Is The Late Show with Stephen Colbert new tonight, December 18?

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘s schedule has been anything but predictable lately. So what should fans expect to see tonight on CBS?

Thankfully, Stephen Colbert has fully recovered from his ruptured appendix that cost him two weeks of shows. The comedian returned to work last week, but the holidays are quickly approaching.

But the good news is that Colbert isn’t ready for a vacation quite yet. There will be a brand new episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight.

Expect Colbert’s monologue to bring the audience up to speed on Donald Trump’s latest rallies as well as developments in the former president’s trials. Trump remains the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to Colbert’s monologue.

Who is on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight, December 18?

First up, fellow late-night TV star Kenan Thompson joins Stephen Colbert. The Saturday Night Live cast member visits The Late Show to promote his new memoir Life Lessons, Funny Stories & Questionable Parenting Advice from a Professional Clown. He’ll also have a few stories from SNL season 49 and perhaps share insight on his future at Studio 8H.

Then, Olivia Rodrigo gets her turn in the spotlight. The pop star will give fans a performance of her hit single “Vampire.” The Late Show‘s official Instagram account gave a sneak peek ahead of tonight’s episode, suggesting audiences are in for a spectacle.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs tonight, December 18, at 11:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The show also streams on Paramount+.