By now the formula is clear, after several dozen episodes, opening tease and monologue of sorts, usually involving political satire (see above), inventive segments like ‘Get Up in Your Faith’, cool jazz by Jon Batiste and Stay Human, 2 somewhat snarky and almost always funny interviews with over eager Presidential candidates, scientists, actors and actresses, basketball stars etc. (a regular parade of who’s who) and of course, the show ends with a musical guest ranging from Willie Nelson to Don Henley to Rory to straight up rappers to you name it. Most anything is possible but the real star is, without question, Colbert. Gone is his uber-conservative persona we saw on the Colbert Report, but he is just as funny as ever, and offers even more biting commentary on the foibles of our so-called leaders and others. It’s a blast and a half.