's "Late Show" studio audience returned last week, and they are already in pre-pandemic condition.
A single mention of former President Donald Trump
, not even by name, elicited such an outpouring of boos that Colbert paused his performance to wait it out, even jokingly checking his watch
at one point.
He cracked after 20 seconds of booing, "But how do you feel?"
Then, with his punchline, Colbert converted the jeers into cheers.
In his Monday night monologue, he says: