Colbert Visits Late Show —as Himself

He chats with Letterman about replacing him

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 23, 2014 3:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Stephen Colbert—as himself, not his Colbert Report character—paid a visit to the Late Show last night for the first time since he was confirmed as David Letterman's replacement, and the host noted that he "looked right at home." The pair chatted about the show and its future in a conversation packed with one-liners, the Washington Post reports. "They could have just as easily hired another boob like me. They didn't," Letterman told Colbert, who retorted "They hire a boob like me," adding, "Every boob is like a snowflake, Dave. We’re all unique in our own way."

Colbert told Letterman he was dreading the downtime between when the Colbert Report ends this year and when he takes over the Late Show some time in 2015, reports Entertainment Weekly. "I have to tell jokes all the time or I go a little insane," he said. "I had last week off and it didn't go well." He told a story about being offered an internship at Letterman's old Late Night show in 1986. "I did not take the internship," he said. "Why is that?" asked Letterman. "Because you did not pay people," Colbert said. "The next job I’m taking here, it pays, right?"

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, left, joins host David Letterman on the set of the “Late Show with David Letterman."   (AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab)
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, left, takes a selfie with David Letterman last night.   (AP Photo/Jeffrey R. Staab)
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