Stephen Colbert Revives Colbert Report Persona With Help From Jon Stewart

“Did you miss me? I know I did.”

Those were the first words uttered by Stephen Colbert’s former Colbert Report alter ego when he arrived at the Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday to discuss Donald Trump and the Republican National Convention.  

After filling us in on his two-year absence (he’s been living off the grid with Jon Stewart and preparing for the end of the world), the man who coined the term “truthiness” took to the Late Show desk to explain the rise of Trump — and in turn, “Trumpiness” — in a new installment of “The Word.”

Stewart, on the other hand, couldn’t be bothered to leave his cabin in the woods, where he’s been perfectly happy making kale jerky and avoiding politics altogether. (The real Colbert hinted later that Stewart would put in another appearance later this week.)

“Truthiness is believing something that feels true, even if it isn’t supported by fact,” Colbert’s alter ego explained. “Truthiness was from the gut, but Trumpiness clearly comes from much further down the gastrointestinal tract. These legitimately angry voters don’t need a leader to say things that are true or feel true. They need a leader to feel things that feel feels.” In this Colbert’s eyes, Trump is “an emotional megaphone for voters full of rage at a government that achieves nothing, an economic system that leaves them behind and politics that elects people unfit for the job. And if you don’t share their feeling — that you don’t recognize your country anymore — trust me: If Trump wins, you will.”

What did you think of the return of “Stephen Colbert”? Were you jumping for joy or off a ledge by the end of the segment? Sound off in the comments.

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  1. Angela says:

    Yeeeeeeeeeees. A “WORD” segment :D. That made me so happy. And as always, it was spot on.
    Good to see Jon pop up, too, if only briefly-hopefully he’ll have a bigger role if and when he does show up again later this week.
    Also, the opening musical number was awesome, as was Stephen crashing the podium when at the convention hall. If tonight’s segments are any indication, this is going to be a FUN week of shows.

  2. maggie says:

    This was awesome! Stephen has shown he can be himself, yet occasionally be The Colbert Report’s Stephen Colbert, and it works. It seems like Jon Stewart will be back again this week as well.

  3. Big Cheddar says:

    Oh Jon & Stephen – how I’ve missed you so….

  4. Irishrose4583 says:

    I didn’t realize how much I missed them and their political commentary!

  5. Kathleen Nann says:

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! We need more truth on trumpiness and only Stephen and Jon can show us the way!

  6. Once every couple of months we need to hear from “Stephen Colbert”

    That segment was so amazing!

  7. JScout says:

    So wonderful. So funny. And so true! Welcome back Stephen Colbert.

  8. Louise says:

    I was definitely jumping from joy! I’ve missed ‘Stephen’ so much

  9. Kathleen says:

    Love him! It is time for him to step up to present a clear vision of conservative politics and where we are standing in this election year. Welcome back!
    Please tell Jon his country needshim back for the next four months or more if can can do it.
    Can omly tolerate this next few months if I have both of you speaking out.

  10. Deborah says:

    Stephen, you are my hero crashing the podium at the RNC! Genius.

    I love the Late Show just as it is, but your character from the Colbert Report was so popular that I don’t know how you can leave him completely behind. A little of him now and then shouldn’t hurt anything.

    I have to say I got a tear in my eye seeing you and Jon together again. And for a few minutes the universe was back in balance.