“Is this real? Or is it in my head?”
That’s a familiar refrain for viewers of “Mr. Robot”, not so much for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”, but that’s how Colbert kicked off last night’s show, wearing a hoodie and emulating Rami Malek’s mentally unstable computer hacker in a special opening spoofing the Showcase conspiracy thriller.
And then “Mr. Robot” star Christian Slater strolled onstage, thanking the host for having him on the show.
“Am I having you on?” declares Colbert via voiceover. “Do I even have a show tonight? What if the audience is all in my head and the audience is just a bunch of computer viruses?”
Slater is in on the gag — but is Colbert?
“I see what’s goin’ on here,” says Slater. “I’m on ‘Mr. Robot’ so you’re doing a ‘Mr. Robot’ bit.”
“Am I?” says Colbert’s voiceover. “Or is the bit doing me?”
Things only get weirder from there.
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT on Global; you can also watch full episodes online.
“Mr. Robot” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showcase.