At 51 years old, Colbert is older than the two Jimmys and the last to arrive. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File
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A new era in U.S. talk show comedy begins Tuesday when Stephen Colbert officially steps into the shoes of television legend David Letterman to helm "The Late Show".U.S. networks face increasing competition, audience figures are down, young people watch less and less television and the success of Colbert's rival hosts at NBC and ABC has been fueled by clever video clips that go viral on the Internet.Colbert comes to CBS from Comedy Central, a cable network which was popularized by Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" – also good at nurturing an online profile – and adult animated comedy "South Park".Some would have preferred to see the job go to someone like Stewart, who left "The Daily Show" last month.Colbert has already shown on Comedy Central that underneath his Catholic family persona, he is one of the most biting comics on American television.
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