Stephen Colbert had on the Late Show as his two main guests this Wednesday night actor Hugh Jackman and the CEO of the Global Poverty Project, Hugh Evans. Colbert also interviewed Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. Pearl Jam was the musical guest of the episode.
At the beginning of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert did a dance as band leader, Jon Batiste, and the house band, Stay Human, played music. Then, the studio audience chanted “Stephen! Stephen!” over and over again, all of them standing the entire time, showing their love of Colbert.
“Welcome to Late Show With Stephen Colbert. You know what I hate? Injustice! A court has struck down the copyright for Happy Birthday. It’s now public domain.”
Then, Colbert gave an example of a Happy Birthday song that he and other employees sang when he worked at a restaurant. It was funny…he did it with an English accent.
Colbert said that his guests tonight on the Late Show will be Hugh Jackman, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and the musical guest will be “The great Pearl Jam.”
Jon Batiste and Stay Human began playing the Late Show Theme Song. The audience clapped, but Colbert said, “No clapping. I have one more joke. Four billion people still don’t have Internet, but three billion are still waiting for the Time Warner guy.”
Stephen Colbert sat at his desk, and the audience chanted his first name again. Colbert joked about the Pope’s visit, saying that the Pope was picked up in a Fiat, “Proving that he’s a man of enormous faith. ‘Oh, Lord, bless this car, because it’s nothing but a roller skate.'”
Colbert joked some more about the Pope, saying “It’s a whirlwind tour for the Pope, as he’s got stops in cities all over the country. The Pope even went so far as to call Capitalism ‘The dung of the Devil,’ which was also the name of my high school band.”
“The Pope is asking us all to change our positions on carbon emissions. Which is strange, as the Church has long had a missionary position,” Colbert said.
Following a commercial break on the Late Show, Stephen Colbert asked Jon Batiste, “Are you happy here at the Late Show?” Jon Batiste said that he was, and there were even Pop Tarts in the break room. Then, Colbert talked about a book that he saw at the book store, about a tell all Behind-the-Scenes look at Colbert. He read, “There’s not a day goes by that Colbert doesn’t use Meth.”
Batiste said, “That’s a typo. It’s supposed to be ‘There’s not a day goes by that Stephen Colbert doesn’t use Math.’ I use Math everyday, too.”
“I can’t forgive this,” Colbert said.
“Check out the dedication,” Batiste told him. It talked about how nice of a person that Colbert was and then, Colbert told Batiste that he was sorry.
Batiste said, “Remember that next week, when the Lifetime movie comes out.”
When the Late Show came back on after another break, Stephen Colbert introduced his first guest, actor Hugh Jackman, and also CEO of the Global Poverty Project, Hugh Evans. “Hugh Evans, you’re the founder of the Global Poverty Project, and what is your goal?”
“Our goal is to end global poverty in our lifetime,” Evans replied.
Colbert asked about a specific date, and Evans said, “by 2030.”
Then, Stephen Colbert asked Jackman how did he get involved in it. Jackman talked about meeting Evans at a party and he got Jackman a drink, a Gin and Tonic. Jackman said that he was embarrassed after having thought that Evans was a waiter. Jackman said that they ended up talking for over three hours, and that he realized Evans knew far more about the subject than he did.
Both Jackman and Evans talked about the festival that they had arranged, which will have Pearl Jam and several celebs at it. People cannot buy a ticket, but they can go by “becoming Global Citizens” at the website. Evans said, “This is a historic week and moment.”
He said that there will be a lot of world leaders in town, and that this weekend, they have a great chance to talk to the leaders and relieve extreme poverty around the world. Evans said extreme world poverty has already gone down from over 50 percent to just over 20 percent. The Global Citizens Festival will take place in Central Park this coming weekend.
Stephen Colbert’s next guest on the Late Show was Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren. “The first time I met you, you were not a senator, and now you are a senator. But, you’re not running for President. Are you sure you’re not running for President? Can you tell us why you’d be such a terrible choice for the President?”
“The game is rigged,” Warren told Colbert.
“What do you mean?” he asked her.
“The game is great for millionaires, Congressmen, lawyers, but not for the people of the United States,” she replied.
“If the game is rigged, how do you un-rig it?” Colbert asked. “Knock everything over?”
Warren said, “Partially. We have made some progress. From 1935-1980, we built America’s Middle Class. We did it together.”
Colbert asked, “What went wrong?”
Warren said, “Do you remember what happened around 1980?”
Colbert mentioned, “I got my first girlfriend.”
Warren told him, “Trickle down economics.”
Colbert said, “People don’t want to be taxed, though. They want to become a part of the one percent.”
Warren said, “They want to be able to pay their bills and afford to send their children to college. One hundred percent of the income growth since the 1980s has been by the upper one percent.”
Stephen Colbert said that when laws are being written, the wealthy players with their lobbyists are also in the room, and they just change the rules. Warren talked with Colbert about how changes can be made and are being made to try remedy this situation.
When the Late Show returned after still more commercials, host Stephen Colbert introduced the musical group, Pearl Jam. They were interviewed by Colbert, who thanked them “for doing Global Citizens.” They then talked about having met Hugh Evans.
“Why has activism always been a part of your guys’ concerns?” Colbert asked.
They mentioned that they had always been interested, even back in the 1990s, and were influenced by Bono and Peter Gabriel. “To get tickets to this event, people actually have to do good deeds,” Colbert said.
They talked a bit more, and then Colbert asked if “they would stick around, and perform.” They agreed to do exactly that, and the Late Show headed for another commercial break.
Pearl Jam hit the stage after the break, and they jammed out. They will be headlining at Central Park this weekend. Pearl Jam rocked the Ed Sullivan Theater out! It was like a sonic blast of Pearl Jam goodness as they performed, bringing the entire audience to their feet.
The studio audience chanted, “One more song! One more song!” Pearl Jam obliged, performing a terrific cover of Rockin’ in the Free World, by Neil Young. They kept playing, as the Late Show ended.
Stephen Colbert had on as his guests Hugh Jackman, Hugh Evans, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Pearl Jam. The two Hughes, Jackman and Evans, talked about striving to end global poverty by the year 2030. Senator Elizabeth Warren talked with Colbert about the injustice in the fact that the upper one percent of the wealthiest American have more wealth than the bottom 99 percent, combined. Pearl Jam kicked out the jams on the Late Show, playing not just one, but two, great songs.
By John Samuels
Photos Courtesy CBS