Just in time for the presidential conventions, Jon Stewart is returning to late night television.
No, the former “Daily Show” star isn’t going back to the show where he found fame by talking hilarious truth to politicians, media and other forms of power. Instead, he’ll join his good buddy Stephen Colbert on Monday night’s “Late Show” on CBS (it airs at 11:35 p.m.)
Stephen Colbert, left, and Jon Stewart at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008. Stewart will appear on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” for Monday night’s live episode after the first day of the Republican National Convention.(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
It’s the first of four live shows Colbert — who got his start as a wiseacre correspondent on the Stewart-hosted “Daily Show” — will be doing this week so as to better take advantage of that day’s goings-on at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (In the spirit of bipartisan skewering, Colbert will be back with four more live shows during next week’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia).
Beyond being good news for Stewart’s bereft fans, who’ve missed his biting wit since he voluntarily left the “Daily Show” last August, this automatically ups the celebrity factor associated with the GOP gathering. Presumed presidential nominee Donald Trump has been promising his lineup of speakers and guests would feature more sizzle than the usual dry political convention fare. But after rumors of Tom Brady and Tim Tebow failed to pay off, Trump’s big “get” over the weekend turned out to be Scott Baio of “Joanie Loves Chachi” and “Charles in Charge” fame.
Colbert himself did show up in Cleveland on Sunday, to tape some segments for “Late Show.” He’ll be back in New York to host the live shows starting on Monday, but a team of correspondents and producers will remain on-site to produce pieces at the convention.
Might Stewart join them there at some point? The Hollywood Reporter says it’s learned Stewart will “take part” in some other convention-themed episodes, but that CBS is being totally tightlipped on the topic.
Start looking over your shoulder, Scott Baio . . .