TV Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert  

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List Rules Only people who have not yet appeared as a guest. Add anyone you'd like to see at the desk, chatting with Colbert.

Late Show signed back on with Stephen Colbert at the helm in the summer of 2015, prime presidential election season, and the guest list immediately got political. That was no surprise considering that The Colbert Report, with a fake conservative host, ran for 10 seasons covering politics and hot topics alongside The Daily Show better than any of the other networks. When Colbert stepped onto the Late Show after David Letterman’s retirement, the real Stephen Colbert proved to be just as political only this time, he’s not kidding around. His Late Show guests quickly found out that this version of Colbert is going to hold his ground on the facts. 

We know that Colbert and his team look for the best guests within the context of the current climate, headlines, and availability. But this Stephen Colbert Late Show guest list is a dream wish list that doesn't depend on a project for the guest to promote. Stephen Colbert guests stretch across celebrities, sports, political, and social arenas. He has top picks from just about any corner of the globe. What would be truly interesting is to see a Late Show guest list sprinkled with those hard to get types such as Axl Rose or Vladimir Putin

Who should be a guest on The Late Show, where Colbert has the Gandalf-like power to make it happen? World leaders, reclusive writers or celebrities, or people who pretty much never get asked to be on late night talk shows, even though they're fascinating?  

Vote up your top choices for the Late Show guest list and if you don’t see your picks, add them below!
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Pope Francis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 81 Pope Francis is Pope of the Catholic Church, a title he holds ex officio for being the Bishop of Rome, in which capacity he is also the absolute sovereign of the Vatican City State. Born in ...more

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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 84 Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE is an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best ...more

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 45 Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, and actor. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of the group D12, ...more

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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 82 The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama, as well as the longest-lived incumbent. Dalai Lamas are amongst the head monks of the Gelug school, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. ...more

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Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #5 Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 76 Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from Vermont. Before serving in the Senate, he represented Vermont's at-large congressional ...more

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 93 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician, author, and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He was ...more

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
HayleyHU added age 56 Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #7 age 44 David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an American comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, and actor. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks' ...more

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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 53 Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, actor, media critic, and former television host. He was the host of The Daily ...more

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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #10 unakite-emmett-gem added age 29 Hayley Nichole Williams is an American singer, songwriter and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist, occasional keyboardist and primary songwriter of the American rock band Paramore.

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 52 Joanne "Jo" Rowling, OBE FRSL, pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The books have gained ...more

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Narendra Modi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 67 Narendra Damodardas Modi is the 15th and current Prime Minister of India, in office since 26 May 2014. Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 ...more

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 70 David Michael Letterman is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, and actor. He hosts the late night television talk show Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. ...more

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Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 65 Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin has been the President of Russia since 7 May 2012. Putin previously served as President from 2000 to 2008, and as Prime Minister of Russia from 1999 to 2000 and ...more

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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 35 Kim Jong-un is the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. He is the son of Kim Jong-il and the grandson of Kim Il-sung. He has held the titles of the First Secretary of the ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 43 Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. He has been nominated for ten Golden Globe Awards, winning two, and five Academy Awards. DiCaprio began his career by appearing ...more

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 34 Kate McKinnon Berthold, commonly known as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress, voice actress, and comedian. She is best known for her sketch comedy work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live ...more

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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Mr. Bean is a British television programme series of fifteen 25-minute episodes written by Robin Driscoll and starring Rowan Atkinson as the title character. Different episodes were also written ...more

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Claire Janezic added age 75 Sir James Paul McCartney MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the ...more

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 47 Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the ...more

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 56 W. Axl Rose is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Due to his powerful and wide vocal ...more

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Trey Parker & Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 50 Mark Alan Ruffalo is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He portrayed the Marvel Comics character, Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers, and will reprise his role in ...more

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 27 Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films ...more

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 71 George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest ...more

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 60 Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk ...more

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 56 George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, writer, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting ...more

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Harper Lee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #28 age 91 Nelle Harper Lee is an American novelist widely known for her 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird which deals with the racism she observed as a child in her hometown of ...more

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Nadya Suleman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 42 Nadya Suleman is a mother of 14, including a set of octuplets born in January 2009.  All the children were born subsequent to her separation from her (now) ex-husband, and all were ...more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 85 Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She ...more

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Sandra Bernhard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 62 Sandra Bernhard is an American comedian, singer, actress and author. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture ...more

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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 73 George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The ...more

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #32 Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 71 Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes. She was ...more

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Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #33 naturebydesign added age 75 Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (born November 20, 1942) is an American politician who served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he ...more

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Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 68 William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The ...more

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Coen Brothers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, known informally as the Coen brothers, are American film directors, screenwriters, producers, and editors. Their films include Blood Simple, Raising ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 71 David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 56 Ricky Dene Gervais is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a ...more

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
naturebydesign added age 53 Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and film producer. She is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, and is the recipient of one Academy Award from two nominations, and one Golden ...more

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
naturebydesign added age 83 Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she ...more

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Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 66 Mark Richard Hamill is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for portraying the hero Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film Star Wars and its two sequels, The Empire ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #41 naturebydesign added age 25 Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. She appeared in the independent dramas The Burning Plain ...more

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
naturebydesign added age 83 Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, CH, DBE is an English actress. She made her stage debut in 1952 and has had an extensive, varied career in stage, film and television spanning over sixty years. ...more

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 63 Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany and the head of the political party CDU in Germany. In addition to being the first female German Chanchellor, she is also considered by Forbes ...more

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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 71 James William "Jimmy" Buffett is an American singer–songwriter, author, actor, and businessman. He is best known for his music, which often portrays an "island escapism" ...more

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 62 William "Bill" Maher, Jr. is an American political satirist, writer, producer, political commentator, television host, actor, media critic, and stand-up comedian. Before his role as ...more

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 46 Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more

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Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #53 Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 60 Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an American actor, producer, and comedian. As a member of the Baldwin family, he is the oldest of the four Baldwin brothers, all well-known actors. ...more

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Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 46 Christopher Ryan "Chris" Hardwick is an American television host, stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, musician, and voice artist. Hardwick is the chief executive ...more

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added age 40 Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as ...more