While on assignment in Russia for an upcoming segment on the ‘Late Show’, Stephen Colbert appeared on the Russia talk show “Evening Urgant” hosted by Ivan Urgant.
During a game of Russian roulette, played with pickles and vodka shots on a lazy susan, Colbert, taking a shot, offered a toast “to the beautiful and friendly Russian people. I don’t understand why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.” Returning the toast, Urgant replied “I would like to raise a glass for the beautiful country, United States of America, which invented the Internet, thanks to which we can influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections.”
After a few shots, Colbert paused and asked Urgant, “Can I announce something? I’m here in Russia – this is not shown in the United States?” Urgant assured him that the interview will not be airing at President Trump’s place. Colbert continued, “Okay. I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself. If anyone would like to work on my campaign, in an unofficial capacity, please just let me know.”
Ever the gracious host, Urgant toasted his guest, “It’s a pleasure to drink with the future U.S. President. To you, Stephen. I wish you luck. We will do everything we can so you become president.”