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Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Updated June 14, 2019 8.4k votes 1.1k voters 8.8k views87 items

List RulesOnly 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!
  • Eminem1


    Age: 47

    BirthplaceSaint Joseph, Buchanan County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often...  more
  • Pope Francis2

    BirthplaceFlores, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario...  more
  • Bernie Sanders - appeared 8/14/183

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    Bernie Sanders - appeared 8/14/18

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Bernard Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician who has served as the...  more
  • Jane Goodall4

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly...  more
  • Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama5

    BirthplaceTaktser, China

    The 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important...  more
  • Dave Chappelle - appeared 8/3/176

    voting closed at #6

    Dave Chappelle - appeared 8/3/17

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    David Khari Webber Chappelle (; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,...  more
  • Jimmy Carter7

    BirthplacePlains, Georgia, United States of America

    James Earl Carter Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician and philanthropist who...  more
  • Barack Obama8

    BirthplaceArea code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States

    Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as...  more
  • Hayley Williams - appeared 5/2/189

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    Hayley Williams - appeared 5/2/18

    Age: 31

    BirthplaceMeridian, Mississippi, United States of America

    Hayley Nichole Williams (born December 27, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, musician,...  more
  • Narendra Modi10

    BirthplaceVadnagar, India

    Narendra Damodardas Modi (Gujarati pronunciation: [ˈnəɾendrə dɑmodəɾˈdɑs ˈmodiː]; born 17...  more
  • Howard Stern11

    BirthplaceJackson Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Howard Allan Stern is an American radio and television personality, producer, author, actor,...  more
  • Mark Hamill12

    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Mark Richard Hamill (; born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, and writer....  more
  • Jon Stewart13

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian,...  more
  • J. K. Rowling14

    BirthplaceYate, United Kingdom

    Joanne Rowling ( "rolling"; born 31 July 1965), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling,...  more
  • Ellen DeGeneres15

    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television...  more
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg16

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who...  more
  • George Lucas17

    BirthplaceModesto, California, United States of America

    George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. Lucas...  more
  • Paul McCartney18

    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,...  more
  • Coen brothers19
    Joel Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Coen (born September 21, 1957), collectively...  more
  • Leonardo DiCaprio20

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA

    Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: [diˈkaːprjo]; born November 11, 1974) is an American...  more
  • George Clooney21

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the...  more
  • Sandra Bullock22

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and...  more
  • Matt Drudge23

    BirthplaceTakoma Park, Maryland, United States of America

    Matthew Nathan "Matt" Drudge (born October 27, 1966) is an American political commentator, and...  more
  • Vin Scully24

    Vin Scully

    Age: 92

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Vincent Edward Scully (born November 29, 1927) is an American retired sportscaster. Scully is...  more
  • Joely Fisher25

    BirthplaceBurbank, California, United States of America

    Joely Fisher (born October 29, 1967) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for...  more