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Paul McCartney Books One-Hour ‘Colbert Report’ Special

Paul McCartney and Stephen Colbert
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The June 12 stop on Paul McCartney‘s ‘Out There’ tour will find him playing to one of the bigger audiences he’s likely to face this year: Everyone watching ‘The Colbert Report.’

The Comedy Central host will dedicate a one-hour special to McCartney, featuring an interview segment as well as live performances. It’ll mark McCartney’s second appearance on the show — he also stopped by in January of 2009 — but his first time playing live for Colbert’s audience.

While it’s ostensibly a politically themed show, Colbert has used his ‘Report’ as a forum for promoting artists from across the musical spectrum, most notably with the weeklong on-air live festival he organized last year, dubbed ‘StePhest Colbchella ‘012: RocktAugustFest.’ And although Colbert has often focused on younger acts, including Jack White and Radiohead (the latter of whom made their own one-hour appearance on the ‘Report’ in September 2011), he clearly has impeccable taste in performers of an older vintage as well.

Still, viewers can expect a fair amount of humor at McCartney’s expense during the show. Staying in character as the blustery doofus he portrays on ‘The Colbert Report,’ Colbert announced the former Beatle‘s arrival in a statement that reads, “I think this McCartney kid’s got something special and I’m gonna put him on the map!”

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