Talking Comedy with Emmys Host Stephen Colbert
To see more of Stephen’s work on “The Late Show,” follow @colbertlateshow on Instagram.
When “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” host Stephen Colbert (@colbertlateshow) was younger, comedy was his great love. “I had comedy albums that I would play over and over, like George Carlin’s Class Clown and Steve Martin’s A Wild and Crazy Guy,” says Stephen. “I heard those guys and I was hooked. I wanted to be a part of it.” Long before he went into comedy professionally, Stephen had a loyal audience of one: his mother. “She was a great guide for my artistic interests and was the ultimate person to make laugh,” he says.
Stephen’s transition to “The Late Show” two years ago also changed his comedic path. “I’ve allowed myself to become sort of a pure performer now,” he says. “Coming out of ‘The Colbert Report,’ I wanted to go out there and do jokes for people. I wanted to be interested in my guests. That’s the only way I could reveal myself, to be myself for the audience.”