Stephen's Audience Q&A: How To Write A Good Joke

  • Published on Jan 19, 2019
  • Stephen does a Q&A with the studio audience before every show. Tonight he met another Steve, and revealed the two step process to writing a good joke.
    Subscribe To "The Late Show" Channel HERE:
    For more content from "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert", click HERE:
    Watch full episodes of "The Late Show" HERE:
    Like "The Late Show" on Facebook HERE:
    Follow "The Late Show" on Twitter HERE:
    Follow "The Late Show" on Google+ HERE:
    Follow "The Late Show" on Instagram HERE:
    Follow "The Late Show" on Tumblr HERE:
    Watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert weeknights at 11:35 PM ET/10:35 PM CT. Only on CBS.
    Get the CBS app for iPhone & iPad! Click HERE:
    Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream live TV, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free!
    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is the premier late night talk show on CBS, airing at 11:35pm EST, streaming online via CBS All Access, and delivered to the International Space Station on a USB drive taped to a weather balloon. Every night, viewers can expect: Comedy, humor, funny moments, witty interviews, celebrities, famous people, movie stars, bits, humorous celebrities doing bits, funny celebs, big group photos of every star from Hollywood, even the reclusive ones, plus also jokes.
  • EntertainmentEntertainment

Comments • 361

  • InProgress
    InProgress 2 months ago

    I can't wait for more of these, hopefully ill get the chance to ask him a question one day

  • PrisonMike
    PrisonMike 4 months ago

    This concept came from The Daily Show but I love this type of content. Keep it up

  • Daraius Oliaji
    Daraius Oliaji 4 months ago +1

    Do this more frequently like Trevor Noahs "Between the scenes" Ideal for youtube and twitter

  • Petyr Kowalski
    Petyr Kowalski 4 months ago

    I love Stephen Colbert...witty, funny and comes across as a really genuine nice person

  • ErykaSoleil
    ErykaSoleil 4 months ago +1

    Hahaha "You will age rapidly." 🤣 So true.

  • TheViperFan
    TheViperFan 4 months ago +1

    President Spanky 😂

    MLG HELP 4 months ago +1

    "Could happen tonite?? Wellll lets put a tarp down. Start boiling water. Cut sheets into strips!." Lol🤣😅

  • Alpha10prior
    Alpha10prior 4 months ago

    How to write a good joke --- has 6.9K likes

  • Rickey Brown
    Rickey Brown 4 months ago

    What is he going to do when Trump leaves office that’s all he can talk about

  • Lord Burgendy
    Lord Burgendy 4 months ago

    "You will age rapidly."

  • Jake
    Jake 4 months ago +1

    MORE Q&A!!! At least on the RU-clip!!! His wit is such high class and comes with such ease that it's always a pleasure to watch!

  • w9j15g
    w9j15g 4 months ago

    Steven spelled with a ph is pronounced "Steffen." That's how Steph Curry correctly pronounces it.

  • Mister Alien
    Mister Alien 4 months ago

    This idiot has no idea how to write a good joke🤣

  • ioana ilea
    ioana ilea 4 months ago

    these are so fun!!

  • clumsiii
    clumsiii 4 months ago

    taking a STEAL "note" from Hasan --

  • Memo Pony
    Memo Pony 4 months ago

    Stephen Colbert is awesomemazing.

  • Joseph Charles
    Joseph Charles 4 months ago

    You just _know_ Colbert’s mom was a special human being.

  • Ted Talkz
    Ted Talkz 4 months ago

    Where did you go cry baby , we need 🍕.

  • fayekhelmi
    fayekhelmi 4 months ago

    in the healthiest possible way, you will age rapidly.

  • Gloria Miles
    Gloria Miles 4 months ago

    He's my uncle!

  • Angry Clown
    Angry Clown 4 months ago

    This is not a "How to" video. Incorrectly titled.

