The Late Show’s host Stephen Colbert is usually the one doing the interviewing, but the tables were turned Tuesday, as Colbert was the one answering questions, and doing it while trying to eat some of the hottest wings on Earth.
As his Late Show guest, Colbert had Sean Evans, the host of First We Feast’s Hot Ones web series, where celebrities try to answer questions while eating wings that get progressively, and eventually insanely hotter.
Evans took his wings, and questions to the Late Show, and Colbert tried his hand at ones covered in sauce called Da’ Bomb and Blair’s Mega Death Sauce With Liquid Rage. For a little perspective, the Mega Death sauce is 110 times hotter than a jalapeno.
The challenge usually requires 10 wings and 10 questions, but due to time constraints, Colbert only tried four. While it meant less wings, it also meant the Late Show host had to get to the hottest wings a lot quicker.
Colbert looked calm to start, and when asked about his preference between New York-style and Chicago-style pizza, he had the wherewithal to say, “I like the crispness of a New York slice. That’s pizza. Chicago deep dish is a baby pool filled with sauce and cheese.”
By the time they got to the third wing, which was Da’ Bomb and its 135,600 Scovilles, Colbert felt the heat, saying with a nervous chuckle, “This feeling I have in my mouth right now, is what I was afraid of from the beginning.”
The wing challenge even got Colbert to curse a couple times, which the network probably didn’t love, but was hilarious nonetheless. Stephen even jumped out of his chair, losing his mind, as the crowd just anxiously watched.
The entire interview was gold, and the courageous talk show host made it through the four wings, even if he did lose all sense of reality.