Stephen Colbert Infiltrated The RNC Dressed As ‘The Hunger Games’s’ Caesar

The Republican National Convention is off to a good start, although the GOP might not think so. On Monday, the party had a surprise guest speaker when Stephen Colbert took the GOP convention stage dressed as Caesar from The Hunger Games. In character as Caesar, the blue-haired TV host played by Stanley Tucci, Colbert announced that Donald Trump had “formed an alliance” with Mike Pence, then pretended to black out before launching the “2016 Republican National Hungry For Power Games.” When security hustled him offstage after his stunt, Colbert — still in character, of course — said, “I know I’m not supposed to be up here, but to be honest, neither is Donald Trump.” Luckily, someone caught the short, but glorious, skit on video for all of our amusement.

The night before the convention began, Colbert gave fans a hint of what was to come by tweeting a photo of himself in costume (note the blue eyebrows painted on above his actual eyebrows) about to pull out a giant plug from an electrical socket, with the caption, “At the center of power at the RNC.”

The RNC appearance isn’t Colbert’s first Hunger Games reference, either; he used the series on The Late Show in 2015 to mock the GOP’s candidate selection process, which he also described as the “Hungry for Power Games.” He wore a similar costume in this segment, so he must really like the character’s style.

However, his commitment to actually attending the RNC in costume and making statements he must have known would get him kicked off stage is a callback not only to last year, but to the more in-your-face satire of his Colbert Report days — a welcome development for those who feel his teeth have been blunted since he left Comedy Central. This is less of a fun late-night show host vibe and more like his infamous 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner speech, when he compared the Bush administration’s staffing changes to “rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg” or his advocacy for migrant farm workers’ rights before a House subcommittee on immigration in 2010.

To be honest, Colbert dressing up as the Hunger Games emcee operates on the same level of reality as the rest of this presidential campaign. Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and the rest of the GOP contenders produced such outlandish remarks and memes that the former host of a satirical comedy TV show attending the official Republican National Convention in a blue wig and an extra set of eyebrows seems fitting.

If he goes for the same theme again, let’s hope he pushes the envelope a bit more — maybe with Effie Trinket’s puffy pastel dress, pink hair, and giant flower hat. Who knows, he might be the best-dressed person at the convention.