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Dan Snierson
January 30, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST

Tuesday night, President Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address to Congress. Will it be polarizing? Almost certainly. Will you be watching? Without doubt.

Among those who will be ready to weigh in is Stephen Colbert, host of The Late Show (and executive producer of Showtime’s new animated Trump-tweaking series, Our Cartoon President). For the first time in almost a year, Colbert will do a live episode of The Late Show to react to the State of the Union address, and he tells EW that this installment will be “the biggest political event of the year, second only to Ben Carson’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.”

What’s one guarantee that Colbert’s willing to make about President Trump’s speech? “It will make me miss Barack Obama. And George W. Bush. And pretty much every other president,” he quips. “Word on the street is that instead of ‘Hail to the Chief,’ Trump is going to enter to the Commodores’ 1977 funk classic ‘Brick House.'”

And what’s one guarantee that he will make about his own reaction to the speech? “My reaction to the State of the Union probably won’t be very positive,” says Colbert. “But it won’t be as bad as some of his supporters, who are hoping for a State of the Confederacy.”

In any case, Colbert will employ a sensible strategy to survive the wild night. “My approach is to strap in, buckle up, keep my hands inside the vehicle, and hold tight,” he says. “It’s going to be a roller coaster of a night, and just like on a roller coaster, I may end up throwing up.”

Colbert’s guests that night include Pod Save America hosts Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau, and Jon Lovett, in addition to Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson of 2 Dope Queens. Chris Stapleton will serve as the musical guest.

The episode will air on CBS at 11:35 p.m. ET (delayed on the West Coast) from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.

Other late-night talk shows are prepping special shows for the SOTU spectacle: Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper will go live, while ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will welcome Stormy Daniels, the porn star with whom Trump allegedly had an affair.

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