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Stephen Colbert Just Announced His Band Leader for The Late Show  

On Thursday, Stephen Colbert sent us another update to promote his upcoming takeover of the Late Show. This time, he announced his new band leader: Jon Batiste. In the video, Colbert chows down on a pile of pillowy beignets (in a nod to Batiste’s New Orleans–area roots) and gestures toward Batiste onstage: “I like this guy.” 

Batiste is known as a talented keyboardist with a dynamic stage presence. And he and Colbert have a history together: Batiste and his band, Stay Human, appeared on The Colbert Report multiple times.