  • Helgali
    Helgali 4 months ago

    Kinda bitchy on the first ones. They're regular people playing nice. Stephen wasn't (for no reason).

  • Z3rGz
    Z3rGz 4 months ago

    Seriously, as great as all your other segments are, it would be amazing to have these sorts of videos uploaded as well!

  • Laura van der Weiden
    Laura van der Weiden 4 months ago

    Any advice for first-time parents? Yeah, read a book!

  • Alternative Universe Cuts

    2:21 WIthout a hint of being entertained, gives her husband a look that says "Let's get the hell out of this shitshow"

  • jhwheuer
    jhwheuer 4 months ago

    Lovely, got something in common with Mr. C. Move continents, had a baby, both parents without a job... best time of our lives...

  • Paul Martin
    Paul Martin 4 months ago

    1:45 - Narcissist Alert

  • Ali Alghail
    Ali Alghail 4 months ago

    Naturally talented comedian; that is how we see Steven Colbert.

  • empbac
    empbac 4 months ago

    So right about parenting. Your life isn't yours anymore.

  • The Bench
    The Bench 4 months ago

    Keep doing this we love it

  • MrFantocan
    MrFantocan 4 months ago +4

    In the healthiest possible way... you will age rapidly.
    That was gold.

  • Darwin Godfreed
    Darwin Godfreed 4 months ago +1

    if he had balls, he would answer the comment section

  • rschandran
    rschandran 4 months ago

    Just fantastic way to inspire and uplift people and I mean all kinds of people. That is a priceless gift so long, healthy life to you and your family Stephen. Rama

  • stranraerwal
    stranraerwal 4 months ago

    such great and profound questions from the elitist audience !

  • Richard Noone
    Richard Noone 4 months ago

    I'd prefer Colbert ditch the celebs and we just get more him plus the audience

  • ca 85
    ca 85 4 months ago

    Can we get some new episodes of “our cartoon president”? It’s not like you’d be struggling for new content 🤷🏻‍♂️

  • Adam Alkhafaji
    Adam Alkhafaji 4 months ago


  • Sagini Chan
    Sagini Chan 4 months ago

    Why is this the first time you showing this?? We need more of this fr. Love you Stephen

  • Nicholas Brennan
    Nicholas Brennan 4 months ago

    Yes! 🔥 🔥 🔥

  • Stacey Robinson
    Stacey Robinson 4 months ago

    I love Stephen, it's nice to see him answering rather than asking the questions. I would love to sit down and pick his brain for an hour.

  • x LatinAssazzin
    x LatinAssazzin 4 months ago

    President spanky

  • Storm Breaker
    Storm Breaker 4 months ago

    Hey Stephen how do I pander to SJW teach me.

  • Tom Dehli
    Tom Dehli 4 months ago

    It's called the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, what's your definition of late?

    • w9j15g
      w9j15g 4 months ago

      It's a gentle way of saying "dead."
      That's a joke.

  • Tessiere
    Tessiere 4 months ago

    What’s the song at 0:40?

  • Mia7189
    Mia7189 4 months ago

    What a tease. More, please.

  • J Why
    J Why 4 months ago

    Congress still gets paid? Can we talk about it ??

