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Colbert Reveals What Letterman Taught Him
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Caption: >> jimmy: hi, we're back. stephen colbert, he's the host . of the emmys sunday night on . cbs. stephen. i think you were saying -- we . were just talking about our . theaters and kind of comparing . them. because it is interesting as a . talk show host to go to another . talk show and to see what they . have. >> yeah, everybody does it . differently. i was watching the monologue. and after the mono was over i . saw them roll out this black . carpet. is there going to be a tumbling . routine . you put this desk out here every. night. >> jimmy: yeah, we do. it's like we're living in a . mobile home. >> yeah. that's a pain in the ass. >> jimmy: your place is like a . cathedral, the most beautiful . theater i've ever seen. >> a national treasure, yeah. it's an honor, yeah. >> jimmy: when you took over for. dave, dave retired after 22 . years he was on the air --. >> 32. >> jimmy: in that theater, . though. yeah, 22 years. >> jimmy: did dave give you like. a -- . >> he was really nice. i was there about a week ask a . half before he went off the air. he'd already been very nice, . called and congratulated me when. i got the gig. can i see you and talk to you . while you're still behind the . chair, because i've got a couple. of questions. he said sure. i went over to his place, went . into his little outer office. and we had a couple of bottles . of water. and i was asking things like, . where do you hide from your . producers . he showed me a good place. you need to be able to get away . from your producers because they. want you to work, sometimes you . don't want to work. where do you put the time so you. know how to countdown for the . guests . mostly i said, would you please . teach me how to drive the . elevator . because nobody knows this but . the ed sullivan theater and the . ed sullivan office building . aren't connected, you have to go. to the basement and walk through. these weird tunnels and there's . only one elevator that goes down. there. it's an old 1927 brass handled . self-driving elevator. oh, sure, sure, you know how to . drive a stick . very similar. >> jimmy: there's no operator . >> no, just you. >> jimmy: it's just you. >> just you going down. and so he drove a little bit, . had me drive down. he goes, let me see you land it. i try to land it. and he goes, this is not up to . my standard. [ laughter ]. he showed me to you to land it . properly. we took it back up. he opened the door, showed me . how to open the door properly. it's got a catch you feel but . can't see. he looked around, had the door . open, he looked at me and goes, . "now it's waiting for you. ". like somebody handing you the . keys to an old car, really nice. >> jimmy: like willie wong ka, . "charlie and the chocolate . factory" in a way. very much so. >> jimmy: you're confident it . in, you're able to do it . >> hell yeah. i try it with my eyes closed. i count to 64 and that usually . .

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