“Late Show” host Stephen Colbert has traveled to Russia to produce a series of show packages that could air as early as next week.
Imagination is not required to know what sort of “found” comedy Colbert has set out to find, while he said in a tweet posted Thursday afternoon to President Donald Trump’s personal account: Don’t worry, Mr. President. I’m in Russia. If the “tapes” exist, I’ll bring you back a copy!” (Colbert was referring to reports of Russian dossier of damaging personal information, which was said to have included compromising videotapes of the president).
A show spokeswoman said, “Stephen is there on assignment for a future broadcast.”
This is Colbert’s first trip abroad for “Late Show,” and although the show won’t originate in Russia — which would be something — it will yield material. The possible nexus between Russia, Trump and the 2016 election has generated at least a joke a night on “Late Show,” like this one from the June 15 edition: “[Robert] Mueller is like Batman, putting together The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman to create the Obstruction of Justice League.”
CBS declined to comment further on the purpose of Colbert’s trip.