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Stephen Colbert gives Utah tourism boost in Late Show Mono-logue

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Stephen Colbert gives Utah tourism boost in Late Show Mono-logue

By Jen Riess, | Posted - Nov. 26, 2020 at 6:57 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — The man. The myth. The monolith.

The Late Show host Stephen Colbert spoke on what has become Utah's latest viral sensation: the monolith. The monolith was found among the red rocks in southeastern Utah on Nov. 18 by Utah Department of Public Safety employees who were on a helicopter counting bighorn sheep. Many people automatically drew connections between the 12-foot metal mystery and aliens.

Colbert opened his show by diving deep into theories and then showing a monolith-centered Utah tourism video.

"Is it aliens making first contact? Is it a site-specific art installation that examines the dynamic tension between man and nature? Or is it a really poorly installed stainless steel backsplash," said Colbert on Wednesday night. "Utah is the ultimate open-concept kitchen."

Colbert also had his suspicions about Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Nick Street and whether he is actually a human or an out-of-this-world decoy. First, he pointed out that Street said the structure appeared to be put together with "human-made rivets" in an interview with The New York Times, which, he pointed out, does not sound like something a human would say. Second, Colbert said "Nick Street" sounded like the name of a "panicked galactic traveler making his name up on the spot."

Street has been interviewed several times on and our writers can confirm, he is a real human being.

Colbert lastly pointed out that Utah officials said it was "interesting" that while there are roads close by, hauling the large material and cutting into the rock in a remote location is unusual. He countered that instead of being interesting, it sounded more like the opening scenes of a sci-fi movie.

While it is likely the work of a human artist, the Bureau of Land Management tweeted that "occupying, or developing the public lands or their resources without a required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet you are from."

Since many have compared Utah's monolith to other alien symbols in Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," Colbert said he had written up a movie script starring Zendaya, Paul Giamatti, Chris Pine and Vin Diesel as "The Monolith."

Bonus: In a Utah tourism video, or monolith movie trailer, created by the Late Show, all of the state's natural wonders are beautifully showcased: from national parks and ski resorts to the monolith's commanding powers.

"Come for the fun; stay because the monolith commands it!"

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