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Super Mario Bros. 3 speedrunner to appear on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Summer Games Done Quick getting the Colbert Bump

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Speedrunner Mitch Fowler, who currently holds the world record for an "any percent" run of NES game Super Mario Bros. 3, according to, will appear on tonight’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Fowler announced his appearance on Twitter, saying that he’ll be speedrunning Super Mario Bros. 3 on set. Since Fowler can do that in just about three minutes, it shouldn’t be a long segment.

But Fowler said he’ll be on Colbert’s late night talk show to discuss Summer Games Done Quick, the annual speedrunning charity event that kicks off Sunday, July 3. Fowler, aka "mitchflowerpower," will be playing Super Mario Maker in a blind team relay race at the speedrunning marathon.

We’ve confirmed with CBS that Fowler will appear as a guest on tonight’s show, but reps declined to say in what capacity he’ll be appearing.

Fowler’s appearance wouldn’t mark the first time Colbert has featured video game-related guests. Last year, The Late Show welcomed The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses and popular video game streamer Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs at 11:35 p.m. on CBS. Tonight’s show will also include appearances from Star Trek Beyond’s Zachary Quinto, Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and 2 Chainz.

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