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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!
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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
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    BirthplaceFlores, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario... more on Wikipedia
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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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    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly... more on Wikipedia
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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

    BirthplaceTaktser, China

    The 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important... more on Wikipedia
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    Eminem is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    Eminem

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceSaint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America

    Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (; often... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplacePlains, Georgia, United States of America

    James Earl Carter Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician and philanthropist who... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

    Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American comedian,... more on Wikipedia
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    Bernie Sanders - appeared 8/14 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    voting closed at #8

    Bernie Sanders - appeared 8/14/18

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Bernard Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician who has served as the... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave Chappelle - appeared 8/3/ is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    voting closed at #9

    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 on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplaceVadnagar, India

    Narendra Damodardas Modi (Gujarati pronunciation: [ˈnəɾendrə dɑmodəɾˈdɑs ˈmodiː]; born 17... more on Wikipedia
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    Hayley Williams - appeared 5/2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    voting closed at #11

    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 on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplaceYate, United Kingdom

    Joanne Rowling ( "rolling"; born 31 July 1965), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling,... more on Wikipedia
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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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    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин, romanized: Vladímir... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host, comedian,... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplaceLos Angeles, USA, California

    Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: [diˈkaːprjo]; born November 11, 1974) is an American... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplacePyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

    Kim Jong-un (officially transcribed Kim Jong Un; Korean: 김정은; Korean pronunciation:... more on Wikipedia
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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
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    BirthplaceParis, France

    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist.... more on Wikipedia
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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Mark Hamill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Mark Richard Hamill (; born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, and writer.... more on Wikipedia
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    Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on Wikipedia
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    Kate McKinnon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    BirthplaceSea Cliff, New York, United States of America

    Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984) is an American actress, comedian, and... more on Wikipedia
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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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    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television... more on Wikipedia
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    George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    BirthplaceModesto, California, USA

    George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. Lucas... more on Wikipedia
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    Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and... more on Wikipedia
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