Everybody knows how much I love pickleball and now the very popular sport gets the combination of network television Spotlight Peabody Award style humor and celebrity treatment that the sport deserves and the man who's putting it all together is the 10-time Emmy Award winner in Peabody Award winner and host of The Late Show with Stephen.

Colbert Stephen Colbert the host of pickled on CBS tonight how are you sir I'm doing great I'm I'm absolutely uh carbonated with excitement about tonight's show I can't wait I can't I can't believe we finally get to show it to people well I I'm I'm excited to see it because I uh adore pickleball I play it every single week I can't get enough.

Of it and um and then just the the people that you have put together um and the teams that you've put together and the humor that you're clearly bringing to it why did you are you a big Avid pickleballer Stephen Colbert well Rich first of all when people think Stephen Colbert they think Sports I know.

That yes yes indeed my wife last year last Christmas my wife gave me a pickleball set and I said and she said we have to do we have all our friends play we have to play this and two weeks later the president of my production company Carrie Byler said hey Funny or Die wants.

Us to go to CBS to do a celebrity pickleball charity tournament do you know what that is I said yes I play Pickleball no I love being on The Cutting Edge of things and so uh we we know a wave when we see one and you know I love talking about current events and this is a crossover with sports and what's happening now and I said hell yes.

Literally the day we went into CBS The New York Times that everyone had said um pickleball is ready for prime time indeed yes and so I guess this is a pickleball blue Court wave is that what you're saying that we're seeing on on CBS yeah 100 okay very good and um I don't even know where to start man um so I guess let's start with the.

National anthem you're you and Kenny Loggins are performing corner and then go Center Court and sing the national anthem in front of um the man still bring it yeah I bet he can so um and so you know I got to be honest with you I I'm a Caddyshack guy that's who I think of that's the movie I think.

Of when I think of Loggins um Stephen you know I think of that movie um all right that's it I think of the I think of the dancing chipmunk something I never thought I would ever talk about with you um I will confess to you a big hole in my knowledge of uh World culture I've.

Never seen Caddyshack oh mg as the kids might say are you serious I've never I've never seen the Shawshank Redemption I've never seen Caddyshack I've never seen one of the Fast and Furious movies and what I want to do is I want to sit down and I want to watch I like I want to watch Caddyshack like I I'd love to watch it with Roger Dangerfield but of.

Course I can't no I want to watch it you know with the cast that would be fun yeah Bill Murray obviously still around uh Ted Knight comedic genius unfortunately no longer with us as well but exactly the Caddyshack curse they call It's It stands the test of time though uh I I sort of like pickleball see how I kind of worked that one back.

To back to home here thank you sir so uh again you've got the celebrity element you've got uh you've got the the comedy element Emma Watson partnering with Sugar Ray Leonard it is the craziest partnership I've ever seen and somehow it worked they're they're devastating together and I think the person that's going to shock everybody is.

Um what what a vicious competitors and I'm not joking Emma Watson really the best player out there right Hermione Granger clearly the best yeah she's bringing her Hogwarts uh sort of uh uh sensibility to this partnership called the volley ranchers I love some of these team names Kelly Rowland and Marty Murray Bartlett who's you know Mr White.

Lotus dink Floyd I like that one um we had Luis Guzman on my show yesterday talked about his pairing with Daniel Day Kim called Daniel Day Luis I love that one yeah I love that one they play off their left foot pickleball as Daniel Day-Lewis is to staying in character I was so happy about it they drink they really believe you really.

Believe they were playing pickleball the whole time yes and uh they drink the milkshake of Max Greenfield and Jimmy Allen I'm sure the team Dill I am I love it this is sure this is fun and then you got Bill raftery to do the the the analysis as well um that's onions Bill raftery who at times I will admit.

Was not entirely clear what was happening on court but you know what he brought the spirit of sportsmanship and sports broadcasting to the broadcast love the sports coat too outstanding sport coat uh Stephen and we're seeing a photograph of it right now so how Google stripes are very slenderizing how good are you at pickleball how good are you.

Seriously listen I would say on a scale of one to two pickleball that the best player in the world is the worst part of the world and that's what I love about it is that there's no real sense of intimidation when you get on the court it's just a ton of fun you get better at it but there there is a.

There is a lit to how good you need to be to be pretty good pickable I do love it uh I play it seriously every week with my poker buddies Stephen we get out there and we're very competitive and I'm never out of a point uh um it's you know we play for pride and if Pride you know might put uh an Andrew Jackson or five on it it's possible.

Um but uh my nickname when I play because I never give up on a point is La Cucaracha that's what I've been called Steven I figured I'd share that with you because one of my favorite things about pickleball is the I love the terminology yeah I love I I love uh I love you know Flapjack is.

Mm-hmm Flapjack is a shot that must bounce once the parking hit basically it's the serve and the return serve and that's when the ball is the flapjack and then after the Flapjacks a lot of people yell oppa because now you're into the third shot and you can start volleying I love the Falafel which is the weak shot I love.

The Dig I love the kitchen the kitchen gotta get me you you got to be careful of the kitchen though uh Steven you can't you can't go in it unless the ball bounces in it I mean it's a very specific Rule and I I don't like and I I here's what I hope that this this show um uh can actually bring about uh Stephen is is the slander of pickleball.

That it's for a certain age a certain age group that um that it's not really a significant uh athletic Endeavor that it doesn't give you a workout it's it's dynamite I love it and I can't wait to see this show on here fantastic sport it's for all ages and I'm I'm I'm saying it right now I'm putting it on the line it's going to be in the Olympics in.

