Colbert excites viewers as new host of ‘The Late Show’ on CBS


Antony Marchiando

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Stephen Colbert, former Comedy Central comedian, brightened up the stage last Tuesday night as the host of his newest television venture, “The Late Show.”

David Letterman was crowned the original host of the talk show in 1993 and one thing is clear, as Colbert pointed out, “I’m not trying to replace Letterman.”

Colbert seems to be on the right track bursting onto the stage, dancing with musician Jon Batiste with Stay Human, welcoming the show’s new theme song. The new host has great energy and showed his unique character before the teleprompter script even began.

However, Colbert’s nervousness was noticeable as he joked with a pre-recording of Jimmy Fallon. The awkward, new host tension arose again in a forced product placement conversation. Colbert made the best of it, explaining how he pledged service to an “ancient cursed amulet.” He confessed to being in service to an amulet that forces him to advertise Sabra hummus, with “regrettable consequences.” Continuing on a normal course, Colbert indulged in cracks at Presidential nominee Donald Trump in the form of boxes of Oreo cookies, leaving me chuckling at ‘beeps’ and ‘bops’ of Trump’s speeches.

I was also entertained by George Clooney’s interview, which included little substance but did hold classic heavy sarcasm, and people definitely enjoyed the long pause with Clooney and Colbert “who always have something to talk about.” It was a good laugh, and lighthearted interview.

With republican presidential nominee Jeb Bush, however, the interview was more biting. It turned out fantastic. Colbert settled into his character with jitters at ease. It allowed for Colbert to use himself, citing his love of his political opposite brother to ask Bush the difference between Jeb Bush’s brother, former president George W. Bush.

The “real Stephen Colbert” excites City College student Lily Daniels, a long time fan of Colbert back when he hosted for Comedy Central. She feels that Colbert is “a lot more personal with ‘The Late Show,’” and how he would “never talk about himself on ‘The Colbert Report.’” Self-analogies open up new ways to interview guests on the show, and made Jeb Bush that much better.

Though it might take time for Letterman fans to adjust, an energetic Stephen Colbert will maintain the prestige of “The Late Show” for late nights to come.