Yes, fans of Colbert “in character” will miss his show, but the
truth is that the format, despite being an excellent vehicle that
launched Colbert to stardom, was far too limiting for Colbert’s
talent. He’s absolutely going to blossom with this new freedom.
From his time on Strangers With Candy to The Daily Show and
The Colbert Report, he’s shown his comedic talent in various
forms with an improve performer’s fluidity. Those are traits that
will make him instantly watchable doing his own taped (and live)
skits on The Late Show, plus they will serve him well behind the
desk doing interviews.