  • AdelaRios Flust
    AdelaRios Flust 4 months ago

    Whoever is in charge of the RU-clip videos for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, I BEG you, please get rid of the closing snippet with the Ed Sullivan Theater and the same bit of theme music ending every video. Every. Single. Video. Binge viewing, or at least viewing of a few videos by the same account in a row, is common. With the repetition of this sound bite, I know I become so irritated that I have to stop watching. I reluctantly admit that the sound actually sends me into a blind rage now. I know that's not reasonable, but it is what it is. Also, the links are completely pointless to anyone using their television or phone to watch the video, which I suspect would be the overwhelming majority of RU-clip viewers. The sometimes used first closing title screen (with the white background, airtime information, and social media account info) would be the perfect closing screen, and could use either the same background music as the rest of the video, or for videos not featuring background music, you could ask Jon Batiste if he minds coming up with a few soundbites. Ending the whole video with that would be an excellent solution!! Or you could make a few different closing sequences and rotate through them. There are so many options. Get creative with it, if that's something that tickles your fancy. To be clear, I don't mind seeing the same screen at the end of every video, just the repetitive sound. I am aware that this is not something that matters in the grand scheme of things (unless the repetitious nature of the sound in the videos now causes someone important to lose their mind). But I really do think it would increase your views; and it would be a great relief to fans whom want to watch all of your videos, instead of one or two. Thank you so much for reading this, if you do. I know it's not that serious, but please take my musings into consideration.
    Also, Stephen's tips for writing a good joke are great. He is such a delightful host.

  • Mike Queen
    Mike Queen 4 months ago

    Have not seen a good joke yet, mostly just bad Trump impressions.

  • Meg S.
    Meg S. 4 months ago

    Dumb questions my goodness 🙈

  • Joe59788
    Joe59788 4 months ago

    He's 100% right about the movies.

  • The Lord
    The Lord 4 months ago

    What jokes?

  • Malay Agarwal
    Malay Agarwal 4 months ago

    Where's Late Show Me More?

  • Kai Vickers
    Kai Vickers 4 months ago

    So one of my good friends has decided that, despite being a bit of a party girl, she wants a baby. I told her that I’d send over my three for her to babysit for the length of dinner. Best. Birth control. Ever.

  • Jack Jammen
    Jack Jammen 4 months ago +1

    How to write a joke.
    1. Spell trump
    2. Start your sentence with, Trump said, ......

  • roxanneworld11
    roxanneworld11 4 months ago

    awwwww..i wanna see stephen live & in person! and not a fan of crowds and/or sitting in a full theater..but to see him in real-time?? i'd find the valium and brave it! 😃🤣😄😆

  • Steven James
    Steven James 4 months ago

    How to write a good joke:
    1. The President says or tweets something
    2. ???
    3. Profit

  • Jeanette Thomas
    Jeanette Thomas 4 months ago

    "You will age rapidly." Exeunt.

  • montielh
    montielh 4 months ago +1

    Sorry but the band is not amazing! In fact it’s boring!

  • William Dunlap
    William Dunlap 4 months ago

    You still haven't apologized for disrespecting Tulsi Gabbard in the most abrupt and questionable way.

  • Michael Newell
    Michael Newell 4 months ago

    Start with Trump and end with dump.

  • moiraine_damodred
    moiraine_damodred 4 months ago

    lol did he really just shut down the lady when her Steven didn't have a ph?

  • Master Roshi
    Master Roshi 4 months ago

    I think the late show needs to be more progressive listening to this white man triggers me

  • Master Roshi
    Master Roshi 4 months ago

    John is a great token black guy

  • N. BSAT
    N. BSAT 4 months ago

    I see, copying the far superior hasan minhaj content

  • Cliff Diving Monkeys
    Cliff Diving Monkeys 4 months ago

    Stephanie's man crush Q&A: how much do you love Trump? :-) #colbertmancrushontrump #hypocriticalsellout #oneweirdear

  • heredownunder
    heredownunder 4 months ago

    You will age rapidily

  • Sebastian and the Deep Blue

    can you mic the audience?

  • Saibot216
    Saibot216 4 months ago

    Love seeing the Q&A :)

  • MasterFalkner
    MasterFalkner 4 months ago

    hey stephen you should get the old Craig Ferguson stage set, get a gay robot skeleton sidekick and a not a real horse, do who's that at the door, do the phone calls, do tweets and emails, and give some audience members a free meal after they answer this one question. Iceland is in the north Atlantic its capital city is Reykjavik.

  • Julia Connell
    Julia Connell 4 months ago

    *LOVE* these - thank you, more please. thank you.

