By Lynette Rice
June 08, 2015 at 12:00 PM EDT

Stephen Colbert, composer extraordinaire?

Perhaps it’s best to let his future late-night fans decide. In this teaser for his upcoming Late Show gig on CBS, a beard-free Colbert is hard at work on his new opening song. He finishes it, and not a moment to soon; his to-do list is already quite cumbersome. (Among the tasks he needs to finish: kicking oxy before getting oxy). 

Take a listen:

Colbert, who will take over The Late Show on Sept. 8, is settling into his role as a modern-day late night host quite nicely. His first YouTube clip, “The Colbeard,” already has more than 1.5 million page views.