After the success of its live broadcasts during the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions, “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will do three live shows following the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates.
The CBS late-night talk show will air live on Monday, September 26 following the first presidential debate, Tuesday, October 4 after the vice presidential debate, and Wednesday, October 19 after coverage of the third presidential debate. Colbert will host each night from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
Colbert fared well in ratings after the RNC and DNC shows and earned buzz after two “Late Show” clips went viral. Jon Stewart’s guest appearance where he took over the host’s desk earned strong numbers that night and the video on YouTube has over 14 million views to date.
Laura Benanti’s impersonation of Melania Trump after she was accused of plagiarizing First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech also hit a home run for “The Late Show.” The video has been watched over 8 million times and Benanti was praised for her impression of Donald Trump’s wife.