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Stephen Colbert Tells Elizabeth Warren a Dirty Joke About Bad Beer

The “Late Show” host introduced the presidential candidate to the cuisine of his hometown, Charleston

Stephen Colbert and Elizabeth Warren eating oysters over a table full of other foods
Stephen Colbert and Elizabeth Warren
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

From Donald Trump’s love of fast food to Pete Buttigieg’s day at the Iowa State Fair, it’s established that the way a presidential candidate relates to food bears at least some importance to the American voter. Senator Elizabeth Warren clearly took this to heart when sitting down to a feast of of South Carolina delights on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Colbert, a Charleston native, took Warren to Husk to sample oysters, boiled peanuts, and hush puppies — all chased down with bourbon on the rocks. (Warren sees your “someone I can imagine having a beer with” and raises you one.) They also spoke about the upcoming South Carolina primary and used a plate of ribs to explain Warren’s plan to tax billionaires in order to pay for things like universal child care and public college. Boldest of all, however, was the senator’s willingness to throw back raw oysters on camera, one of the least flattering things a person can do (other than eating a corn dog). And the sound! Get that boom away from their mouths, CBS!

Not only does the segment dispel the apparent rumor that Warren doesn’t eat a lot (something the senator brought up in the debate), but it also ends with Colbert telling Warren a risqué joke about Michelob Ultra. For more information on Husk and the Colbert/Warren menu, head on over to Eater Carolinas.