  • professorM
    professorM 4 months ago

    Oh man, having a kid and no money, I'd loose all my hair.

  • joel repp
    joel repp 4 months ago

    Spanky McBonespurs

  • Rara Zap
    Rara Zap 4 months ago

    I want more of this!!! Keep this coming!!!

  • Michael Wingard
    Michael Wingard 4 months ago

    Love this!

  • _gd
    _gd 4 months ago

    0:30 Nice, quick reference there Jon.

  • Colleen Kelly
    Colleen Kelly 4 months ago

    How do you write a good joke? Get an INCREDIBLE team behind you, like Stephen's. They're amazing day after day to come up with this stuff. You need a team.

  • nizicike
    nizicike 4 months ago

    First ,you need a Trump 。

  • Jonathon Tannous
    Jonathon Tannous 4 months ago

    More of this please.

  • Boeviper
    Boeviper 4 months ago

    President Spanky

  • Heather Remlin
    Heather Remlin 4 months ago

    Well, why not broadcast it Stephen? It may or may not go over well but you won't know until you try...RIGHT!? LOVE THE SHOW ♡♡♡

  • MCL MG
    MCL MG 4 months ago

    More of this shown on youtube will make the world a better place.

  • Kitty
    Kitty 4 months ago

    I love love love this segment and that you talk/show more about the backstage of the show, the hard work that goes behind it. Please, keep it coming!!!

  • Annie Wilson
    Annie Wilson 4 months ago

    That story from the Colbertian archives is PROOF! 1/3 Elven, 1/3 Westernesse, 1/3 Hobbit bloodline.
    Only Shirefolk would answer "meh" to that much struggle and uncertainty, only a descendant of Numenor would answer "not nearly enough!"
    Love you Colbert, you weird amazing human. Your story is enough to make even the most angry cynic like me trust the scathing lyrics of the 73 song. Like whoa.

  • Emily Eldridge
    Emily Eldridge 4 months ago

    Absolutely love the Audience Q&A and I definitely want to see more of these.

  • heytonninho
    heytonninho 4 months ago


  • dragon1881
    dragon1881 4 months ago

    *Cough* *Trevor Noah* *Cough*

  • pyrogreg07
    pyrogreg07 4 months ago


  • Mike
    Mike 4 months ago

    JOKE: I had a friend who was Catholic but wanted to become Muslim because he heard that if he died for Allah, he would go to paradise and get 6 dozen virgins. I then bothered to remind him that maybe the 'reason' they're still virgins, is because they're the ugly ones.
    ...he stayed Catholic.

  • logan gabriel antoine
    logan gabriel antoine 4 months ago +1

    Wtf this show look so fucking American, i'm already can touch the Trump aura and i can smell the Burger king flavour.. this show is not for me :/

  • Matthew Jay
    Matthew Jay 4 months ago


  • Abner Santos
    Abner Santos 4 months ago

    You will age rapidly -- couldn't be closer to the truth.

  • Liesbeth de Vries
    Liesbeth de Vries 4 months ago

    Trump can't help out 😉

  • Nate Hall
    Nate Hall 4 months ago +1

    Upload more of these! They're so good!

  • Prior of the Ori
    Prior of the Ori 4 months ago

    I really wish I could actually go to these shows. :(((


    I ate too many carrots and took a dump that looked like the president... wait ; The plumber told I'd need a plunger to get that Trump to go down. Thank you I'm available for parties.

  • J H
    J H 4 months ago

    Decent improve skills on display.

  • James Smithe
    James Smithe 4 months ago +6

    Stephen is just so genuine; if he weren't people wouldn't listen to him.

  • nered nerred
    nered nerred 4 months ago

    Clearly some one is copying from trevor noah

  • Take It or Leave It Reviews

    More more more!!!!

  • Charlotte Katakuri
    Charlotte Katakuri 4 months ago

    Colbert himself is a pretty good joke. He is an estrogen soyboy.