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10 Bandleaders for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show

on April 10, 2014, 3:12pm
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Well, that was fast: Stephen Colbert is officially set to take over David Letterman’s Late Show in 2015. That means everyone can stop suggesting replacements, NBC can start sweating bullets, and this week’s admittedly lackluster rumor mill can shut down. Still, there’s much to be decided. Will Colbert adopt a new personality? What will follow The Daily Show? And, most importantly, who will fill in for Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra?

Because we’re music enthusiasts, of course Late Show’s next bandleader is on the top of our minds. The Tonight Show has Questlove, Late Night has Fred Armisen, and Conan has Jimmy Vivino. So, who will Colbert shoot the shit with on a nightly basis? It’s way too early to tell, but already we thought about 10 proper candidates, and you’ll find them all ahead, ranked to our preference.

As you may recall, most of these names have a history with CBS’ hot new acquisition.

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July 11, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Sweetpro!! The band and composers for the FX show Louie!@ hands down!

May 6, 2014 at 10:48 am

wow. Paul and his band were able to expertly accompany just about any pop, rock, jazz, funk, country, etc type of artist that ever came on Dave’s show…. imagine any 1 of the 10 listed here being called on for that kind of music professionalism?? it’s laughable…

April 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Do not overlook NYC’s very own Andrew W.K. Great pianist and extremely funny personality. Check out clips of him on news and talk shows, and his hosting gig on Cartoon Network’s “Destroy Build Destroy.” It’s a no-brainer!

Steve (@theDJsteve)
April 11, 2014 at 1:07 pm

James Murphy on late night TV would be about as interesting as watching bread rise in half time.

April 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

Murphy would rather die than do this.

April 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

How is there no Jack White, he would be the perfect foil to Colbert and he would be totally willing to do it.

April 10, 2014 at 6:07 pm

These were all pretty dumb… Reggie Watts would be perfect if he didn’t have Comedy Bang Bang…

April 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Danny Elfman and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo.

There is no other choice.

April 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm

All of these suggestions are either absolutely terrible or absurdly far-fetched. First, why would a personable front-man/woman/entireBand take a gig as a personality foil and segueway monkey? I’d never want to see James Murphy in the backup role that this person would inevitably fill. Second, why does there need to be a CBS orchestra in the first place? Seems like Colbert’s been doing well enough without.

Except Ben Folds. I could see that working. Ben Folds as DJ and one-man-band.

Michael Roffman
April 10, 2014 at 3:55 pm

First, why would a personable front-man/woman/entireBand take a gig as a personality foil and segueway monkey?>>

I dunno. Ask The Roots how it worked out for them.

August 23, 2014 at 9:51 pm

The band “Sweetpro” is by far the most versatile group on television, as demonstrated by the show Louie. A lot of acclaim for Matt Kilmer and his group!! The keyboardist/pianist is one of those guys that can start playing ANYTHING based on what someone just said. Perfect choice!!

April 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

This is the most asinine thing I’ve read on the internet in months, and that says a lot.

Michael Roffman
April 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

I think Zach Braff beats me there:

Jason Bentley
April 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Union Station.


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