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Late Show host Stephen Colbert kicked off his “Russia Week” on Monday evening. In his first of five field pieces — which will air throughout the week — Colbert sat down with his Russian counterpart, Ivan Urgant, who hosts the late-night talk show, Evening Urgant.

Stylistically, Evening Urgant borrows a lot from the traditional U.S. late-night talk show format, but Urgant said he doesn’t lean on politics as heavily as Colbert or John Oliver. (Urgant compared himself to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.)

If Monday’s segment is any indication, “Russia Week” will be great.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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