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Stephen Colbert Monologue Debut: How Do You Rate Him? (video!)

Stephen Colbert was wide-eyed and energetic during his first opening monologue on the Late Show. (Photo: CBS)

Stephen Colbert was wide-eyed and energetic during his first opening monologue on the Late Show. (Photo: CBS)

Stephen Colbert kicked off his new “Late Show” gig with a standard late night opening monologue. He certainly had more energy that David Letterman, but will his frenetic, zany style turn off Dave’s fans?

Johnny Carson, and for that matter, his predecessor, Jack Paar, set the tone and style for late night interview shows.

Their humor was low-key, cool and ironic. Talk show hosts since then, from Jay Leno to Letterman have been, more or less, cut from the same cloth. Colbert’s competition, Jimmy Fallon, the new “Tonight Show” host, also has the same cool-kid style.

Colbert, in contrast, essentially brought his zany “Comedy Central” humor to the “Late Show,” without the faux political edge. He’s still the loud, brassy guy from the “Colbert Report.”

He’s closer to Conan O’Brien’s smart alecky style without the urbane sophistication of his humor.

One thing is certain, he’s a sharp departure from Letterman’s brand of ironic humor. It remains to be seen if he’ll keep most of Dave’s fans. Or, if his politically attuned “Comedy Central” fans will follow him.

Check out the clip below, let us know how he rates in the comment section below, and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest television news.


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