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If anyone can put the edge back in late night, it’s him
Stephen Colbert is sitting at a conference table, poring over a dossier on the first and most mysterious celebrity who will appear on CBS’s Late Show when he takes over on Sept. 8—Stephen Colbert.
The research is part of a planned series of Late Show segments titled “Who Am Me?,” a takeoff on the question people have been asking since Colbert was named David Letterman’s successor last year, after playing conservative pundit “Stephen Colbert” for nearly a decade on The Colbert Report: Who is the real Stephen Colbert?
So he asked his staffers to find out. They sent a crew to his hometown, Charleston, S.C. , tracking down childhood friends to ask about his early years. (Another idea: having …