Stephen Colbert to Host Live Special Election Night on Showtime

Kimberly Roots

Stephen Colbert’s rumored Election Night special is now as official as those little “I Voted!” stickers you get at the polls.

The Late Show host will emcee a live broadcast on Showtime — not CBS — on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 11/10c, the premium cabler announced Monday. It will be called Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This Sh-t?.

The idea of the special was floated at this summer’s Television Critics Association press tour.

From the network’s release:


By bringing his unique comedic perspective to the anything-goes nature of premium cable, Colbert will be able to do things he’s never been able to do in this campaign, such as directly quote a candidate without being bleeped. The special program will feature the much beloved and totally irreverent Colbert reacting in real-time to the election results as the state by state returns come in, making it the perfect election night destination for people who want to see all the latest news, without actually having to watch the news.

“It’ll be all the political comedy you love from my CBS show, with all the swearing and nudity you love from SHOWTIME,” Colbert added via statement.

The Late Show will not air that evening; Colbert’s Showtime special will be shot in front of a live audience in his usual studio in New York and will feature interviews with guests as well as, y’know, revealing who won the presidency of the United States.

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