Spike Jonze is known for his heartfelt, touching, and, most importantly, relatable character developments, taking the time to give his protagonists, and even antagonists, a sense of depth and realism that few can match. So it’d only make sense that the revered filmmaker do the same with the opening sequence to “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
To kick off Jonze’s appearance on the show, the acclaimed writer and director teamed up with Colbert to provide the funny man with a platform to showcase his acting chops. While most know Colbert for his outrageous antics, quick wit, and superb sense of comedic timing, the Emmy award-winning host decided to change the usually campy opener to something that fans of drama can appreciate.
After Colbert bizarrely awakens in Central Park, he begins aimlessly wandering the streets of New York, hopelessly searching for meaning, companionship and a sense of belonging, as do most Jonze characters. As the host begins to come to terms with his ennui, he begins to slump down a corrugated metal wall. But that’s when Grover the Muppet comes by and silently instills in Colbert a sense of worth and value, leading him to the “Late Show” stage. It is at that point that we see Colbert’s grimacing countenance morph into a sense of wonderment and delight. The improv master always belonged onstage.
Catch the video above before tuning in for more filmic treats on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” weeknights at 11:35pm, only on CBS.