Stephen Colbert broadcasts from his bathtub in special Late Show episode

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ( Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert ( Photo: Scott Kowalchyk/CBS ©2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.) /

Self-quarantining didn’t prevent Stephen Colbert from delivering a Late Show monologue on Monday night.

Recommendations on how to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus have completely upended daily life. Many are taking the necessary precautions like self-quarantining while still trying to find some semblance of normalcy. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert did its part in reaching that goal with a specials “social distancing” episode on Monday night.

Originally, the plan was for New York City-based late night shows to go without a studio audience. That plan was revised once things escalated and the objective became “flattening the curve” through social distancing and self-isolation.

The Late Show did its part to make things as safe and healthy as possible for its staff and fans. First, Stephen Colbert delivered a monologue to an empty studio in what was a surreal yet inspiring performance by everyone at the show.

Things have only become stranger and in response, late night shows and hosts are getting creative on how to stay connected with fans. To that end, The Late Show released “The Lather Show with Scrubbin’ Colbath,” a special episode inspired by social distancing filmed in Colbert’s bathtub.

Nobody would blame comedians like Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, or Trevor Noah from keeping to themselves. There were no expectations that they would continue to produce content, interact with fans on social media, or try to make things as “normal” as possible.

It is a testament to their creativity, appreciation for the fans, and desire to make a positive impact in whatever way possible. Late night fans should be grateful for Colbert and others for what they’ve provided in uncertain times.

Once you get over the fact it looks like Colbert is a YouTuber doing a DIY late night show with a bathtub shtick, it almost feels like a normal episode of The Late Show. The proof? Colbert relentlessly going after President Donald Trump.

Colbert has been critical of President Trump since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreak. Whether it was the lack of an appropriate response or his struggle to accept the reality of the situation, President Trump could do no right in Colbert’s eyes.

But it wasn’t just President Trump who irritated Colbert. He calls out Representative Devin Nunes, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for contradicting the advice of experts.

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These are strange times when a late night comedian provides better public health advice than our leaders. But someone has to step up and set an example and Stephen Colbert is more than happy to set an example from his bathtub. For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.