Stephen Colbert

Comedy Central

The news that Stephen Colbert is taking over as host of Late Night is pretty exciting, you guys.

The Comedy Central star will begin filming on the popular program after David Letterman retires in 2015.

But upon hearing the replacement decision, we immediately wondered if Stephen Colbert would be the star of the talk show or, well, Stephen Colbert.

See, if you're familiar with The Colbert Report, you know that the funnyman's slightly nuttier alter ego goes by the same name.

And while both versions of Colbert can get us laughing so hard we almost weep, let's take a look at some of the more candid moments where the 49-year-old is truly being himself. 

1. Chatting With the 'Man: Back in 2005 Colbert appeared on Late Show and opened up about what it was like to come from a family of 11 kids.

2. Sipping Tea With Oprah: Leave it to O to get him to open up and express his more vulnerable side. Colbert explained the differences between him and his character and revealed how his show came to be.

The two sat on Colbert's beautiful porch and enjoyed freshly brewed iced tea (not Oprah Chai!) while recalling on some of Colbert's defining career moments.

3. Opening Up With the Ladies on The View: Colbert did start off the interview with the women of the popular daytime show with jokes and jabs, but towards the end things took a more serious turn when his mother became the topic of conversation.

Colbert revealed some of the key lessons he learned from his upbringing, including how he dealt with a devastating family tragedy.

4. Meet the Real Colbert on Meet the Press: All throughout the interview, Colbert manages to switch in and out of character fairly seamlessly. It's a blink-and-you-miss-it performance—if we can even call it that.

5. White House Whimsy: Sure, the White House Correspondents' Dinner calls for good humor, but Colbert knew how to rein it in when necessary.

The funnyman's speech at the annual event was both witty and tactful—what more could you ask for?!

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