Netflix’s Cheer + James Bond Theme

Netflix’s new docu-series Cheer is a huge hit with audiences. And folks especially love what they call on the show, “Mat Talk”: encouraging motivation yelled from the sidelines to cheer on the cheerleaders. It’s something a ton of people have wished they could have for mundane tasks in their everyday lives. And now, they can!

Special thanks to Jerry, Gabi, La’Darius, and Coach Monica from Cheer for coming in very early to be super extra in this really silly bit.

BONUS FUN FACT: This bit also marks my 100th sketch on air for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert!

Sure, it is an arbitrary milestone, but it’s still really exciting and it’s been a thrilling four and half years. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone that I work with and everyone who’s given me a chance here to make some really dumb stuff for CBS. Hooray!

Meanwhile…it was announced that multi-Grammy Award winner Billie Eilish will be doing the theme song for the new James Bond film “No Time To Die”, making her the youngest artist to ever record a Bond theme.

Now some would say that her music & unusual style might be an odd fit for the Bond franchise, but we at The Late Show got a sneak peek at the new track, and I think you’ll be pretty impressed…

Hallmark Is Making Too Many Christmas Movies

It’s barely after Halloween, but The Hallmark Channel & Lifetime have both somehow decided to ALREADY start airing Christmas movies. And between the two of them, they’re premiering 70 original Christmas movies this year!

But, not to be outdone, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert decided to buckle down early and get into the Christmas movie mix ourselves by producing our own films. And we have a lot more.

Thanks to our incredible scenic, props, and costume departments for whipping up all this Holiday cheer (and making it snow on 53rd st) in the middle of October. It was really super fun and I’m very proud of how many (too many?) jokes there are crammed into this bit.

Produced by Emily Potthast, written by Kate Sidley & Ariel Dumas, and featuring Ryan Farrell, Elyse Brandau, Glenn Eichler, Ariel Dumas, Asher Perlman, Gary Mahmoud, & Talib Babb, with voice-over by the incomparable Jen Spyra.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Happy Almost Thanksgiving!

Shower Chili and More!

Don’t let the above thumbnail fool you. This one’s totally about beer.

Coors Light recently branded themselves the “Official Beer of Drinking in the Shower”, but they’re not the only product in the shower-based game. Enjoy this very gross fake spot from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Also thank you to Ad Age for the shout-out!

A snake recently went missing in a Wisconsin high school and no one knows where it is. But that news story gave Stephen Colbert a great idea for a “new sexy teen drama”! Get ready for…ESCAPED SNAKE HIGH.

I’m incredibly proud to have gotten to (even momentarily) play around in the CW / Riverdale-ish style sandbox. Maaaan, is it melodramatic! And major thanks and kudos to our “sexy teen” actors.

Meat-alternative burgers, like the Impossible Burger, are becoming huge business. Enough so, that The Late Show got an exclusive look at one company that’s taking it a step further. With a taste SO REAL that you’ll definitely think it’s “probably not meat”!

Big thanks to our props & scenic team who made it incredibly fun to finally shoot some beauty food shots! I’ve made a lot of commercials in the past, but surprisingly, never got to do “good looking” food until now! Very happy to have it be such a wicked dumb project.

And additional thanks to our in-house animator at Colbert John Henry who totally killed it with the cartoon section. Cheers!

Samuel L. Jackson + Jazz Cowboy

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘s own drummer Joe Saylor has a brand-new action packed spin-off TV series on CBS. And it’s got one hell of a cameo.

This one was wicked fun to direct and shoot, and I’m incredibly honored (and still a little shocked) that Samuel L. Jackson was willing to hop in and be a part of it. (Bonus fact that will come as no surprise: He’s very cool.)

Written by Cullen Crawford & Ariel Dumas. Produced by Michael Buckholtz. Featuring Gabe Gronli, Talib Babb, and Asher Perlman.

