Stephen Colbert returned from Russia back at the end of June and promised a week full of shows devoted to what he did during his trip. There was a slight delay thanks to some holidays and just general multimedia needs, but we’ve finally reached that week of shows. And the good news is that the wait seems to have been worth it because Colbert has a slew of amazing segments lined up throughout this week. He spent a day with Brooklyn Nets owner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, sat down with a Russian security expert and Putin dissident, and got a chance to stay at the Ritz Carlton in its Presidential Suite. That’s important because that is also the room where President Trump allegedly did of his dirty deeds detailed in the “Golden Showers” dossier. There are now allegations that there are more than one pee-pee tape floating around, but nothing is confirmed at this point. That’s probably why Colbert seemed strong enough to spend the night in the room without much concern — though he does joke about wearing a hazmat suit.
It is a packed week of content from The Late Show, but his first segment comes from St. Petersburg and his appearance on Russian late night television. When Colbert first posted he was in Russia, people were instantly curious about what he was up to and how it would affect his ongoing criticism of Donald Trump.
As it turns out, he probably spent most of his time in Russia turning up the criticism on the president while also making pals with many of the locals on the streets. Their humor seems to lose a bit in translation, but they’re pretty friendly once the vodka hits the table. Colbert shows some of his backstage interactions with host Ivan Urgant, including a few questions about Vladimir Putin’s viewing habits, before heading out to the main stage for his interview. It actually seems to pretty similar to what we do here in America, proving that anybody can do a late night comedy talk show except for Chevy Chase and Magic Johnson.
Urgant and Colbert do some vodka shots before The Late Show host decides to announce his intentions to run for president in 2020 and the interview wraps up nice and neat with plenty of Trump humor and no threat of anybody being shipped off to a freezing work camp. Those days are over and Vladimir Putin is benevolent leader.
It will be interesting to see where Colbert goes for the rest of the week and how he handles that hotel stay. It’s got to be better than the time they opened Al Capone’s vault and found nothing but his pee tape. A memorable blunder etched into television history.
(Via The Late Show)