The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

10 Best Episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert - Season 3

Stephen Colbert brings his signature satire and comedy to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the #1 show in late night, where he talks with an eclectic mix of guests about what is new and relevant in the worlds of politics, entertainment, business, music, technology, and more. Featuring bandleader Jon Batiste with his band Stay Human, the Emmy Award-nominated show is broadcast from the historic Ed Sullivan Theater. Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell, and Jon Stewart are executive producers. Barry Julien and Denise Rehrig serve as co-executive producers.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 12, 2023.

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#15 - Charlize Theron/Ron Howard/J.J. Abrams (Season 3 - Episode 132)

Charlize Theron (Tully (2018)); director Ron Howard (Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)). Also: Producer J.J. Abrams ("The Play That Goes Wrong") joins Stephen for a crosstown adventure.

The episode was rated 7.73 from 22 votes.

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#14 - Jim Gaffigan/Michael Avenatti/David Chang (Season 3 - Episode 131)

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Comic Jim Gaffigan; attorney Michael Avenatti; restaurateur David Chang;

The episode was rated 7.73 from 26 votes.

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#13 - Eric Holder/John Cleese/Arctic Monkeys (Season 3 - Episode 177)

Former Attorney General Eric Holder; actor John Cleese; Arctic Monkeys perform;

The episode was rated 7.74 from 19 votes.

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#12 - Tom Hanks/Katy Tur/Mac DeMarco (Season 3 - Episode 57)

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Actor Tom Hanks ("The Post"); journalist Katy Tur; Mac DeMarco sits in with Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 27 votes.

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#11 - Kathy Bates (Season 3 - Episode 19)

Actress Kathy Bates (Disjointed (2017));

The episode was rated 7.75 from 36 votes.

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#10 - Liev Schreiber/Joe Buck/Sonequa Martin-Green/Sheila E. (Season 3 - Episode 2)

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Actor Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan (2013) and Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)); sportscaster Joe Buck; actress Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead (2010)); Sheila E. performs.

The episode was rated 7.77 from 44 votes.

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#9 - Samantha Bee/Leslie Odom Jr./Tom Segura (Season 3 - Episode 110)

Comic Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (2016)); actor Leslie Odom Jr. (The Jazz Ambassadors (2018)); comic Tom Segura;

The episode was rated 7.81 from 31 votes.

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#8 - Natalie Portman/Marc Maron/Alt-J/Pusha T (Season 3 - Episode 156)

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Actress Natalie Portman (Eating Animals (2017)); actor Marc Maron (GLOW (2017)); Alt-J and Pusha T perform;

The episode was rated 7.81 from 16 votes.

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#7 - Michael Weatherly/Natasha Leggero/Paul Weller (Season 3 - Episode 16)

Actor Michael Weatherly (Bull (2016)); actress Natasha Leggero (Dice (2016)); Paul Weller performs.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 33 votes.

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#6 - Neil deGrasse Tyson (Season 3 - Episode 64)

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 40 votes.

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#5 - Helen Hunt/Kevin Smith/Paramore (Season 3 - Episode 130)

Actress Helen Hunt (Candy Jar (2018)); filmmaker Kevin Smith (Kevin Smith: Silent But Deadly (2018)); Paramore perform;

The episode was rated 7.89 from 19 votes.

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#4 - James Comey/Jason Aldean (Season 3 - Episode 120)

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Former FBI director James Comey (book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership"). Also: Jason Aldean performs.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 27 votes.

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#3 - Pod Save America/Constance Wu (Season 3 - Episode 194)

Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett and Tommy Vietor (Pod Save America (2017)); Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians (2018)). Also: A tribute to Aretha Franklin.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 24 votes.

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#2 - Jennifer Lawrence/Patton Oswalt/MGMT (Season 3 - Episode 93)

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Actress Jennifer Lawrence (Red Sparrow (2018)); actor Patton Oswalt (Happy! (2017)); MGMT perform.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 48 votes.

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#1 - Michael Shannon/Meghan McCain/John Mellencamp (Season 3 - Episode 83)

Actor Michael Shannon ("The Shape of Water"); TV hostess Meghan McCain ("The View"); John Mellencamp performs.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 27 votes.

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