It’s hard to believe that Stephen Colbert’s tenure on The Colbert Report is ending, and ending very soon. This week, the longtime political comedy talk show host spoke out to say his final episode will hit the schedule on December 18. He’s also lined up a slew of guests for his final week of episodes. Among them are Seth Rogen and some dude named “Grimmy.”
Seth Rogen is expected to be the first guest next week. According to Comedy Central, the actor will pop up in Monday’s episode, likely as yet another stop on his press tour for The Interview, which opens on Christmas day. He also recently popped up on @Midnight, Naked and Afraid and Saturday Night Live for similar purposes. On Tuesday night, Colbert plans to have on rapper Kendrick Lamar for a big performance. The next day, author Phil Clay, who has won a bunch of book awards and wrote Redeployment will join Stephen Colbert on the stage.
This leads us to the December 18 finale, where “Grimmy” is expected to appear. If you’ve been keeping up with The Colbert Report in recent months, you’ll know that the Grim Reaper has been popping up around Colbert’s stage on the show. Because a folksy Grim Reaper is not particularly a high profile guest for the last episode, I get the feeling Colbert will have some other trick or surprise up his sleeve. But due to the nature of surprises, we obviously can’t tell you what is going to happen.
Of course, nothing could really top the epic taping Stephen Colbert and his team put together this week in Washington D.C. Somehow, they were able to rope President Obama into joining the show for an interview. Not only did he produce said interview, he also opened the show, capably doing Colbert’s monologue about healthcare and the American populace. It’s pretty funny, if you get a chance to watch it.
Following his last episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert is expected to head to CBS, where he will take over David Letterman’s job on The Late Show. (In his words, he’s “won TV.”) Because he is moving into a new late night position, he will also be raffling off some awesome stuff from the set, including his c-shaped desk and his fireplace, for charity. If you want to find out how you can donate and enter the raffle, there’s plenty of information here.
It still seems a little strange that Stephen Colbert’s run on The Colbert Report is coming to a close, just as it seems strange that David Letterman will no longer be on our televisions come summer. On the bright side, it’s great that the two men are leaving on their own terms and that fans will get kickass final weeks with the talk show hosts. The Colbert Report’s final run will begin Monday, December 15 at 11:30 p.m. ET.