2colbert.jpgThousands of Wildcats around the country tuned in Sept. 8 for the debut of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."


Check out the Northwestern Alumni Association's full coverage of the broadcast and the on-campus watch party (photo at right) on Periscope [@NUAlumni], Twitter [@NUAlumni], and Instagram [NorthwesternAlumni]. Also check out the NAA's official #WildforColbert Storify.


Staff, students, alumni, and Wildcat friends and family also joined in on the social media celebration. Find out more:


More about Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" Debut

At Northwestern, Colbert performed weekly with a Northwestern improv team called No Fun Mud Piranhas, which included Northwestern alumnus David Schwimmer, later of “Friends” fame.


The big question answered in the show's debut: Who is the real Stephen Colbert now that he's retired the ultra-conservative blowhard alter ego that the world came to know and love on “The Colbert Report?"


Jon Stewart, the former “Daily Show” host and executive producer of “The Colbert Report,” seemed to know the answer.


“What made that character work was the thing that Stephen had to hide, which is his humanity,” Stewart said in The New York Times Sunday. “Instead of throwing off the cape and revealing the monster, he reveals, actually — oh, this incredibly lovely, talented man.”


In a column titled “Top 10 burning questions for Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’,” Steve Johnson, arts and entertainment columnist for the Chicago Tribune, too, joined in the speculation prior to the Late Show debut.


Read more about Northwestern's Stephen Colbert watch party Tuesday, Sept. 8.


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