Other than the appearance on the show during the Republican National Convention last week, viewers hadn’t seen the character since The Colbert Report ended. After unpacking the mess about how corporate lawyers are claiming intellectual property rights to his old character, Colbert announced that the persona will be a “permanent part” of The Late Show team. For more on that issue, read this.
Colbert endeavored to work around all that by introducing his beloved alter ego as his “identical twin cousin” for the classic bit, “The Word,” (now called “The Werd”) to make the case that torn voters should vote for their second least favorite candidate.
“You might have to vote for a person you don’t really want,” he said on the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “But it’s better than getting the person you really don’t want.”