“When [Stephen Colbert] graduated from his friend Jon Stewart’s show to his own, I was among the skeptics. I said he’d soon realize you can’t keep up this schizophrenic act of being a real person working behind the mask of an invented person—a character role—sorting out, moment by moment, your attitude from ‘his’ and thinking what Stephen would say versus what ‘Stephen’ would say. (Have I lost anyone?) Too many psychological balls in the air. I gave it three months. I also give stock-market advice.”
— All-time great Dick Cavett in a 400-word ode to fellow talk show host Stephen Colbert in Vanity Fair.