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Late Show with Stephen Colbert: GIFs from the first episode

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John Paul Filo

The first episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert introduced the show’s new opening credits, its new house band (Jon Batiste and Stay Human), and a bunch of jokes at the expense of Donald Trump. And through it all, host Stephen Colbert seemed to have a total blast. Ahead, GIF proof that Colbert had a great night as first-time host of the venerable CBS franchise.

Stephen Colbert started his show by bowling a strike… 

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…and then got a little encouragement from an old friend.

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He was excited to meet his studio audience.

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(Really excited.)

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Something even that pesky deal he made with a demon to promote Sabra hummus couldn’t deny.

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When it came time for interviews, Colbert dinged George Clooney for his attire…

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…but still got the Oscar-winning actor to participate in a silly sketch.

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He also mixed it up with Jeb (Jeb!) Bush.

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And then closed it out by singing “Everyday People” with Mavis Staples (and a bunch of other musicians).

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Not bad, Mr. Colbert! See you on Wednesday night.

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