Can something be absolutely what you expected, while also being completely, pleasantly unexpected? Anyway, that's how I felt about Stephen Colbert's very first Late Show. I'm so excited for him, and in a weird way, I'm incredibly proud of him. I was always a fan of his on the Daily Show, and watched the Colbert Report from its very beginning. It's a huge deal to come after Letterman, but Colbert did everything in stride. It was all there, and it all just felt right, from the music to the comedy to the interviews. Oh yeah, that's right! You don't realize how badly late night has been missing a good interviewer. With Letterman gone, that's also a huge void. But Colbert is the master, flawlessly moving from George Clooney to Jeb Bush in a single night.
Also, there's a unique fuzzy feels to seeing the host of Late Show and the host of Tonight briefly interact, cordially. A little bit of a historical moment there.
All in all, it's wonderful to see the host whom I think will now anchor all late night, combining the class, wit, and charm in its comedy that it needs.
Congrats, Mr. Colbert!