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Watch Stephen Colbert's 'The Late Show' return with a live studio audience for the first time in over a year.

Stephen Colbert's The Late Show on CBS returned with a live audience last night after more than a year without one.


Like all other late-night hosts, Stephen Colbert adjusted his show's format significantly during the pandemic. For more than 15 months (460 days), Colbert broadcast his show from a smaller studio sans live audience and interviewed guests remotely. However, all of that changed last night as Colbert took to the Ed Sullivan Theater stage for a triumphant return in front of a fully-vaccinated live audience.

Colbert has been counting down the days to his highly anticipated return on his Instagram page with posts like these.

The night's festivities included a musical number dedicated to the Covid-19 vaccine, a guest cameo from Colbert's wife Evie, and an interview with the former host of The Daily Show Jon Stewart.

Show Opening

Jon Stewart

Jon Batiste's Performance

The Late Show's bandleader Jon Batiste gave the first live performance the show has had since March 2020 by performing his song 'Freedom.'

All in all, Colbert's return did not disappoint.

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