Former hottie and current Hillary Clinton running mate Tim Kaine has made an impression on the national stage with low-key Southern charm, general affability, and madcap harmonica playing. As a politician, he’s familiar in the best way—so familiar, in fact, that he’s inspired a wave of fans to refer to him, simply, as “dad.”
On Thursday night’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert enlisted his colleague Mark Spada—a former Colbert Report contributor and undeniable Kaine look-alike—to pose as the Democratic vice presidential candidate on the streets of New York. Spada nailed that Kaine-as-dad role: sporting his goofy smile, expertly replicating his love for harmonicas, and intermixing Spanish and English just a smidge too often. Observers were so taken with their meeting with “Tim Kaine,” in fact, that they asked him to pose for photos and even hold their babies.
Kaine could only laugh as he watched Spada’s killer impersonation. To close out his time on the Late Show, he naturally pulled out his own harmonica, grooving dad-style with Jon Batiste as the clock ran out.