Stephen Colbert Debuts Two New Bits on Late Show: Are They Keepers?

While Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake were off schooling the Tonight Show audience on the History of Rap (again), new Late Show host Stephen Colbert was testing out some fresh material with Scarlett Johansson.

The question is, was either bit humorous enough to merit a promotion to recurring segment? You decide!

First up, in “Big Questions With Even Bigger Stars,” Colbert and Johansson “got real for a minute” as they pondered life’s great unknowns, such as what it might be like to have feet for hands or hands for feet, and what Oprah Winfrey — and possibly Gayle King — might be up to right. now.

Next the host donned a big furry hat that (allegedly) granted him unconditional power, assuring that everything he said would be deemed a law of the land. New “laws” included that one mustn’t feel the need to say goodbye to every acquaintance at a party, and zoologists must stop telling us we’re wrong when referring to chimpanzees as monkeys.

Now that you’ve seen both segments, we ask you: should they stay or should they go? Vote in our polls below, then head to the comments and tell us what you thought of Colbert’s second Late Show.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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12 Comments
  1. I kind liked both segments, but dunno if they can work as recurring segments. Seems like the hat would run out of material and while getting cozy with guests on a blanket is something new dunno if the deep questions thing is quite the way to go, since it also seems like the material could wear out pretty quick.

  2. cuius says:

    Over-produced and trying too hard – and the audience is too much

  3. Walkie says:

    Colbert really needs to get someone to play off of. You can tell the band leader is not an on air personality. He needs an announcer.

  4. DR says:

    Ummmmm, didn’t that hat trick appear before Colbert brought on Johannson? The CBS.com replay has the hat trick at 13:45 and big questions at 24:40. Are you working from clips or taking whole shows and their flow into account when you report here?

  5. Mr. Tran K says:

    Both of them are keepers in my opinion but neither of them should need to retooled and I always dreamed of the smokin’ HOT Scar Jo. The bandleader Jon Batiste is fun to watch along with Stay Human and I hope that the show really needs an announcer instead of Colbert’s voice over when he does the intro.

  6. Ryno5656 says:

    Jenny McCarty used to do the bit where she laid on the ground and asked deep questions to her guests when she used to have a late night talk show.

  7. thisismenow says:

    While I liked, The Hat Has Spoken, the Big Questions with Bigger Stars was painful. But I do think if it were retooled it has the potential to be awesome too.

  8. accordingtoame says:

    The Hat thing was basically New Rules with a Hat

  9. DavidJ says:

    Liked the hat one (if only because watching Stephen act imperious is so much fun), but while Big Questions has potential the actual questions just weren’t all that interesting or clever.

  10. Bob says:

    The hat skit was reminiscent of Johnny Carson and his Carnac character. I think it can definitely become a regular and identifying persona for Stephen.

  11. Patrick says:

    I think Colbert will have some trouble with the recurring skits/bits. His strength is the monologue and interviews.

  12. Bob Backus says:

    “fresh material” Wow do you need a dictionary. If this was fresh I introduce you to the new thing at McDonalds- McNuggets. If this was “fresh” I need to introduce you to the 80s,90s, 00s, 10s. Even the questions\laws were straight out of the 90s.