Stephen Colbert bids a happy Hunger Games adieu to Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee

Farewell, "tribute" Lincoln Chafee
(Image credit: Late Show)

With the first two Democrats dropping out of the 2016 presidential race last week, Stephen Colbert stepped back into his, um, Julius Flickerman persona on Monday's Late Show for a catch-up edition of "The Hungry for Power Games." The Democratic field is getting pretty thin now, with Vice President Joe Biden staying out of the race and two of the six declared contenders gone, he said, adding that "even Donald Trump couldn't comb over a bald spot that big." But as the bubbly, arch Flickerman, Colbert didn't feign much sadness at the departure of the tributes from District Grumpy (Jim Webb) and District Horsey (Lincoln Chafee).

Neither former Republican had much support, Colbert said. Webb's exit "will come as a disappointment to his supporter," he jabbed. "I'd say we hardly knew ye, but 'hardly' is too generous a term." As for Chafee, well, "this Lincoln had all the charisma of the logs he was named for," Colbert joked. But before he could do his Hunger Games–inspired tribute sendoff, Stanly Tucci — who plays Caesar Flickerman in the Hunger Games movies — came on to chide Colbert over his impersonation. "Stanley, please — for legal reasons, I don't know who Caesar Flickerman is," Colbert said, declaring himself to be Caesar's brother, Julius. Still, Tucci had a suggestion for character change, and until Elizabeth Banks makes a cameo, the next "tribute" to drop out of the race may be saluted by Julius Trinket. Watch below. Peter Weber

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Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.