Colbert makes his debut on CBS's Late Show Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. ET

By Grace Gavilanes
Updated September 08, 2015 04:20 PM
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Welcome back, Stephen Colbert!

After months with only sporadic glimpses the former fake newsman’s hilarious words of wisdom and laugh-out-loud interviews, Colbert is set to make his return to TV Tuesday night as the new host of The Late Show on CBS.

Between his longstanding career as a faux political commentator on The Colbert Report and the many other public appearances he’s made over the years, Colbert has gifted us with a long string of memorable sketches and clips. And if the following moments are any indication of what we can expect from Colbert’s debut, then, like the past 10 years, we can be assured we’ll be in really good hands.

1. The Man Is Brilliant at Setting Up a Joke – and Everyone Knows It

“Stephen’s a joy to work with,” Comedy Central President Michele Ganeless told PEOPLE last year. “He’s a creative genius and a gentleman and a scholar. Every interaction with him has been great.” Further proof? Check out his cross-over video with on-screen rival Jon Stewart.

2. We Can Listen to Him Recount Stories All Day

Seriously. We can’t stop watching Colbert’s promo videos for his Late Night takeover – five minutes of hilarity in which he explains what he’s been up to (his buzzed-about “Colbeard” landed him the cover of Homeless Sea Captain Monthly, the host joked) and recaps sweet moments shared between him and his beard. “I think my face and I are finally ready to do this,” Colbert teased.

3. It’s All About Him

Funny thing to say, given Colbert is best known for his ultra-conservative alter ego on The Colbert Report. But after a decade on the Comedy Central show, the comedian is actually going to make his TV debut as … himself. Another side of Colbert? We’re in.

4. He Doesn’t Take Himself Too Seriously

What can you expect after playing a character for more than a decade? There have been a couple of instances when Colbert has broken away from his alter ego, unable to carry on his lines a without laughing. And we loved him all the more for it.

5. He Knows How to Have a Really Good Time

Because let’s be honest: We’re in dire need of unexpected twists and turns – and impromptu dance-offs.

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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

premieres Tuesday at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.