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Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Updated June 14, 2019 8.2k 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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    Eminem
    140
    37

    Eminem

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Pope Francis
    218
    87

    BirthplaceFlores, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario... more on Wikipedia
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    Bernie Sanders - appeared 8/14/18
    120
    28

    voting closed at #3

    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
  • 4
    Jane Goodall
    174
    77

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

    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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    Dave Chappelle - appeared 8/3/17
    184
    129

    voting closed at #6

    Dave Chappelle - appeared 8/3/17

    Age: 42

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    David Khari Webber Chappelle (; born August 24, 1973) is an American stand-up comedian, actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Barack Obama
    122
    79

    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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    Jimmy Carter
    117
    75

    BirthplaceGeorgia, USA, Plains

    James Earl Carter Jr. (born October 1, 1924) is an American politician and philanthropist who... more on Wikipedia
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    Hayley Williams - appeared 5/2/18
    184
    150

    voting closed at #9

    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
  • 10
    Howard Stern
    66
    50

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Narendra Modi
    78
    65

    BirthplaceVadnagar, India

    Narendra Damodardas Modi (Gujarati pronunciation: [ˈnəɾendrə dɑmodəɾˈdɑs ˈmodiː]; born 17... more on Wikipedia
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    Jon Stewart
    109
    101

    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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    Mark Hamill
    30
    16

    BirthplaceOakland, California, USA

    Mark Richard Hamill (; born September 25, 1951) is an American actor, voice actor, and writer.... more on Wikipedia
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    J. K. Rowling
    89
    87

    BirthplaceYate, United Kingdom

    Joanne Rowling ( "rolling"; born 31 July 1965), better known by her pen name J. K. Rowling,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Ellen DeGeneres
    35
    30

    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
  • 17
    Leonardo DiCaprio

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio (, Italian: [diˈkaːprjo]; born November 11, 1974) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Sandra Bullock
    17
    11

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Vin Scully
    36
    36

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Paul McCartney
    43
    45

    BirthplaceWalton, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician,... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    George Lucas
    25
    22

    BirthplaceModesto, California, USA

    George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. Lucas... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Matt Drudge
    39
    41

    BirthplaceTakoma Park, Maryland, United States of America

    Matthew Nathan "Matt" Drudge (born October 27, 1966) is an American political commentator, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Emma Watson
    76
    90

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Coen brothers
    Joel Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Coen (born September 21, 1957), collectively... more on Wikipedia
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    George Clooney
    27
    27

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky, United States of America

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