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Watch: Stephen Colbert completely obliterates his beard in the name of the Late Show

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

Stephen Colbert has a found a way to entertain us as he prepares for his Late Show debut on September 8. After signing off from The Colbert Report in December, the late-night host grew a beard, a "Colbeard" that he allegedly found on the side of the road, and has decided to shave it off to appease the CBS television executives who now employ him.

Watching a man shave off his facial hair probably doesn't rank among many people's top 10 life pleasures. But the world is a weird place, and Stephen Colbert is trying out weird facial hair styles worn by Wolverine and the Amish. He also experiments with a monstrosity called "the not-Hitler." Come for Colbert looking creepy, stay for the strange Green Day cover and montage.

The question this promo leaves us with is: will Colbert maintain such an intimate, bizarre approach to late-night comedy once he officially takes over the Late Show this fall? Or is he merely trying to woo his internet-savvy fans to follow him to his new digs?

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