Wednesday, September 2, 2015

“As he prepares to become the second person to host “The...

“As he prepares to become the second person to host “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert is approaching a transformative moment. In the new role, #Colbert will succeed @letterman, for whom the show was created. The big question: Can he shed the ironist’s mask he wore on The Colbert Report and turn himself into the genial master of ceremonies that a late-night network show requires? Colbert is keeping many details about his show il under wraps until its debut. But one afternoon in August, @nytimes reporter Dave Itzkoff listened in as Colbert and his staff contemplated the language he should use to open a sketch that began with a direct address to the audience. (An opening greeting like “nation” was too reminiscent of his former character’s voice.) Colbert hit upon a solution. “How about ‘hi’?” he said. “I like that.” @damonwinter photographed Colbert on the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.” By nytimes on Instagram.

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