Appearing on the cover story of this month’s GW magazine, Colbert explored a variety of topics – starting with his sad childhood in which he struggled in a family with 11 children, of which he was the youngest, while also losing his father and two of his brothers in a plane crash at the age of 10.
Colbert also talked about how he managed to find the final cockpit recording of that respective plane cash, but that he couldn’t bring himself to listen to it. He also admitted to that event shaping him as an individual as he grew up, but also emphasized the role of the church on getting over it (Colbert is a devout Catholic), all of course while using his naturally comedic tone.
Colbert is set to replace David Letterman as the host of the legendary talk show “The Late Show”, as Letterman retired earlier in 2015 following 33 years of hosting the show. Colbert rose to fame with the parody-news segment “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, moving afterwards to his own show “The Colbert Report” between 2005 and 2015. The latter show had Colbert hosting as a satirical right-wing pundit, poking fun at most political shows of the time. However, he now declared that he felt he had done everything with his Colbert Report persona, except from actually showing interest in his guests – which was a part of the character.
Colbert won’t have any such limitations on The Late Show though, as its more serious tone permits him to explore his guests on multiple levels previously not possible in his Colbert Report persona. The first edition of the show with him as a host will have George Clooney and Kendrick Lamar as guests.
However, this doesn’t mean that he won’t add a humoristic touch and his well-known political satire to the show. Colbert is bringing over his entire staff from the old show to CBS – and that should an indication of what he’s up. He’s prepped this ever since he was announced as Letterman’s successor in April 2014, so everyone should prepare for another memorable run of the legendary show – probably with a touch more humor and spice.
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