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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 81

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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 84

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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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Bernie Sanders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Bernie Sanders age 76

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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
Jimmy Carter age 93

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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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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jon Stewart age 55

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
HayleyHU added Barack Obama age 56

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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
unakite-emmett-gem added Hayley Williams age 29

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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 52

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Narendra Modi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Narendra Modi age 67

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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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Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Kim Jong-un age 35

The Best Moments from Colbert's Debut of The Late Show

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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Axl Rose age 56

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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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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
Kate McKinnon age 34

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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Mark Ruffalo age 50

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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 Tina Fey age 47

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Trey Parker & Matt Stone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Most Beautiful Women In Hollywood

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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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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Emma Watson age 27

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George Clooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added George Clooney age 56

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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 91

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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 Ellen DeGeneres age 60

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Claire Janezic added Paul McCartney age 75

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Nadya Suleman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Nadya Suleman age 42

34 Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Colbert

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Sandra Bernhard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Sandra Bernhard age 62

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Susan Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Susan Sarandon age 71

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Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Bill O'Reilly age 68

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Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
naturebydesign added Joe Biden age 75

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Ricky Gervais age 56

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
David Bowie age 71

49 Famous Couples with Huge Age Differences

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Angela Merkel age 63

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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added George Lucas age 73

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Coen brothers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Jimmy Buffett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Jimmy Buffett age 71

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Bill Maher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Bill Maher age 62

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
naturebydesign added Maggie Smith age 83

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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
naturebydesign added Jennifer Lawrence age 27

Colbert-isms: Funny Stephen Colbert Quotes

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
naturebydesign added Judi Dench age 83

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Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Angelina Jolie age 42

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Alec Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Alec Baldwin age 60

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Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Mark Hamill age 66

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Joely Fisher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Joely Fisher age 50

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Krystal Soo-jeong Oh added Sarah Palin age 54