced his band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and they showed off the new "Late Show" intro and Ed Sullivan Theater.
Stephen only had two guests for the premiere, and his first guest, George Clooney, had no movie to promote, so they made one up: "Decision Strike." We'd watch!
The second guest, Jeb Bush, complimented President Obama (kind of) and talked about how, as president, he'd bring people together -- Democrats and Republicans. He also explained how he's different from his brother George. Here's a special online bonus clip with more detailed political answers from Jeb:
No late night episode is complete without shameless Donald Trump promotion, so here's Stephen's All You Can Trump Buffet, complete with Oreos -- because Trump said he will never eat Oreos again. Stephen's first show included a beautiful tribute to David Letterman, who retired from the "Late Show" earlier this year, plus a video cameo from Jimmy Fallon, whose "Tonight Show" airs at the same time (nice way to defuse any potential late night feud talk). Of all the current late night hosts, Colbert was probably closest to upbeat Fallon -- without the games and gushing. (Stephen does need to work on letting the guests talk a bit more.)
"The Tonight Show" had Richard Gere, Jessica Simpson and Keith Urban. Jessica talked about her kids and how she always wears high heels. She even jet skis in heels, and they showed a photo. Richard got the crowd going -- he wanted to join the band -- but was more serious when talking about his feelings of isolation when playing a homeless man.
Over on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Jimmy featured the amazing Emily Blunt (his neighbor), who is now a U.S. citizen. She answered American trivia as part of a REAL U.S. citizenship test and discussed Josh Brolin's pool party with his "Sicario" co-stars, including Benicio Del Toro who jumped into very cold water while wearing very thin cotton boxers.
Also on JKL, Rita Ora and Chris Brown performed "Body On Me," and Jimmy decided Rita's music needs to be even catchier so he collected some clickbait headlines set to music to create "The Clickbait Song." Instant classic!
Over on "Late Night," Tina Fey -- promoting "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" -- shamed her old Beyonce dubsmash, saying it wasn't even that great. So she schooled the Internet with The Greatest Dubsmash Ever. (Spoiler alert: It's Maya Rudolph in bed.)
Nick Jonas was also on Seth's show and Nick talked about that time, when he was about 14, he saw three UFOs. So, like his buddy Demi Lovato, he's a firm believer in extraterrestrial life. Does he believe in mermaids, though?
James Corden won for hottest male guests -- sorry Clooney -- with Bradley Cooper, Andrew Garfield, and Jake McDorman. Watch below to see Bradley break out some sweet dance moves, and Andrew let his hair flow free. Plus -- this is great -- Jake talked about meeting Bradley on the set of "American Sniper" and bulked-up Bradley's first question was "You guys seen that movie 'Frozen'?"
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