Former cast members of “The Daily Show” will reunite on “Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” May 9, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Colbert’s “Daily Show” debut.
The Montclair resident was a “Daily Show” correspondent from 1997 to 2005, working, originally, with host Craig Kilborn, and then Kilborn’s replacement, Jon Stewart. He then hosted his own “The Colbert Report” for 10 seasons before taking over from David Letterman as the host of “Late Show.”
Next Tuesday (May 9), said Colbert on the May 2 “Late Show,” “we’ve got a very special show, because I’m coming up on my 20th anniversary of having started on ‘The Daily Show’ … I think it was like June 2 of 1997. … We’re not doing a show that week, so next week, a week from today, a bunch of my old buddies from ‘The Daily Show’ are going to be on here, and we’re going to reminisce, we’re going to talk, we’re going to have fun, we’re going to do some comedy about all those great times we had together.”
(May 4 Update: Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry have been confirmed as guests on the May 9 show.)
Moments previously, Colbert took the unusual step of encouraging his viewers to watch a clip by his late night rival Jimmy Kimmel, who made an emotional speech on his “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show Monday night, discussing the health problems of his infant son.
Billy Kimmel, born April 21, was diagnosed almost immediately with a heart defect and had to have open heart surgery (which was successful). (Watch Kimmel’s speech below)
“I just want to say to anybody out there,” said Colbert, “is that if you haven’t seen Jimmy’s monologue last night, about his child who was born with a heart defect, and they had to have surgery … please go watch it. It’s an absolutely beautiful, heartfelt story, and it’s a call for all people to have access to the same quality health care, because it is a basic human need, and an aspect of our dignity as citizens of the United States.”