Watch Stephen Colbert’s Opening Monologue from His First Late Show

Little Stevie Colbert is back.

And this time he’s happy to be going live at 5pm…and in bed by the time you see him take the stage.

In his first show taking over from David Letterman, Colbert seemed a little less like the over-the-top host of The Colbert Report he once was, but still infused with the same exuberance, timing, and sharp wit that made you love him in the first place.

Indeed, in the opening monologue below, Colbert is the one to admit, “with this show, I begin the search for the real Stephen Colbert.”

And we can’t wait to join him on the journey.