Stephen Colbert has technically colluded with Russia.
The host of The Late Show went abroad to Saint Petersburg, where he met his Russian late-night TV host equivalent, Ivan Urgant, and appeared on his show, Evening Urgant. The pair threw back vodka shots, joked about Russian interference with the U.S. election, and mocked President Donald Trump.
“I am so honored to be here right now because you are the No. 1 show here, and this is the state TV, so you’re officially an employee of the state and we agreed that I would appear here on the show,” Colbert told Urgant in front of his television audience. “We, uh, what’s the word for it? We colluded that I would be here on the show, and so I look forward to going back to America and testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about colluding with Russians.”
During an off-air chat with Colbert, Urgant described his show as more Jimmy Fallon than John Oliver. To that end, they played one of his games called Russian Russian Roulette. It wasn’t complicated: they each took turns spinning a turntable full of shot glasses until the arrow landed on one. They were all filled with vodka, so it proved to be the ultimate drinking game that guaranteed a buzz.
Since this Russian government-approved television show would probably not be available in the U.S. — other than in Trump Tower, Urgant joked — Colbert took this opportunity to announce his bid for the 2020 presidential election. “I thought it would be great to cut out the middle man and tell the Russians myself: If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, please,” he joked.
Watch Colbert’s trip to Russia’s Evening Urgant in the Late Show clip above.