Jon Stewart, George Clooney, and more stars help Stephen Colbert kick off ‘Late Show’ run

Stephen Colbert’s first night behind The Late Show desk turned out to be a star-studded affair.

From George Clooney to Jeb Bush, the comedian had a stacked lineup of guests for his debut on CBS, but it was the surprise cameos that really stole the show.

Colbert kicked off the evening with a hilarious, cross-country montage of “The Star-Spangled Banner’’ which, to the delight of  The Daily Show and Colbert Report fans, included a brief appearance by fellow Comedy Central defector Jon Stewart.

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Stewart wasn’t the only late night host who gave Colbert a hand as The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon also popped his head in during the episode.


While the “old’’ Colbert may be gone, the “new’’ Colbert is still as absurd and wacky as ever.

His interview with Clooney turned into an impromptu, parody trailer making fun of action movie cliches and was one of the highlights of Colbert’s Late Show debut.

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Not forgetting his Colbert Report roots, Colbert snuck in some political jabs during his chat with Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

“You were so close to getting them to clap,’’ Colbert quipped after Bush made some remarks about President Barack Obama.

You can check out the clip below.

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