Russia has been in the news in recent months, if you haven’t noticed, so Stephen Colbert decided to grab his passport and check out for himself the controversy-courting country that seems to excel at election tampering.
Starting July 17, The Late Show will offer up “Russia Week,” a week of episodes that feature highlights from his overseas adventures, CBS revealed on Monday. Installments of that week’s late-night shows will include segments filmed in Moscow and St. Petersburg, conversations with Russian citizens, an interview he did with Russian late-night television show “Evening Urgant,” and “lessons he learned on how to live the oligarch lifestyle” from billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
“I was asked to go to Russia by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to meet with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to my show,” quipped Colbert in a statement. “Donald Trump Jr.’s father knew nothing of the meeting or these events. Or evidently, much else.”
Stateside guests in the Ed Sullivan Theatre that week will include former Vice President Al Gore, Issa Rae, Keegan-Michael Key, Jason Bateman, and Muse.
Colbert first tweeted about his Russian expedition on June 22 and talked about his trip and appearance on Evening Urgant during the June 26 installment of The Late Show.