Stephen Colbert‘s first few weeks in charge of The Late Show have been nothing short of magical.
Far from presenting a traditional, streamlined version of the US late night talk show, the likes of which has dominated the format for as long as its been around, Colbert is taking that usually rigid format and putting his own deeply personal, unique spin on it.
Basically, he’s either found a way to put an entirely fresh take on a tired format, or he’s simply bereft of fucks to give already and is just booking the types of people and acts that he wants to see purely for the hell of it.
Either way, it’s a bloody fascinating thing to watch.
Case in point, Colbert’s musical guest for today’s episode was a 74-piece orchestra by the name of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.
The group, as you might have guessed from the name, tours the US playing orchestral arrangements of in-game music from the hugely beloved Legend of Zelda game series.
For their appearance on The Late Show, the group put together a quick little medley of some of the most enduring hits of Hyrule, as well as a tune from the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes, which is due for release in Australia on October 24th on Nintendo 3DS.
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Just to reiterate: The musical guest on an episode of a major US network TV late night talk show was a 74-piece orchestra who played music from a series of video games.
Even as a mere concept that’s fkn mindblowing.