As Stephen Colbert prepares to pull out all the stops for his live Showtime Election Night special tonight, he saved a few surprises for his CBS show as well.
Monday night's Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which was also broadcast live, included a surprise appearance by Jon Stewart, who joined Colbert for a musical number encouraging viewers to vote—and not for "that angry, tax- and draft-dodging little orange groundhog" Donald Trump.
The segment began as Colbert comforted a street urchin girl in his audience, and they sang a song about voting in today's election. Then Stewart, clad in a red top hat as "The Mayor of Candy Town," emerged to perform his own number and discourage the girl from voting.
But Stewart changed his tune when Colbert reminded him that Donald Trump was running for president this year, which led to not one, but two spit-takes from Stewart, who claimed not to know of Trump's candidacy until the moment that Colbert told him as he was sipping water. (It was a throwback to the bit the two also performed in July when Stewart appeared on the Late Show after the first night of the Republican National Convention.)
"That angry, tax- and draft-dodging little orange groundhog is running for president?" Stewart asked.
But then the girl made a case for abstaining from voting, which led to another cameo, from current Hamilton star Javier Muñoz. He referenced a Hamilton song, noting that it was important for everyone to vote "because history has its eyes on you."
The bit culminated in a musical finale, in which Stewart took a few more shots at Trump: "You know, he acts really tough, but he's a wussy … He'll probably fill the court with Gary Busey. And then he'll grab your mother's …" Colbert interrupted and prevented him from completing the rhyme.
You can watch the whole segment here:
Late Show executive producer Chris Licht hinted at Stewart's appearance during one of this week's live shows during an interview with Adweek about Colbert's election night special on Showtime. When asked if Stewart would pop up during a live show, Licht said, "I can't comment on that."
It was the fourth Late Show appearance by Stewart, who is also an executive producer on the program, and his first since he took down Roger Ailes and Donald Trump in July in his first Daily Show-style rant in 11 months.
And given the mystery surrounding Colbert's election night guests, it's entirely possible that Stewart could be back on camera tonight.