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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
Pope Francis age 80

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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
Jane Goodall age 83

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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Carter age 92

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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
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Bernie Sanders age 75

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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
unakite-emmett-gem added Hayley Williams age 28

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Narendra Modi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Narendra Modi age 66

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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
Jon Stewart age 54

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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
J. K. Rowling age 51

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
HayleyHU added Barack Obama age 55

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Mark Ruffalo age 48

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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

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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Kim Jong-un age 34

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Trey Parker & Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Tina Fey age 46

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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Kate McKinnon age 33

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Emma Watson age 26

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Nadya Suleman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Nadya Suleman age 41

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Sandra Bernhard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Sandra Bernhard age 61

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Harper Lee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Harper Lee age 90

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Claire Janezic added Paul McCartney age 74

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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 George Clooney age 55

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Susan Sarandon age 70

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Joely Fisher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Joely Fisher age 49

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Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Bill O'Reilly age 67

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Ellen DeGeneres age 59

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Coen brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Sarah Palin age 53

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Bill Maher age 61

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added George Lucas age 72

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Ricky Gervais age 55

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Bill Cosby age 79

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Angelina Jolie age 41

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Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Alec Baldwin age 59

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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Buffett age 70

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Debra Messing is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Debra Messing age 48

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Shonda Rhimes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Shonda Rhimes age 47

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
David Bowie age 70

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
randoms21 added Jimmy Carr age 44

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Amy Poehler age 45

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Angela Merkel age 62

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George Lopez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added George Lopez age 55

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Axl Rose age 55

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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Eminem age 44