Entertainment 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 82
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
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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 46
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 83
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 77
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 94
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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Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
voting closed at #7 age 42
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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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
HayleyHU added age 57
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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Narendra Modi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 68
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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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 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) 11 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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) 12 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 53
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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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 71
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 66
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 36
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 44
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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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Claire Janezic added age 76
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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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 28
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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Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 35
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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Ellen DeGeneres 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 61
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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Mr. Bean is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 22 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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George Lucas 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 74
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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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
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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Mark Hamill 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 67
Mark Richard Hamill is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for portraying the hero Luke Skywalker. He is also well known for his role as Pvt. Griff in The Big Red ...more