Stephen Colbert kicked off his Showtime election special by taking advantage of the cable network’s uncensored format, introducing himself as “Stephen F‑‑‑ing Colbert” and promising nude stunts during the hourlong program.
The opening segment of Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going To Clean Up This S‑‑‑?, which was streamed on Facebook Live, began with a satirical cartoon tracing Donald Trump’s political rise, and then transitioned to a Colbert monologue.
“What a year tonight has been,” the Late Show host said. “Right now … the election is too close to call, and too terrifying to contemplate. The yuge story is that Trump has outperformed expectations in early results.”
He continued, “This one is a nail-biter and a passport grabber. It feels like we’re trying to avoid the apocalypse, and half the country is voting for the asteroid.”
Elsewhere in his monologue, Colbert riffed on the recent meme about Trump peeking at his wife’s ballot, and he introduced his own election results map — with Trump states turning orange instead of red and Hillary Clinton’s being “deleted” instead of turning blue. Colbert also played a highlight reel of some of his greatest censored moments on The Late Show, this time in all their profane glory.
Watch the opening of Colbert’s election special above.