For the first time on the road, THE LATE SHOW is coming to Chicago!

For the first time ever, Stephen Colbert is taking his show on the road and he is coming to Chicago. During Monday, April 17, 2024 episode of THE LATE SHOW, Colbert revealed the show would broadcast from Chicago’s storied Auditorium Theatre during the week of this year’s Democratic National Convention, also taking place in Chicago, from Monday, Aug. 19-Thursday, Aug. 22.


The 130 years old Auditorium Theater is going to host the show

“I am very excited to broadcast from the beautiful Auditorium,” said Stephen Colbert about the  place hosting the show in the Windy City. “For one week, The Late Show will be broadcasting from the 130 year old Auditorium Theater,” he said. “It is absolutely gorgeous and so creatively named. The Auditorium Theater is right next to the Cafeteria Restaurant, and, of course, the historic Rooms Hotel,” the TV star jokingly explained, adding: “I started my career in Chicago, let’s see if I can end it there.”
The Auditorium Theatre is a music and performance venue which seats 3,875 people, located in the Auditorium Building at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive in Chicago, Illinois. Inspired by the Richardsonian Romanesque Style of architect Henry Hobson Richardson, the building was designed by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan and completed in 1889.


Stephen Colbert has lived in Chicago for 11 years and is happy to be back

Stephen Colbert feels connected to our city, and for good reasons. Not only the food is great in our fair city, but the weather also seems to have taught the TV host a thing or two about resilience. 

“I lived in Chicago for 11 years, and it holds a special place in my heart—and not because of all the Polish sausage lodged in my aorta,” Colbert said. “Chicago is where I cut my teeth performing at the Second City, and it’s also where this South Carolina boy got an education in winter. Did you know that tears can freeze? I didn’t know that before I lived there! You gotta keep blinking. So, get ready, Chicago, because this summer it’s the return of daaaaaaaa Colbert.”
The announcement was posted on Instagram, where Colbert’s team did not miss the opportunity to hint at a specific Chicagoan food, the deep dish pizza. 


Live broadcasting during the political conventions in previous election years

THE LATE SHOW is a production of The Late Show, Inc. and CBS Studios and is executive produced by Stephen Colbert, Tom Purcell and Jon Stewart.
THE LATE SHOW has broadcast live during the political conventions in previous election years, first in 2016 and again during 2020. In its history, THE LATE SHOW has broadcast live on CBS 46 times.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is an American late-night news and political satire talk show hosted by Stephen Colbert, which premiered on September 8, 2015. Colbert was announced as the new host in April 2014, after existing host David Letterman announced his intention to retire earlier in the month; Colbert had previously hosted Comedy Central’s news satire The Colbert Report, a program where Colbert portrayed a character named Stephen Colbert as a parody of conservative pundits. As such, the series has carried a stronger focus on discussing and satirizing current events, especially within U.S. politics. Some of Colbert’s staff moved to The Late Show, along with Jon Stewart – who previously hosted The Colbert Report’s parent series The Daily Show – serving as an executive producer.
Using his sharp wit, Stephen Colbert shares his views on a number of trending news updates. Later, he invites guests to engage in candid conversations and presents musical performances.


When would the tickets be available

If you think Colbert will be following the nation’s political campaigns with his crew all summer long, that is not the case: the host will continue to tape his late-night show from New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater during the 2024 Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to take over Milwaukee between July 15 and 18. Guests for both weeks of shows will be announced at a later date.

The show will be broadcasted on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+*.

Tickets for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert are in high demand and will generally sell out within days of, if not the day of their release. Tickets are available from the 1iota website, and are released one calendar month at a time. Their release is announced on the Late Show’s official Twitter and Facebook pages, approximately three to four weeks in advance. Also, you can stay tuned to the Auditorium’s website, for updates about the tickets.
Tapings usually last between 60-90 minutes. Once entering the theater, guests are required to stay for the duration of the taping, and may not leave the theater.

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