Scott Kelly, the Obamas open Colbert’s Super Bowl Late Show


Stephen Colbert opened the post-Super Bowl live episode of The Late Show by passing a football to President Obama and astronaut Scott Kelly

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert became the first late-night talk show to ever air directly after the Super Bowl on Sunday night. In addition to the celebrity guests, a few other familiar faces were on hand to help host Stephen Colbert celebrate the historic occasion during the opening segment, including President Barack Obama, astronaut Scott Kelly, Chewbacca and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan.

After announcing the night’s guests, Colbert pretended to toss a football to an Army Lieutenant Colonel in Kandahar, who joked that they had watched Super Bowl 50 nine hours ago, and revealed their seven-layer dip recipe. The comedian then tossed the pigskin over to Kelly in the International Space Station, who said the view was great from his sky box, before trying and failing to throw him back a spiral. The ball appeared to be lost in space until it emerged in the hands of beloved Star Wars character Chewbacca.

Colbert then threw the football to who he called “the tall guy with the really big ears” in the back, a.k.a. the POTUS himself in the White House. Obama complimented Colbert on his arm and then admitted that he knew that the Denver Broncos had won the Super Bowl even though his segment was pre-taped, which he demonstrated by bringing Colbert into the shot with him.

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“All the Super Bowl winners for the next 50 years are written on the back of the Constitution,” Obama explained. “That’s the plot of National Treasure 3.”

Colbert responded, “Sir, there is no National Treasure 3.” To which Obama replied: “Ha — that’s what you think. There will be. The script is on the back of the Declaration of Independence.”

Obama then badly miscued the pass, taking a hard left into the hands of Michelle Obama as she led a group of kids for a Let’s Move workout. The first lady quickly scolded them and asked who was throwing a football in the White House, which prompted her husband to quickly point to Colbert while slowly backing out of the frame.

Watch the opening segment of the post-Super Bowl episode of The Late Show below:

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Kelly made news during the Super Bowl as he tweeted that he was having a one-man viewing party while watching the game from space:

The rest of the live episode of The Late Show (which was largely panned by critics) featured an interview with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot co-stars Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, Zoolander 2’s Will Ferrell imitating an animal expert, comedy duo Key & Peele riffing on touchdown celebrations and Fox News anchor/”Donald Trump’s kryptonite” Megyn Kelly talking about her feud with the outspoken Republican presidential candidate and her opinion on feminism.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. This week’s guests will include Bill O’Reilly, Olivia Wilde, Ben Stiller, Bernie Sanders, Katie Holmes, Christiane Amanpour, Eddie George and Fred Armisen.