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‘The Late Show’s’ Stephen Colbert tries (and tries and tries) to storm the stage at the DNC

It’s just like the old saying goes: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — and maybe get Nancy Pelosi involved.

Stephen Colbert kicked off his second week of live shows Monday night by traveling to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention. 

After a psychedelic experience brought on by a bad cheesesteak, the host got down to the task at hand: Donning his “Julius Flickerman” regalia and storming the stage at the Wells Fargo Arena, much as he did a week earlier at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in a well-publicized stunt. 

Alas, one of the downsides of going viral is that it makes it harder to pull off a repeat performance. Colbert begged, pleaded and even flashed an almost-certainly-fake “podium pass” at the security guards inside the arena, but they didn’t budge.

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They were similarly unmoved by House Minority Leader Pelosi, who (kinda sorta) advocated on the comedian’s behalf. Still, like a die-hard Bernie bro, Colbert refused to take no for an answer. Eventually, his perseverance paid off with a fleeting yet triumphant moment onstage. 

What an example for us all.

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