Stephen Colbert appears on 'The Late Show with David Letterman'

Stephen Colbert and David Letterman pose for a selfie on

Stephen Colbert and David Letterman pose for a selfie on "The Late Show with David Letterman".

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 AM ET

“Is this still what people do?” David Letterman asked Stephen Colbert.

“No – this is actually very retro now,” Colbert said.

But then they took a “selfie” together anyway. On Colbert's phone. The only two hosts in the history of The Late Show.

On Tuesday Colbert made his first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, OMNI) since it was announced that he'll be taking over for Letterman some time in 2015.

Letterman joked that Colbert “just stopped by to sign the lease” at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. But Letterman also told Colbert in a welcoming way, “You look right at home.”

The truth was, Colbert looked just a little bit nervous on Tuesday. He has been on The Late Show on several occasions in the past, but this felt different, understandably. I'm sure Colbert wanted to display a good “report” – pun fully intended – with Letterman, while also making a good impression on the live studio audience.

Letterman, on the other hand, could not have looked more relaxed.

“I'm going to do whatever you have done,” Colbert told Letterman. “It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave.”

Letterman quipped back, “It's gone on.”

Of course, whenever Colbert has appeared on The Late Show, he essentially has competed against his other personality over on The Colbert Report, which airs simultaneously (on the Comedy Network in Canada and Comedy Central in the U.S.). And it's the “real” Colbert – the Colbert fans of his will have to get used to – who always talks to Dave. On The Colbert Report, Colbert mocks right-wing media personalities by pretending to be one of them.

Colbert intimated on Tuesday that he'll be doing The Colbert Report “till the end of the year.” Comically pushing Letterman for specifics, Colbert asked, “When are you leaving?” Letterman didn't clarify.

All told, while the Colbert appearance with Letterman on Tuesday wasn't really electric on either side, it was warm and amusing. I wish they'd talked a bit more about the show itself, but I imagine Colbert will be back for a more official passing of the torch at some point. This seemed to have been kind of the setup for the passing of the torch, if you know what I mean.

As Colbert's segment ended, Letterman smiled and bellowed, “It's the new kid!”

Not quite yet. But soon.

Bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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