Q: This is driving me crazy! What is that tall pink/orange thing in the cityscape behind Stephen Colbert during his monologue? It looks like the webbing on a folding outdoor chair to me.

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

It's the Conrad New York Midtown hotel and, in your defense, during the day it's more of a beige.

Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" monologues are performed in front of a video screen projecting an image of the Manhattan skyline — specifically, part of it that runs along West 54th Street, in front of the show's home at the Ed Sullivan Theater — where the Conrad is located.

It's certainly a distinctive building, though not just because of the dramatic lighting that's on it at night, making it stand out as a splash of warm pink/orange in a sea of cold blues. It's also distinctive because of the circle of walls at the top that look a little like the ramparts of a castle. (I can't say I'm seeing the folding-chair similarity you are, but these things are subjective.)

Being shot in New York is in "The Late Show's" blood — more so than its host, who we all know changes periodically. Its current host, Colbert, is from South Carolina, while his predecessor, David Letterman, was from Indiana. But it's unlikely either even considered projecting their hometowns onto the screen behind them.


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