Breaking: The new Colbert feels a lot like the old Colbert — and that’s a good thing

Never was that more apparent than during this absurdist bit from Colbert’s very first Late Show, which seemed to announce the role he’ll be playing in the network talk show landscape. If Jimmy Fallon is a giggly game-leader and Jimmy Kimmel is a snide snark machine, then Colbert is their earnestly odd, nerd-baiting weird uncle.

The clip starts out straightforward enough, with Colbert ostensibly taking viewers on a quick tour of the revamped Ed Sullivan Theater. There’s a giant video wall that Colbert can use to watch cat boxing or check in with Fallon as he wishes; there’s a huge projection on the ceiling, made to look like a gorgeous stained glass dome decorated with pictures of Colbert’s own face. (It’s all very “Stephen Colbert,” a.k.a. the character the comedian played for 10 seasons on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report.) Read more…

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Stephen Colbert leads viewers through his new set — then things get weird