Last night on The Late Show, Stephen Colbert unveiled his own “deleted scenes” from Apple TV+’s Severance, which he joked is “easily one of the top dystopian workplace sci-fi mystery black comedy psychological thrillers” he’s ever seen. For the uninitiated, Severance is a surreal sci-fi drama centered on Lumon Industries employee Mark (Adam Scott), who leads a team of office workers whose memories have been surgically divided between their work and personal lives. When a mysterious colleague appears outside of work, it begins a journey to discover the truth about their jobs.
Colbert joked on The Late Show that “the only thing” he doesn’t like about the series is that he was originally going to be in it. “For some reason, all my scenes were left on the cutting room floor,” he lamented. “But thankfully, The Late Show has found the missing footage.” We then cut into a Severance parody which has Colbert (or “Stephen C.”) interacting with Mark and Lumon severed floor manager Milchick (Tramell Tillman), all while getting on the nerves of Mark’s fellow macrodata refiner, Irving (John Turturro). “Look, I am so excited to be with you guys here and working at Lululemon,” says Colbert.
“Lumon,” Milchick says, correcting him, to which Colbert replies, “Namaste.” In subsequent scenes, Colbert convinces himself that his “outie”—or self outside of work—is The Office‘s Steve Carell, given his initials, also getting caught stealing paper clips from the supply closet, enduring some psychological torture in the Break Room and setting his music dance experience to the tune of Smash Mouth’s “All Star.”