I admit that I was really wondering if I was going to like "the real" Stephen Colbert when he took over 'The Late Show.' Now I can say, without a doubt, that my fears were 100 percent wrong. The "real" Stephen Colbert is pretty much the same person as his character. Actually--I think he's even better just being himself.
After watching Colbert's first episode last night I now might actually watch a late night show on one of the big three networks for the first time in years. He spent a handful of minutes just obliterating Donald Trump and then showed that he can interview movie stars and politicians without having to stay in character throughout the interview. The show ended with a hell of a musical performance by his house band, Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human, with a whole bunch of big name cameos.
All in all, I'd say that Colbert had a great first show. I'm looking forward to see how the show evolves as he gets more used to the hour long format. After last night, I have a feeling he won't have many issues getting in his groove.