And major kudos to our production team at Colbert for putting this all together (and for confirming that, yes, apparently just spraying a garden hose up in the air can successfully mimic rain. I can’t believe that still works.) And, of course, special thanks to Mr. Samuel L. Jackson and our very own “Jazz Cowboy” Joe Saylor. YOU’RE A STAR, JOE!

Let Jeff Goldblum Do Your Taxes*!

It’s almost Tax Day! And while other tax prep companies will let you talk with a live CPA, only one will let you talk with the star of Independence Day!

Thanks to the sterling Jeff Goldblum for being a part of this super fun bit at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He was everything you’d hope for + even more live jazz. And major thanks to the scenic and props team at Colbert. This was super fun to direct, DP, and edit, and I’m exceptionally happy how everything turned out!

Also, thank you for the shout-out, The A.V. Club & Entertainment Weekly!

Written by Kate Sidley & Gabe Gronli. Produced by Michael Buckholtz, and featuring Connor Ratliff, Abbi Crutchfield, Ashley Nease, Elyse Brandau, and voice-over from Jen Spyra.

*Don’t let Jeff Goldblum do your taxes.

Sexy Serial Killer + Alexander Skarsgård

Netflix‘s recent Ted Bundy documentary got a ton of flack for highlighting his attractiveness in the marketing.

Luckily, they learned their lesson – as seen in this Late Show with Stephen Colbert exclusive look at their NEXT hit serial killer documentary series.

Had a really great time shooting, directing, and editing this bit. Special thanks to Jen Sprya for writing, Michael Buckholtz for producing, our wardrobe team at Colbert for the excellent period costumes, and actor Ryan Farrell for being game to portray our sexiest of serial killers. (And thanks to The A.V. Club & Mashable for the feature & shout-out!)

Also, enjoy this commercial featuring preeminent actor Alexander Skarsgård revealing that when he’s not acting in hit films, he’s pursuing his true passion: dog food. It just might’ve helped a lot, if he ever owned a dog.

The Most Emotionally Manipulative Super Bowl Ad Ever

A lot of Super Bowl commercials are gonna try and make you cry. But only ONE commercial will try EVERY technique to make you cry in one video.

I’m super proud of how this ad turned out. Thank you to The Late Show for letting me shoot, direct, and edit it. It was one of the most fun days I’ve ever had on set.

Major thanks to everyone who worked on it, to the masterful writing of Jen Spyra & Ariel Dumas for identifying a ridiculous concept that was crazy ripe to exploit, and to the show for letting us make it. Just try and not be moved.

And thanks to Ad Age for the feature as top story in their daily digest email last week & to The Hollywood Reporter for the shout-out.

CGI Stephen with Tony Shalhoub

Stephen Colbert has never missed an episode of The Late Show. But what happens when he gets sick?

Enjoy this behind-the-curtain look at the elaborate technology and masterful performance that goes into replacing Stephen so the home audience never suspects a thing.

Special thanks to actress Sunita Mani and the incredible Tony Shalhoub who was (seriously) a highlight of my directing career so far. Maaaaan, that guy is incredibly nice, giving, and a remarkable performer.

Every bit the international treasure you hope him to be! Enjoy, folks!

Mexican Tourism + Cereal Ad

Fox News’ Lou Dobbs mispronounced a Mexican city’s name so badly that it became real. And The Late Show with Stephen Colbert has the tourism video to prove it!

(Bonus fun fact: also featuring my television audio debut on mouth trumpet!)

Also, Welch’s tried to make grape juice “manly” in a new ad, so we made a commercial for an even “more manly” childhood favorite. I think you’ll agree it’s JUST as macho.

Featuring Scott Adsit of 30 Rock. Thank you, Scott!

Celebrity Spokesmania with Emma Thompson

Got the chance to direct the incredible Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson in this new round-up of very silly celebrity endorsements of products. (Stick around to the VERY end for my contribution to the segment.)

As you hope, Emma Thompson was amazing to work with, and just THE NICEST. And totally on-board to devour how dumb this bit was. Kudos, Dame Emma Thompson. I wish we could hangout all the time. You’re a queen among your peers.