The real Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert, CBS’ “Late Show” host-to-be, has announced that when he takes David Letterman’s place in 2015, he’s leaving his bombastic right-wing alter ego behind. We’ve compiled videos of Colbert outside of his “Colbert Report” persona, which could foreshadow his hosting style behind the “Late Show” desk.

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Second City's 50th anniversary show


Second City alums Stephen Colbert, right, and Steve Carell perform a skit at the improv troupe's 50th anniversary show. For more improv, see Colbert's guest appearance on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

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Kennedy Center Honors (Yo-Yo Ma tribute)


In 2011, Stephen Colbert put politics aside to help honor cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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Colbert interviews Neil DeGrasse Tyson


Colbert has grilled astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson about science several times on "The Colbert Report," but his interview with Tyson at Montclair Kimberley Academy shows that he's just as funny without satire.

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Oprah meets the "real" Stephen Colbert


Colbert sat down with Oprah in 2012 as his real self, opening up about his career, his personal life and the other Colbert.

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Colbert accepts an award at the IAVA Heroes Gala


The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America organization presented Colbert with a Civilian Service Award in 2011. Colbert dropped his egotistical pundit act for modesty.

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Colbert with the Yale Daily News


A quick-witted, rapid-fire Colbert joins Yale Daily News for the college paper's segment of "Everybody Has a Story."

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Written and produced by Andrea Wang.