The Late Show With Stephen Colbert had an unexpected opening segment on Monday night. Instead of the usual, raucous start of the show where Stephen comes bounding out to a live band and cracks some jokes, we instead see him wake up cold and alone outside.
Turns out he's in Central Park in New York City. And then we see why things have taken a dramatic and cinematic turn...director Spike Jonze, who was one of Stephen's guests on Monday night, had shot an alternate opening for the show.
We then follow Stephen, confused and adrift, wandering through the streets of Manhattan.
He keeps trying to make contact with people, but they either ignore him...
Or mock him.
Stephen slumps to the ground, defeated. But just when it seems all hope is lost, someone finally does acknowledge his existence.
And that someone happens to be Grover from Sesame Street.
Grover extends a furry, helping hand to Stephen.
With Grover's encouragement, Stephen gets back on his feet.
And is returned to a place of acceptance and happiness.
And then Stephen, along with the rest of us, remembers how to smile.
You have to watch the entire, moving film, especially for the beautiful score by Late Show musicians John Batiste and Stay Human.
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