Stephen Colbert sang the tweaked chorus, “It’s the end of the year as we know it” ― with former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe at his side on Thursday. The “Late Show” host speeds through a patter of the year’s bad news, from Zika virus to Harambe the gorilla to you-know-who.
The gimmick is that Stipe refuses to join in and say he feels “fine.” But after some prodding by Colbert, the 56-year-old singer finally joins in.
Here’s to a better 2017, fellas.