It’s near impossible to upstage Beyoncé’s show-stealing performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, but Stephen Colbert did his best to dethrone Queen B in a parody on Monday’s The Late Show.
Opting for wittiness over wow factor, he spoofed the poetic opening lines of Lemonade. “I had to climb out the window just to get to work this morning,” he recited, riffing on the line “A stairway leads to nothing.” He then feigned panic over the flames engulfing his dramatic white wardrobe, a play on the singer’s pyrotechnic-laden set.
His skit follows Beyoncé’s massive VMAs sweep, which saw her take home eight awards from her 11-nomination lead, including Video of the Year for “Formation.”
Watch Colbert parody Beyoncé’s performance above.