Stephen Colbert grew to become the primary late evening TV host to welcome fully-vaccinated audiences again on The Late Present with Stephen Colbert final evening. “I’m proud to say, I’m completely proud to say, that we’re the primary present again up on Broadway,” Colbert stated throughout final evening’s monologue. “Suck it Lion King!”
Colbert additionally learn a “observe” despatched to him from Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose workplace helped get them again into the theater. “He isn’t right here tonight, however he requested me to learn this observe,” Colbert joked. “‘Should you bear in mind me for one factor this yr, let or not it’s bringing again the Late Present‘s viewers, that is it.'”
At one level, he went into the viewers to bop with them alongside folks dressed up as vaccines. “Is it a superb signal that you just danced for 4 minutes and may’t breathe?” he requested on the finish.
And he ended the monologue on a barely emotional observe by bringing out his spouse Evie, who he stated had been his solely viewers for the final 15 months. “Viewers, he’s all yours now,” she stated. “Don’t overlook to snigger, as a result of he actually wants it.”
It has been 460 days since Colbert shut down manufacturing of in-person exhibits at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. The Late Present went on to provide 213 audience-less episodes, some filmed at Colbert’s properties in New Jersey and Virginia, others out of a retrofitted provide closet above the Ed Sullivan Theater. Altogether, the Ed Sullivan Theater can home over 400 folks, the biggest of any of the late evening exhibits that are filmed in NYC.
Primarily based on an interview with the NY Instances, it seems like Colbert has been itching to have stay audiences again for months. Colbert instructed them he had one thing of an “emotional breakdown” final week throughout a taping of the small-scale model of the present. Colbert instructed his producer, “I believe we’ve executed the present one of the best we are able to on this remoted circumstance. I believe the easiest way to do the present now’s to discover a solution to get again in entrance of the viewers, as a result of it feels extra trustworthy to the nationwide expertise proper now.”
Colbert began final evening’s episode with a tune about placing his pants again on for stay audiences.
His friends had been Dana Carvey, who was in character as Joe Biden, and his outdated pal Jon Stewart. This was the primary time they’d seen one another in particular person in additional than a yr. “There’s nothing I needed to do greater than breathe everybody’s air,” Stewart stated. “I do know we’re all vaccinated, and I am not going to get COVID, however I’ll get one thing.”
Stewart went on to speak about his love for—and slight concern of—scientists. Stewart additionally satirized the talk across the Wuhan lab leak principle, which can have gone over the heads of some conspiracy theorists.