Let Stephen Colbert keep you sane on election night

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Stephen Colbert may not be legally permitted to trot out his beloved conservative alter-ego, “Stephen Colbert, ” following his exit from The Colbert Report ( although we’re a big fan of his identical twin cousin Colbert has remained a vital voice of reason as the host of CB’S The Late Show albeit at the compassion of network censors but the comedian’s latest project will give him a less restrictive platform. Showtime has announced that Colbert is aiming to bring his inimitable brand of satire to a live election night special for the premium cabler, titled Stephen Colberts Live Election Night Democracys Series Finale: Whos Running To Clean Up This Sh* t? The one-hour special will air Tuesday, November 8 at 11 p.m. ET /8 p.m. PT.

This marks the first partnership between Showtime and the team behind The Late Show , who will create the one-hour event. The Late Show is broadcast on CBS, a corporate sibling of Showtime, which likely cleared away a lot of the red tape on the collaboration. Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell and Jon Stewart are the executive producers.

The uncensored special will see Colbert reacting in real-time to the election results as the country by country returns come in. “It’ll be all the political comedy you love from my CBS show, with all the swearing and nudity you love from Showtime, ” Colbert said in a statement. The Late Show has gone live following the Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the recent presidential and vice presidential debates, but Showtime notes that the premium cable perch will enable Colbert “to do things hes never been able to do in this campaign, such as immediately quote successful candidates without being bleeped.” The special is likely to be filmed live at The Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City with a studio audience, and will also feature remote segments and surprise guests. Showtime President and CEO David Nevins first broke the news of the special at the Television Critics Association press tour in August , noting that conversations with Colbert were underway.

“Stephen wants to do it. I want to do it. The studio wants to do it. So the gues is doing a live special and it will be Colbert unfettered. Hes promised he will say at the least a couple curse words, which is important to me, ” Nevins said at the time. “Its something Ive been trying to get him to do for awhile, and he sort of woke up and said, ‘yeah, thats something Id like to do.’ I think it will be great. Hes not on CBS that night anyway.”

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