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Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

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Updated June 14, 2019 8.2k votes 1.1k voters 8.6k views 87 items

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: 82

Birthplace: Flores, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. ...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

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly Baroness Jane van Lawick-Goodall, is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Considered to be the ...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: 46

Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, film ...more
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Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dala... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 83

Birthplace: China, Taktser

The 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism, which was formally headed by the ...more
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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 94

Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, USA

James Earl Carter Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician and philanthropist who served as the 39th president of the United States from 1977 to 1981. A member of the Democratic ...more
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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
HayleyHU added Age: 57

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was ...more
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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian, writer, producer, director, activist, political commentator, actor, and television host. He hosted The ...more
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Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #5 Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Bernard Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician who has served as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. Vermont's at-large Congressman from 1991 to 2007, ...more
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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #7 Age: 45

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

David Khari Webber Chappelle (; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and producer. Chappelle is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Emmy Awards ...more
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Narendra Modi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 68

Birthplace: Vadnagar, India

Narendra Damodardas Modi (Gujarati pronunciation: [ˈnəɾendrə dɑmodəɾˈdɑs ˈmodiː]; born 17 September 1950) is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister of India since ...more
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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #10 unakite-emmett-gem added Age: 30

Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States of America

Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and businesswoman. She is the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and keyboardist of the rock band ...more
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Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 66

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин, romanized: Vladímir Vladímirovič Pútin; born 7 October 1952) is the President of Russia since 2012, ...more
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J. K. Rowling is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 53

Birthplace: Yate, United Kingdom

Joanne Rowling ( "rolling"; born 31 July 1965), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for ...more
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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 71

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer and automobile racing team owner. He hosted late night television talk shows for 33 ...more
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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 44

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: [diˈkaːprjo]; born November 11, 1974) is an American actor, film producer, and environmentalist. His accolades include an Academy Award and three Golden ...more
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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
Age: 36

Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

Kim Jong-un (officially transcribed Kim Jong Un; Korean: 김정은; Korean pronunciation: [kim.dzɔŋ.ɯn]; born 8 January 1983 or 1984) is a North Korean politician. He is currently the incumbent ...more
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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 28

Birthplace: Paris, France

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an ...more
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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 35

Birthplace: Sea Cliff, New York, United States of America

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and musician widely known as a regular cast member on The Big Gay Sketch Show (2007–2010) and Saturday Night ...more
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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Mr. Bean is a British sitcom created by Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis, produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and starring Atkinson as the title character. The sitcom consisted of 15 episodes ...more
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Claire Janezic added Age: 76

Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as bass player for the Beatles. His ...more
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (, born Joan Ruth Bader; March 15, 1933) is an American lawyer and jurist who is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill ...more
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Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Age: 67

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Mark Richard Hamill (; born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, and writer. Hamill is known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, which won him the Saturn Award ...more
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Ellen DeGeneres 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: 61

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and ...more
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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Age: 51

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America

Mark Ruffalo (; born November 22, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He began acting in the early 1990s and first gained recognition for his work in Kenneth Lonergan's play This Is Our ...more
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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey (born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and playwright. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series ...more