As you may have heard, Stephen Colbert will be taking over The Late Show when David Letterman retires in 2015. What you haven’t heard is where that show will take place. New York City and Los Angeles are vying for the comedy sensation, but there appears to be a third option.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants to bring the Southern-born Colbert back to our part of the country.
In a letter, Mayor Landrieu proposed that, instead of filming yet another show in New York City or Los Angeles, Colbert should give the South a little love and host it in the cultural mecca that sits at the snake’s end of the Mississippi River.
It’s an idea we can certainly get behind here at Southern Living. Here are five good reasons why Colbert should take Mayor Landrieu’s suggestion seriously. Colbert, we hope you’re reading!
1. Colbert is a Southerner at heart, born in Washington D.C. And I don’t need to tell you that Southerners always return home. It might take a while, but it happens.
2. Po’boys. Oyster po’boys. Shrimp po’boys. Catfish po’boys. Roast beef po’boys. French fry po’boys. I mean, do we need to say more? They just don’t have this stuff on the other coasts.
3. Can you imagine what The Late Night run would be like during Mardi Gras? Colbert, you wouldn’t even need to write jokes. Bourbon Street will write them for you.
4. Let’s be honest: It’d be nice to have some smart Southern comedy on late-night television. The East Coast and the West Coast dominate. We think it’s high time for the Gulf Coast to have a moment.
5. (The Serious One) This would be incredibly meaningful for a still-recovering city and would add to the South’s profile and economic viability in general.
Bonus: Mostly, because it’d be an absolute blast. Both for you, Colbert, and for your fans.
Check out Landrieu’s note below.