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We’re sorry, but did Stephen Colbert just go back in time to become the old Stephen Colbert? You know, the one we freaking loved on The Colbert Report, who took on ridiculous politicians whenever and wherever it was merited?

Yeah, we think he did.

Colbert showed up to crash the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Sunday night, and he did it in the best way possible — dressed as Caesar Flickerman from The Hunger Games. We’re talking blue hair, bushy eyebrows and the whole getup. These are the kinds of antics we’ve been missing, guys.

In case you were wondering, no, Colbert was not there to support Donald Trump. It was quite the opposite, actually. The Late Show host stole the microphone for just over 30 seconds to open up the Hungry for Power Games before he was escorted off the stage in front of a mostly empty crowd.

“Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here,” Colbert said to the guard as he was being led away. “But neither is Donald Trump.”

While ballsy, the appearance actually shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone; he’s been sporting the Stanley Tucci-inspired costume for weeks on his show leading up to the big event.

Apparently the RNC gave Colbert permission to film bits of his show from the floor this year, which means we may see some more antics fairly soon. It’s about time — there may have been a reason Colbert was ignored by Emmy voters this time around.

Well, we say if he keeps bringing this kind of game, they won’t be able to ignore him next year. Especially if Jon Stewart comes out to help him this week and next, when he also takes on the Democratic National Convention.

Let the Hungry for Power Games continue…

The Hunger Games
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