Stephen Colbert stuck it to corporate lawyers on Wednesday’s Late Show, finding ways to work around two big things he said they informed him he could not do: portray his “Colbert” persona popularized on his former show, The Colbert Report, and perform his classic bit The Word. According to Colbert, the notice came when he resurrected both his persona and segment while covering the Republican National Convention last week.
“You know who didn’t enjoy it so much? Corporate lawyers,” he said. “Because, and this is true, immediately after that show, CBS’ top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character ‘Stephen Colbert’ is their intellectual property, which is surprising because I never considered that guy much of an intellectual. So it is with a heavy heart that I announce that, thanks to corporate lawyers, the character of ‘Stephen Colbert,’ host of The Colbert Report, will never be seen again.”
Nevermind that! Colbert had just the solution: “Stephen Colbert’s identical twin cousin,” who made his first appearance live from the Democratic National Convention, perfectly clad in a short-sleeved, button-down shirt inspired by the American flag.
“Hello, America!” he hollered, sounding exactly like “Stephen Colbert.” “Stay strong, be brave.”
After showing viewers exactly what they can expect from cousin “Stephen Colbert” — who is essentially a clone — Colbert moved on to introduce his new segment, WERD: The Lesser of Two Evils.
“You might have to vote for a person you don’t really want,” he said of the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “But it’s better than getting the person you really don’t want.”
Watch the video below.