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As CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, fans who saw the taping agreed that he was off to a running, high-kicking, high-energy start, and he did not disappoint in the slightest.
“It was fantastic,” said spectator Andrea Simmons. “It was everything I’d hoped for and more.”
“This was great. I’m so impressed,” added Michelle Buckholtz of Cleveland. “I had no idea what this would turn into. He turned into a really great interviewer – he’s a singer; he was just a showman, I was just so impressed!”
“What we just left is everything that embodies my generation – the baby boomers and Gen X,” said Billy Buckholtz of Cleveland. “It was a rock and roll show, comedy; it was some seriousness.”
The taping went on for 2 1/2 hours, although it was ultimately whittled down to an hour and nine minutes. Spectators said Colbert did several retakes of some of the segments, but each time, Colbert was funny.
One spectator told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria the show was a little less political than “The Colbert Report,” and they indeed did get to see the real Stephen Colbert.
“This time, it was Stephen talking about the events of our time, so you know, before, it was a fake guy. This was just Stephen. He was so magnificent – fun, energetic,” she said.
Before the taping, as CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, Colbert was spotted making his way to the Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway, earlier Tuesday with his headphones in and his backpack on. He was smiling and waving as he prepared to start the new chapter in late night TV.
Letterman signed off as host in May after a run with CBS that dated back to 1993.
To celebrate the premiere, CBS teamed up with Portland, Oregon-based Stumptown Coffee Roasters to create “Col’Brew” Cold Brew Coffee. Street teams in New York City handed out free bottles of the limited edition coffee throughout the day Tuesday.
The Col’Brews were much-welcome relief for fans waiting outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in scorching temperatures Tuesday afternoon. It was a party-like atmosphere outside the theater, complete with a DJ, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.
“This is a dream come true to come to his first show,” one fan said.
“He’s hilarious. He’s intelligent. He’s going to bring a lot to late night,” another said.