6:35pm PT by Kate Stanhope
'Late Show With Stephen Colbert' Sets Russia Week
Stephen Colbert is ready to tell the world about his recent trip to Russia.
CBS' The Late Show will kick off "Russia Week" on Monday, July 17, with five new episodes that include highlights from his recent trip to the country last month.
Throughout the week, The Late Show will air pieces shot while Colbert was in St. Petersburg and Moscow, featuring his interactions with the Russian people, his interview and vodka shots on the Russian late-night television talk show Evening Urgant and lessons he learned on how to live the oligarch lifestyle from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov.
In addition to the many highlights from Colbert's trip abroad, the late-night talk show host has extended an open invitation to any Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer with dirt on Hillary Clinton. Other Late Show guests for the week will include former Vice President Al Gore, Issa Rae, Keegan-Michael Key, Jason Bateman and Muse.
“I was asked to go to Russia by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant to meet with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to my show,” claimed Colbert in a statement. “Donald Trump Jr.’s father knew nothing of the meeting or these events. Or evidently, much else.”
Colbert first revealed he was visiting Russia in a tweet on June 22 in response to President Donald Trump's tweet about denying the existence of any tapes made of ousted FBI director James Comey.
— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 22, 2017
The following Monday, June 26, Colbert returned to the Late Show desk and first opened up about his trip abroad.
Colbert is the latest of several TV personalities to head to Russia in recent months. Megyn Kelly traveled there earlier in June for an interview with Russian leader Vladimir Putin for her new NBC newsmagazine show. Russia has been under scrutiny in recent months for its alleged connections to the president and specifically the allegations that it somehow tampered with the results of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
In recent days, more questions about Trump's ties to Russia have been raised after news reports surfaced about a meeting between son Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign who promised damaging information on Clinton, then Trump's opponent.
This isn't the first time Colbert has traveled for The Late Show. He did a week of live episodes from Philadelphia and Cleveland for the respective Democratic and Republican National Conventions in 2016. Colbert has increasingly leaned in to more political coverage, which he used to cover aggressively on his former Comedy Central show The Colbert Report and before that on The Daily Show. He also did a live special for Showtime the night of the election, as well as a live broadcast of The Late Show on the day of Trump's inauguration.