There's no question that Stephen Colbert is qualified to succeed David Letterman as host of "Late Show." The big question has been whether abandoning the format of "The Colbert Report," as well as the character of "Stephen Colbert," would take away too much of what made Colbert such a special part of the late night galaxy, and turn him into just another guy interviewing celebrities.

Well, this video, in which he preps for the September launch of his "Late Show" by shaving the beard he's grown during his break, is very promising in the way that it captures the lunacy of "Stephen Colbert" even as he's clearly acting without the quotation marks. Enjoy.

Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "TV (The Book)" about the 100 greatest shows of all time, is available now. He can be reached at