Stephen Colbert ends first week at ‘The Late Show’ with musical guest Paul Simon

Paul Simon played the frontman of a fictional Paul Simon tribute band, ‘Troubled Waters’

Stephen Colbert rounded off the first week of his new show, ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’, with a visit from a fictional Paul Simon tribute act, fronted jokily by Paul Simon himself.

Colbert said that Paul Simon had been unable to make an appearance and thanked the star’s tribute band, ‘Troubled Waters’, for stepping in. “They played a friend of mine’s barbeque last summer and I thought they sounded great,” he said.

While discussing the star, Colbert asked, “Have you met him?” to which Simon replied, “technically, no.” Simon was then cajoled into calling himself “a bit of a jerk” after Colbert said he had refused to be part of the show.

Colbert presented the audience with a list of the ‘tribute act’’s upcoming gigs, which included “Old Town Bar & Grill & Billiards” and “Rosen Bar Mitzvah (Canceled)”. Before they played together, he commented, “I’ve always wanted to do the whistling solo to ‘Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard’” – watch him do so below:

Stephen Colbert’s show will next host The Dead Weather, on September 14, when the band will make their first live appearance in five years.

The band, which consists of The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence, confirmed last month that they would be making their long-awaited return and would release new album ‘Dodge & Burn’ on September 25.

The first guest on the show was Kendrick Lamar, on September 9. Watch him perform a meldey of ‘Wesley’s Theory’, ‘Momma’, ‘King Kunta’ and ‘u’, below: