Recently, we learned the exciting news that Stephen Colbert would leave his post at The Colbert Report to take over for David Letterman on the Late Show. This of course led to boundless questions such as, “What is Colbert really like when he’s not in character?” At least that was my question. And of course, “What direction would Colbert take the Late Show in?”
While my coworkers were discussing that we already believe in his interviewing skills, everything else seems a little open-ended. Last night, people got their first glimpse of what the Late Show would look like with Colbert at the helm, as Colbert appeared as a guest with David Letterman. And frankly, I like what I saw. So, a tip of the hat to you Colbert!
When asked what direction he would take the show in, Colbert responded, “I’m going to do whatever you have done.” And while I’m sure Letterman appreciated the flattery, he admitted that he should try something different.
Letterman also seemed pleased with his chosen successor saying, “They could have just as easily hired a boob like me.”
Colbert quickly responded with, “They hired a boob like me! [...] Every boob is like a snowflake.”
This, of course, is my new favorite line, so if you see someone at the bar this weekend yammering about how every boob is a snowflake, you know it’s me. Probably.
Colbert also admitted that he turned down an internship with Letterman back in the day. In fact, Colbert brought in the Top 10 list he’d created to apply for the job: The 10 Cocktails For Santa. These included The Rusty Blitzen and the Scrooge Driver. Perhaps not his best work.
The pair also gave in to the selfie trend, and took their own to Twitter:
Look at those cuties!
Check out the video below to see the symbolic passing of the Late Show torch.
What do you think of Letterman’s successor?