Stephen Colbert visits Letterman back in ’05

Stephen Colbert, America’s favorite political pundit, will take over for Letterman next year. After the announcement, Colbert excused himself to go prepare and said, “I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

Here’s a ’05 video of Colbert appearing on Letterman before Colbert Report premiered, talking about his family and growing up in South Carolina. He talks about all his hopes and dreams:

Here’s the time Colbert crashed Letterman’s monologue in 2011:

And more recently, check out Colbert as a pudding beggar: