Watch Critical Role's Matt Mercer Play D&D With TV's Stephen Colbert!
  • Watch Critical Role's Matt Mercer Play D&D With TV's Stephen Colbert!


    Matthew Mercer (DM of Critical Role) and Stephen Colbert (host of The Colbert Report) played a game of D&D for Red Nose Day (the longstanding Comic Relief telethon event). It's just the two of them, one-on-one, in a 45-minute adventure!






    Red Nose Day is a longstanding British institution which traditionally takes place in March, founded in 1985, and raises funds for children in poverty, and has raised over a billion pounds for charity. It also takes place in several other countries, and the US edition launched in 2015 and takes place in May.

    Stephen Colbert has long been known as one of many celebrities who enjoy Dungeons & Dragons. This game took place in New York recently, and funds were raised by donations which actually affected the game.





    Both Colbert and D&D superfan Joe Manganiello discussed D&D on The Late Show.



    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Aaron L's Avatar
      Aaron L -
      Rad
    1. darjr's Avatar
      darjr -
      Very Cool!
    1. Tiles's Avatar
      Tiles -
      You can see how much love was rekindled in Steven. Beautiful to watch.
    1. Aaron L's Avatar
      Aaron L -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiles View Post
      You can see how much love was rekindled in Steven. Beautiful to watch.
      Seeing him light up with happiness and excitement at playing again was just pure joy. Watching him geek out over LotR and other nerdy things is always fun, but this just warmed my heart.

      I can easily imagine him doing everything he can to squeeze a new weekly D&D campaign into his busy schedule now. He even said all it took was just one adventure and he was pulled back in. He is so much One of Us it's inspiring.

      Stephen Colbert is pure good-hearted nerdiness.
    1. Travis Henry's Avatar
      Travis Henry -
      Well played! Poor Eric.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      This was great. Perhaps if the Critical Role cartoon takes off, Matt will be invited on as a guest of the Late Show.
    1. DMMike's Avatar
      DMMike -
      Talk about a dry spell. Stephen hasn't done it for about 30 years!
    1. Istbor -
      I enjoyed his Veteran-like paranoia and curiosity of his surroundings.

      When that came out, I started grinning from ear to ear.
    1. collin's Avatar
      collin -
      So as good as this was, the obvious question becomes, when does Stephen Colbert become a regular on a streaming YouTube D&D 5e game? Sign him up, Matt Mercer!
    1. Iry's Avatar
      Iry -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      and Stephen Colbert (host of The Colbert Report)
      Are you unhappy with his work on The Late Show?
    1. Morrus's Avatar
      Morrus -
      Quote Originally Posted by Iry View Post
      Are you unhappy with his work on The Late Show?
      I’m not familiar with either programme. I am sure they are both excellent.
    1. Sacrosanct's Avatar
      Sacrosanct -
      Quote Originally Posted by Istbor View Post
      I enjoyed his Veteran-like paranoia and curiosity of his surroundings.

      When that came out, I started grinning from ear to ear.
      Yeah, if people want to know how D&D was played back in the day, this is a good example, with his devotion to examining everything in pedantic detail and assuming there were traps everywhere
    1. Mistwell's Avatar
      Mistwell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morrus View Post
      I’m not familiar with either programme. I am sure they are both excellent.
      Like The Graham Norton Show or The Jonathan Ross Show, but every weeknight. It used to be called The Late Show with Johnny Carson.
    1. Prakriti's Avatar
      Prakriti -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
      Like The Graham Norton Show or The Jonathan Ross Show, but every weeknight. It used to be called The Late Show with Johnny Carson.
      Johnny Carson hosted the Tonight Show, not the Late Show. Colbert's predecessor on the Late Show was David Letterman, for whom the program was created.
    1. Mistwell's Avatar
      Mistwell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Prakriti View Post
      Johnny Carson hosted the Tonight Show, not the Late Show. Colbert's predecessor on the Late Show was David Letterman, for whom the program was created.
      Oh right right, after Letterman was turned town for the Tonight Show. It's sorta all been the same in my mind. Same format, same guests, different hosts.
    1. Burnside's Avatar
      Burnside -
      Video is adorable.
    1. Prakriti's Avatar
      Prakriti -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mistwell View Post
      Oh right right, after Letterman was turned town for the Tonight Show. It's sorta all been the same in my mind. Same format, same guests, different hosts.
      What, you get the Tonight Show, the Late Show, the Late Late Show, and Late Night confused?! But they all have such distinctive names!
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by Istbor View Post
      I enjoyed his Veteran-like paranoia and curiosity of his surroundings.

      When that came out, I started grinning from ear to ear.
      It kinda paid off. By throwing rocks at one of the gargoyles (thinking it might be a living creature) and having it break off and fall, he halved the danger of the arcane trap when crossing the bridge.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sacrosanct View Post
      Yeah, if people want to know how D&D was played back in the day, this is a good example, with his devotion to examining everything in pedantic detail and assuming there were traps everywhere
      I love when he corrected Mercer on stalactite versus stalagmite, which led to the best line: "This is what it was like to play D&D with me when I was 13."

      See video at 20:14: https://youtu.be/3658C2y4LlA?t=1214
    1. Harzel's Avatar
      Harzel -
      Quote Originally Posted by collin View Post
      So as good as this was, the obvious question becomes, when does Stephen Colbert become a regular on a streaming YouTube D&D 5e game? Sign him up, Matt Mercer!
      I would not hold my breath about Colbert being a 'regular' D&D streamer, but given his "I hope we can do this again" comment I will be surprised if he doesn't guest on Critical Role at some point (unless there's some contractual thing with CBS or whatnot that would prevent it).
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