04/10/2014 05:02 pm ET | Updated Apr 10, 2014

Stephen Colbert Through The Years, From 'Second City' To 'Late Show' Appointment

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It’s official: Stephen Colbert will be replacing David Letterman on the “Late Show.

In honor of this accomplishment, let’s take a look back at some of the 49-year-old comedy legend’s career highlights -- from early commercial work to his current digs at “The Colbert Report.”

  • "Exit 57"
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    Back in the mid-90s you could catch Colbert on the sketch show "Exit 57." Though the show was short-lived, Colbert would again work with his "Exit 57" co-stars -- and fellow Second City Chicago teammates -- Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Mitch Rouse on the show "Strangers With Candy."
  • "Strangers With Candy"
    "Strangers With Candy" ran for three seasons on Comedy Central from 1999 through 2000. The show was adapted to a film in 2005 and was co-produced by Worldwide Pants, the production company of Colbert's "Late Show" predecessor, David Letterman.
  • "Even Stevphen"
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    What would a look back at Colbert's past be without taking a trip to his time at "The Daily Show." While he made his mark on the show in many ways (so much so he got his own show following Jon Stewart), we're partial to his work with Steve Carrell. Do you think people knew at the time that both of these guys would eventually be comedy legends?
  • Mr. Goodwrench
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    Before Stephen Colbert was deriding General Motors on "The Colbert Report," he was the face of their Mr. Goodwrench campaign.
  • "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
    Ten years ago Colbert appeared on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" as an argumentative husband. The result is the stuff of every "Curb" and Colbert fan's dreams. (WARNING: This video does contain some mild language.)
  • White House Correspondents' Dinner
    This one's a long one, but it's totally worth it. Is there anything better than watching Colbert roast George W. Bush to his face?
  • "The Colbert Report"
    Though we'll miss "The Colbert Report," we're pretty sure Stephen will be awesome as the host of the "Late Show."


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