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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 (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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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 84
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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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 (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso; born Lhamo Thondup; 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are ...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
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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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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 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) 7 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Barack Hussein Obama II ( (listen); born August 4, 1961) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of 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 45
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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Hayley Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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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Narendra Modi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 68
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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Jon Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 56
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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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 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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Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist. She was the highest paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2014. In 2015, Bullock was chosen as ...more
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Joe Biden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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. Biden also represented Delaware in ...more
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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 71
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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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Dame Margaret Natalie Smith (born 28 December 1934) is an English actress. She has had an extensive, varied career on stage, film, and television, spanning over 67 years. Smith has appeared in ...more
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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Dame Judith Olivia Dench (born 9 December 1934) is an English actress. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years, she performed in several ...more
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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. ...more
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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. Lucas created the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and founded Lucasfilm, LucasArts and Industrial ...more
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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, director, screenwriter, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop ...more
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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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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Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
age 66
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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Mark Ruffalo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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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