The Colbeard is no more. Let us all have a moment of silence in its memory.
“Hi, everybody, I’m Stephen Colbert. Welcome to the internet! Good news: I still exist.”
Welcome back, Colbert! In the first promo for the Late Show, Colbert is hilariously on point in his determination to give millennials exactly what they want. What do they want, you ask? For the Colbeard to go away, for starters. In a series of wonderfully absurd cutaways, Colbert slowly trims away his impressive post-Colbert Show beard into a number of bizarre styles. From the “un-Hitler” to the “half-Wolverine,” Colbert prepares to take over David Letterman’s chair in style.
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If the short promo is any indication of what is ahead for the Late Show, the TV institution is in good hands. Colbert brings his irreverent sense of humor to the table, as well as clever sight gags (the whiteboard behind him is a source of endless laughs, thanks to its list of things the show needs). While Colbert’s style could definitely bring younger viewers to the aging Late Show, it is hard to imagine anyone being able to resist Colbert’s charming silliness.
The Colbeard video was part of a huge rollout for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert across social media. The show now has a YouTube channel, Twitter feed, Facebook page and every other social media profile imaginable. CBS is preparing us for the coming of Colbert this September. Are you ready?