Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart Resurrected the Old 'Stephen Colbert'

As expected, Stephen Colbert wasted no time before hilariously trolling politicians on the first day of the Republican National Convention on Monday morning in Cleveland. But by Monday night, the Late Show host was so overwhelmed by the Trump-fueled political madness, he reunited with Jon Stewart for help, who -- perhaps unintentionally -- resurrected his Colbert Report persona, Stephen Colbert. You know, the old one. 

That's right, folks -- both Jon Stewart and the original Stephen Colbert reunited to somehow make sense of the political spectacle, and more specifically, Donald Trump. And by "make sense of" Trump, we mean mercilessly make fun of him as only the two comedians could.

Watch as Colbert finds Stewart living a life of "blissful, kale-fueled isolation" after leaving The Daily Show, only to discover the decidedly bearded master satirist is so out of touch with the news that he just assumed Jeb Bush is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. His reaction, when Colbert informs him that Trump is the actual nominee, is perfect, and leads to rapid-fire jabs at the candidate in the form of Stewart's incredulous questioning. Here's just a sample:

"The guy whose eyes look like tiny version of his mouth?" Stewart asks.

"Yes," Colbert says. "The guy who looks like an angry Creamsicle."

"Decomposing jack-o-lantern."

"Human-toupee hybrid," Colbert adds.

The exchange ultimately leads Stewart to disappear into his log cabin and return with none other than the old Stephen Colbert, complete with a Captain America shield and Sting, the sword of Frodo in Lord of the Rings. Apparently, the beloved character had joined Stewart in isolation after the current Colbert became host of the Late Show on CBS. His return is marked by none other than his signature raised eyebrow and eagle cries. 

Old Colbert, too, is outraged when he learns that Trump, not Bush, is the presumptive nominee, and returns to TV for one more installment of his classic segment, The Word, which you can watch right here:

As you can see, Classic Colbert didn't lose any of his fire during his time offscreen, although his return appears to been only brief on Monday night's show. But, then again, Colbert still has the rest of the week of live episodes of the Late Show from the convention, so he's probably got way more surprises in store. Obviously, this was a helluva start.

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and misses the old Colbert sometimes. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.