Stephen Colbert wowed Howard Stern with a rendition of “Brown Sugar” and immaculate impersonation of Mick Jagger’s dance moves during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show Tuesday, on Stern’s SiriusXM channel Howard 100.
The song-and-dance routine was prompted by Stern’s question about a Rolling Stones cover band Colbert fronted when he was younger. The Late Show host-to-be immediately broke off a few slick-footed dance moves before telling Stern: “We were called Shot in the Dark — we called ourselves ‘A Shit in the Dark’ because we sucked so badly.”
As lead singer, Colbert said “Brown Sugar” was his go-to track and he gladly treated Stern to a rendition of the Sticky Fingers opener, properly enunciating all the words otherwise lost in Jagger’s mushy melding of a Southern drawl into his British lilt. Right as he jumped into the chorus, Colbert leapt to his feet and resumed shimmying across the carpet and perfectly mimicking Jagger’s peacock strut.
Colbert has begun making the media rounds as he prepares for his debut as host of The Late Show on September 8th. During a recent appearance at a Television Critics Association press event, he revealed his first musical guest would be Kendrick Lamar (who was the the final musical guest on The Colbert Report) and spoke about feeling freed up now that he’s dropped his beloved Report character.
Colbert also offered a peak at the mindset of his show in an essay for Glamour, in which he said he would to highlight “a female perspective” in the late-night TV “sausage fest.” Colbert noted the essay was largely penned by two female staffers, and in it he promised, “I’m here for you, and that means I’m going to do my best to create a Late Show that not only appeals to women, but also celebrates their voices. These days, TV would have you believe that being a woman means sensually eating yogurt, looking for ways to feel confident on heavy days and hunting for houses.”