Stephen Colbert pays visit to new 'Late Show' home

Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:07am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman's late night CBS talk show, the "Late Show" on Tuesday, to get a glimpse of the rigors of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015.

"He just stopped by to sign the lease," Letterman said of his successor in his opening monologue.

Continuing the passing-of-the-torch theme, the host quipped, "You look right at home," as Colbert took his seat.

In a nod to Letterman's successful, 20-year run on the show, Colbert said, "I'm going to do whatever you have done," to which the often self-deprecating Letterman replied, "Oh no, no, no, you don't want to do that."

The lovefest continued with the pair later taking a picture, or "selfie," of themselves, using Colbert's phone.

But after telling Letterman, "Obviously, I'm thrilled to be taking over for you," Colbert recounted past near-misses with the veteran host, including a 1986 internship he turned down, "Because you did not pay people," and a bid to write for Letterman's show more than a decade later.

Colbert brought along and read the Top 10 list he had written for one of the Late Show's signature bits, the Top 10 cocktail recipes for Santa, which included a "Scrooge driver - grain alcohol and regret."

Worrying about being at home too much once his current show ends, Colbert asked "When are you leaving? I don't know, I should have asked," but Letterman merely laughed.

Chatting about family vacations, Colbert said he had trouble relaxing.   Continued...

Comedian Stephen Colbert arrives to be honored at the Time 100 Gala in New York, April 24, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson