How a Scheduling Nightmare Led to the Dance Party of the Year on 'Colbert'

Daft Punk may have backed out of their Colbert Report appearance, but the all-star substitute performers made Tuesday's episode a must-see event!

When the marquee name in your hallmark concert series backs out at the last minute, what do you do? (Besides stick your head between your knees and breathe deeply into a paper bag?) If you’re Stephen Colbert, you call your famous friends and throw the dance party of the year.

Electro-pop duo Daft Punk backed out of their scheduled appearance on The Colbert Report on Tuesday. They were forced to skip their performance on the Comedy Central show’s summer concert series, StePhest Colbchella, due to contractual obligations with MTV.

"You see, we booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago,” Colbert explained. “Well, apparently ... Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards. Don’t tell anybody, because fun fact: No one told me until two o’ clock yesterday."

What should have been -- and on any other program, would have been -- a major letdown for the audience turned into one of the most fun late-night music performances we’ve ever seen. Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston (in roller skates!!), Jimmy Fallon, Matt Damon, the Rockettes, Jon Stewart, the cast of America’s Got Talent and even Henry Kissinger -- yes, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger -- get in on the boogie down to Daft Punk’s summertime hit, “Get Lucky.” Check it out below!

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The icing on the cake: Robin Thicke then showed up and performed his own song of the summer, “Blurred Lines”:

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Nice save, Colbert!

Amber Ray is the Deputy Entertainment Editor at iVillage. Find her on Google+ and Twitter.

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