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Colbert's Guest List is So Personal It Makes Us Wonder Who We Would Choose

Louis CK, Marion Cotillard, Joe Henry

First show.

A few weeks ago, the day after Jon Stewart's last “Daily Show,” Patricia and I got rid of our cable box. These days that means TV, which means I won't be able to watch “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” when it debuts next week. Except, as he says in his last pre-show web video, “on the internet.” Even so, I'm afeared of missing it in real time. Have you seen his guest list? Persons of interest (for me) include:

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer
  • Carol Burnett

His guest list is so eclectic, and seemingly so personal, it made me wonder who *I* would book if I had a choice. And a show. And talent.

I'm thinking:

  • Louis CK
  • Marion Cotillard
  • Joe Henry

Others to book before I get the hook:

  • Ricky Gervais
  • Jon Stewart
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Jim Jeffries
  • Chris Rock
  • Tina Fey
  • Philip Roth
  • John Irving
  • Tobias Wolff
  • Milan Kundera
  • Toni Morrison
  • Bill Bryson
  • Jill Lepore
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Michael Mann
  • Terrence Malick
  • Jacques Audiard
  • The Coen Bros.
  • Craig Wright
  • Jim Walsh
  • David Simon
  • Joe Posnanski
  • Jane Leavy
  • Paul Krugman
  • Jelani Cobb
  • Jackie Chan
  • Penelope Cruz
  • Salma Hayek
  • Berenice Bejo
  • Carey Mulligan
  • Steve Earle
  • The National
  • Iron & Wine
  • Paul Simon
  • The Decemberists
  • John Lewis
  • David Boies
  • Ron Safer
  • ANY U.S. Supreme Court justice, but generally in this order: Stevens (ret.), Ginsburg, Scalia, Sotomayor, Kennedy, Breyer, Roberts, Kagan, Thomas, Alito. 

It's endless, really. 

What about you? First show.

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Posted at 07:47 AM on Sat. Sep 05, 2015 in category TV  
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