How Does The Late Show Stephen Colbert Differ from The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert?

We've got to sort out our Colberts.

By Brenden Gallagher

The question on America’s mind last night was “Who is Stephen Colbert?”

Now that our favorite fake neo-con has stepped away from The Colbert Report and taken his place behind David Letterman’s old desk, on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, who would he be? Would we recognize the man whose truthiness made us laugh for the last decade?

Or would we see a stranger behind the desk, a guy who looks like someone we used to know?

Colbert wasted no time in answering this question directly on his CBS debut. He explained to his guest, Jeb Bush, the difference between his old show and his new show succinctly, “I used to play a narcissistic conservative pundit. Now I’m just a narcissist.”

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But that doesn’t tell the whole story. To try to understand the difference between Stephen Colbert, the man who loved bald eagles and Bill O’Reilly, and Stephen Colbert, the man who will be bringing celebrity interviews into our homes for the foreseeable future, let’s look at what else he did in his premiere.

Colbert opened up the show with a sequence of people singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” capped off with an old friend telling America to “Play Ball!”

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