Stephen Colbert Steals RNC Stage, Launches "Republican National Hungry for Power Games"


TBH, the Republican presidential race doesn't look too different from the Hunger Games this year. Bizarre hair? Check. A large pool of scrappy contenders cut down one-by-one over months of infighting? Check. Host Caesar Flickerman? Check — thanks to Stephen Colbert, who donned a blue wig and a jazzy jacket while crashing the Republican National Convention Sunday.

The Late Show host took over the Cleveland RNC stage to bring full circle a bit he's performed on his show since the beginning of the election cycle. And while Colbert's coverage of the convention was pre-planned, his full Flickerman regalia — complete with live ferret — probably wasn't part of that. Maybe it was the element of surprise that allowed Colbert to get in a few jabs before security came to corral him.

"He [Trump] has formed an alliance with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence," Colbert said into the mic, pretending to nod off on cue, as if to suggest Pence were boring or something. "Sorry, I blacked out there for a moment."

"It is my honor to launch and begin the 2016 Republican National Hungry for Power Games," he continued, banging his gavel before a man in a suit showed up to escort him offstage.

"I know I'm not supposed to be up here," Colbert can be heard to say, "but if we're honest, neither is Donald Trump."


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