In his first act as host of the Late Show, Stephen Colbert, the human comedian who wore the skin of a conservative pundit for more than a decade on the Colbert Report, has posted a video revealing what he actually looks like underneath: a grizzled sea captain and/or jovial hobo.
While he’s dropped the character, Colbert’s style of comedy here feels comfortably like watching the Report. He’s still monologuing directly into the camera, mixing in couple of costume changes and the odd musical montage, and dropping punchlines about Chuck Todd. The more things change, right?
Good news, everybody: Stephen Colbert still exists, and it’s like he never left.
The Late Show starts Sept. 8.