Stephen Colbert faced legal woes following the return of his Colbert Report persona on the July 18 edition of The Late Show. As a result, the CBS funnyman retired the character on Wednesday, and in his place introduced his identical twin cousin. His name? Also Stephen Colbert.
“Hello, Colbert Country,” the twin Colbert said, not to be confused with the Colbert Report host’s well known tendency to address The Nation. What followed was an explanation of how he and his alleged cousin are identical.
“It’s simple, Stephen. Our moms were identical twins who married identical twin husbands, then had sex at the exact same moment and gave us the same name.”
Though this never-before-seen cousin appeared via satellite from the Democratic National Convention, he never had a chance to weigh in on Night 3. Instead, he insisted that he was “happy to be here tonight to save this country and join the Late Show team.” In other words, we can probably expect copious amounts of Cousin Colbert in the near future.
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Afterwards, the real Colbert got back to business, breaking down the potential outcome of the 2016 election in a new installment of “The Word,” which for legal purposes, is now called “Werd.” In it, he spoke of how both Republicans and Democrats are ready to settle for “The McDonald’s Angry Meal” (Donald Trump) or “President Wonder Bread” (Hillary Clinton) come November. He then insinuated (via on-screen graphic) that the better option might be writing in Michelle Obama, who is fresh off an acclaimed DNC speech.
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