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Watch an Annotated Version of Stephen Colbert’s Star-Studded Late Show Superjam

Stephen Colbert finally took the helm of the Late Show last night, and he wrapped up his premiere in spectacular fashion, with the help of more than a few special guests. As with Colbert’s sign-off from Comedy Central last winter, a number of familiar, if unexpected, faces appeared to back up Colbert’s house band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human. The motley crew jammed out to a lively rendition of “Everyday People” by Sly & the Family Stone—with Colbert providing an excellent vocal performance of his own. Here’s a full list of the performers who showed up to help Colbert and his band finish their first episode in style:

  • Derek Trucks
  • Buddy Guy
  • Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard
  • Aloe Blacc
  • Susan Tedeschi
  • Paul Janeway
  • Ben Folds
  • Beirut’s Kyle Resnick, Zach Condon, and Ben Lanz
  • Mavis Staples

Update, Sept. 9, 3 p.m.: Now you can watch an annotated version of the performance, above.