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Stephen Colbert responds to stock market chaos by bottling urine and marrying a chicken

Stephen Colbert responds to stock market chaos by bottling urine and marrying a chicken

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Stephen Colbert isn't scheduled to come back to TV until September, when he takes over as host of The Late Show, but that hasn't kept the workaholic comedian away from the small screen. Over the past few months Colbert has teased his new show by shaving his beard on camera and cropped up on public access TV in Michigan, interviewing a mildly bemused Eminem during a 40-minute broadcast. Now Colbert — the human, not the character — has taken to the internet to weigh in on yesterday's news of stock exchange meltdowns and grounded flights.

The clip, published on The Late Show's YouTube account and official site, shows Colbert surrounded by bottled water, dried food, rope, and bottles labeled "urine" — everything he needs to survive the apocalypse he presumes will be brought about by the apparently minor IT blip in the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to bags of chips, Colbert also has his own Mad Max-referencing Warboy, a growling intern stripped to the waist and painted gray, and a new chicken wife called Vindaloo. Fortunately for Stephen's own sanity, he's not got long to go now until he replaces David Letterman as host of The Late Show, but he promises he'll be back between now and September with yet more weird and wacky videos.