September 09, 2015 at 11:46 AM EDT

Stephen Colbert stepped onto the Late Show stage Tuesday night displaying a sense of disbelief and gratitude for his new place in the late-night landscape. The former Colbert Report host was beaming as the crowd chanted his name in unison, allowing the longtime host break from his hard-headed-character of old and entertain us by simply being himself.

“With this show I begin the search for the real Stephen Colbert. I just hope I don’t find him on Ashley Madison,” Colbert joked in his opening monologue.

The premiere episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert began with a monologue that moved seamlessly from self-depreciating jokes (“As long as I have nine months to make one hour of TV I could do this forever”) to topical mockery (“Governor Jeb Bush was the governor of Florida for eight years and you would think that that much exposure to oranges and crazy people would have prepared him for Donald Trump”).

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