Live 5 talks to Stephen Colbert ahead of new hosting gig

It's close to 750 miles from the Ed Sullivan Theater, to Willow Lake Road on James Island.

The former is the new studio of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and the latter is where its new host spent his childhood.

"I lived on a dirt road when I was a kid," Colbert said.  "There were dogs sleeping in the middle of the street, we had alligators in our back yard, there were a lot of snakes," he said, adding that he spent much of his time playing in the woods.

Perhaps that is why Colbert enjoys the outdoors most when he returns to visit the lowcountry.

"Get me out on any creek – I just like to get out on the water anytime I can" he said, adding that he prefers the waters off of Bull Island, Capers Island and Mark Bay.  "My idea of a great afternoon is to go up there fish and go swimming," he said.

Colbert, who has two siblings who still live in the area, said he last returned to Charleston in early August – one month before the September 8th debut of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

"People ask me if I'm anxious about doing the new show," he said.  "I've done a late night show [The Colbert Report] for 10 years and I'm anxious to get started.  I like to say, 'Please no more time in the simulator - please let me just fly the jet'."

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres on WCSC after Live 5 News at 11.

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