Stephen Colbert is already making late night TV history at the Republican National Convention.
On Sunday — one day before the convention officially launches in Cleveland — the Late Show host crashed the stage to make an impromptu speech. Dressed as Caesar Flickerman from The Hunger Games, Colbert kicked things off by describing how Trump has “has formed an alliance with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence,” a.k.a. his running mate.
Then Colbert pretended to fall asleep. “Sorry, I blacked out there for a moment,” he explained. “So it is my honor to hereby launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry for Power Games!”
The presumed upcoming segment in his Hungry for Power Games series ended as a security guard began escorting Colbert from the podium. Colbert quipped, “Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but let’s be honest, neither is Donald Trump.”
An audience member took video of the act and posted it to YouTube.
Colbert also poked fun at the level of access he’s gaining, writing on Twitter, “At the center of power at the RNC.” The tweet was posted with an image showing Colbert next to an electrical outlet.
Colbert will be joined by his longtime friend Jon Stewart for his coverage of the convention on Monday. Next week, Colbert is expected to cover the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.