Paris in 2024. and that's because again it's going to be part of of what you're bringing to the equation tonight uh at 9pm on CBS available to stream live and On Demand on Paramount plus what does the Colbert cup look like that this is what they're all battling for this evening Stephen what can you tell me.

Without giving too much away it looks a lot like a karate trophy I mean I'm not saying I'm not saying that we we left until the last minute and had a little trouble finding something that was a pickleball trophy yes and and that karate trophies are readily available uh in uh Los Angeles yes but uh if if some people mistake it.

For a karate trophy uh I wouldn't blame them you you may have just named made a reference to the only 80s movie that Kenny Loggins did not sing the theme song to uh right there Stephen if I did guess you know right then and there um just a couple of questions outside of all this that I do have for what is it.

Like for you to go to work in the Ed Sullivan Theater every day my God what a what a blessing it's um because you're so busy doing the show you can sometimes forget and then and then but then some days you go out to you know say hi to the audience and you look up and you see that extraordinary.

Dome and you know the history of the plates or like when you have McCartney on and you realize oh wow he's sitting essentially where they played you know in the 1960s um it's it's a it's a complete privilege it's an honor it's an honest-to-god Broadway Theater is the thing that's what it started at the Hammerstein theater and from 1927 in the.

In the inaugural show the very first American performance of an actor named Archie Leach was on that stage you know Miss Carrie Grant right literally like the history of that place is extraordinary and and now you you get to perform there every single night and do a show that uh the whole country's sitting down to.

Watch and and then obviously you're you're right the whole country watches it's true man it's the true co it's it's 130 million people every night it's the truth Stephen uh you know it's my job to Hype I'm your hype man right now and so coming coming from The Daily Show when did you first meet uh Jon Stewart you got a story on that front your first.

Time you ever met him first time I met Jon Stewart first time I met Jon Stewart when when he was announced that he was going to be the host of The Daily Show because when when it was announced in the was announced in the press my wife Evie it turns out and I didn't know this she knew him back from when he was a struggling comic in New York she was a.

Strongly actress in New York and she knew him from he was uh I think it was the roommate of the guy her roommate was dating and so he'd be at some of their parties and his his roommate was a stand-up as well and when she said when she saw that John she showed John's picture and she went go on Leibowitz he's not funny.

and then and then because his roommate was the funny one and John says like it's true my roommate was the funny one I was the guy in the corner nursing and I'm still light afraid to talk to anybody but so I didn't meet him but my wife did and then when it was announced that because I'd worked for Craig.

Kilburn and I'd worked for the original Daily Show right and um that's really what I learned my love of sports broadcasting and when when it was announced that John would be the host I I watched that they were about to do this press conference over at Comedy Central and wait a second isn't that something The Daily Show would cover so.

I went over there I just said hey can I have a mic and a camera guy so I went over there and I I asked a question of the network head again dark Herzog and I said uh Doug Stephen Colbert's Daily Show uh this announcement today uh of Jon Stewart how does that impact my chances of being the next host of The Daily Show and John turned to Doug and.

Said you said he wasn't funny foreign to the point where he played drums on your show just this past week so that's uh that's it's a long really A Love Affair at this point it is that too and I I hear I would have guessed you would have gone back to like Chicago right you used to do Second City with Steve Carell.

Is that where you met him back in the day too uh yeah Corel and I met a second City we're on stage there together it's unbelievable that is pretty cool man uh look uh congrats on pickled sir um and I love you very much I can't wait for people to see it I look forward so is there going to be a season two of pickled is this just one-off I mean as.

You know pickleball can't just be contained uh it is growing what do you think I think this is the beginning I think this is the start of an Empire I'm not gonna lie to you okay I'm all in on pickleball well as long as they could keep making Colbert cups I think we continue it and it does uh all but the um the uh uh proceeds benefit the.

Non-profit comic relief us correct happens as well nobody remembers comic relief from back in the day when uh you know Whoopi Robin Williams and and Robin and Billy were up there on HBO for the specials they've never stopped people think of them as red nose day now in the United States but comic relief has never stopped and I really believe that you.

Know this organization that Richard Curtis uh created and they you know distribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Children and Families that need and we're besides the fun we're having we're we're going to raise a lot of money for a fantastic cause and remember the holidays are coming Santa is watching okay so get on that good.

List I look forward to that I look forward to this whole and that QR code you see on screen my friend I look forward to that and uh we'll we'll we'll put it up there as well best we can thank you um no thank you Stephen Colbert I appreciate you calling in and I look forward to all of this and I look forward to Paul shear and tignataro.

Battling it out together uh that'll be great does she know did she know anybody else there because that was one of her comedies Central shows I actually uh was one of those guests she had no idea who the hell I was when I came out on that program she had no clue uh none is that what it is or don't say I forgot what the name of that show was yeah I think.

Under a rock with something like that also surprise some people I think Dirks Bentley's gonna rock your world um I think you're going to be pretty surprised about a liquid Grace of Max Greenfield it's going to be fantastic and we also have mystery guests we have mystery players Mysteries to find out.

Who they are fantastic uh thanks for the call Stephen Colbert I look forward to seeing pickled tonight on CBS at 9 eastern time and you could check it out also on Paramount plus which is available right here on Roku thanks for the call sir you bet at Steven at home on Twitter and Instagram right here on the Rich Eisen.

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