Back to IndieWire

Stephen Colbert Crashes Republican Convention to Deliver Anti-Trump ‘Hunger Games’ Parody Speech

Colbert made a surprise appearance at the R.N.C. dressed as Caesar Flickerman from "The Hunger Games" Sunday.

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert


Stephen Colbert has one-upped himself yet again. On Sunday, the man who famously roasted George W. Bush while standing just feet away from the President a decade ago crashed the Republican National Convention stage a day before the ceremonies begin to deliver a quick but hilarious speech.

READ MORE: Trump Vs. Clinton: Why the 2016 Presidential Race is the Summer’s Best Blockbuster

“It is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry-for-Power games,” Colbert said, dressed in makeup and a costume clearly inspired by “The Hunger Games’s” Caesar Flickerman, played by Stanley Tucci.

Though the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland was largely empty at the time, security quickly escorted Colbert off the stage. “Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but neither is Donald Trump,” Colbert said, after announcing that Trump had “formed an alliance with Indiana governor Mike Pence.” Colbert snuck his way on stage after being granted access to the event to record comedic bits for “The Late Show” from the floor, Vanity Fair reports.

Colbert basically reinvented political satire on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” and has continued to win over audiences as the host of CBS’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” but it’s not likely that the comedian will be given permission to enter the R.N.C.’s main event again anytime soon.

To see Colbert’s short but sweet speech as captured by an iPhone, check out the video below.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Television and tagged , ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox