Newswire: Stephen Colbert tests his hosting skills on Michigan public access

The new Late Show won’t premiere until September, but Stephen Colbert decided to get some practice hosting a TV show—something he has never done before, as that was a different Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report—by stopping in Monroe, Michigan and guest-hosting an episode of its public access talk show Only In Monroe. Colbert sat down with usual hosts Michelle Baumann and Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson, discussed local Monroe-area news, and interviewed a local rap musician named Marshall Mathers.

Not all of us are lucky enough to live in Monroe, Michigan, though, so Colbert has uploaded the entire 40-minute episode to his Late Show YouTube account. It’s wacky, it’s bizarre, and it’s all played weirdly straight, as if it’s totally normal that Colbert is guest-hosting a public-access show in a town that nobody has heard of. As funny as it all is …

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