Stephen Colbert opened The Late Show Monday with a short, but literal parody of Beyoncé’s epic live recreation of Lemonade at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Donning a similar southern gothic outfit, the host placed himself onstage beside Bey and added some extra in-verse lines to Warsan Shire’s Lemonade poetry. “But doors lead to trap doors/ A stairway leads to nothing,” Beyoncé recited. “I had to climb out the window just to get to work this morning/ It’s ridiculous,” Colbert replied.
But amidst the opening vocal cues of “Pray You Catch Me,” things went terribly wrong for Colbert. While Beyoncé stood stoic in front of a burning house, the host sniffed and began to wonder if anybody else smelled something burning, before realizing it was him. “Oh my God put me out, I’m on fire,” he cried, as a stage manager blasted him with an extinguisher.
Colbert wasn’t the only late-night hosts to spoof the award show. On the Late Late Show, James Corden played a disgruntled gym attendee in Kanye West’s Flashdance-inspired “Fade” video that failed to enforce a strict “no-sheep” policy.