Watch Stephen Colbert Read a 17-Year-Old Top Ten List on 'Letterman'
One of those was a 17-year-old Top 10 List that Colbert submitted to the show as a writing sample. He actually ended up getting the job, but had to turn it down because his show Strangers with Candy had been picked up.
But that wasn't Colbert's first experience with the Late Show. Colbert also applied (and was accepted) to be an intern in 1986. However he turned it down because of a lack of pay. But can you imagine if he had been? What a story that would make: Letterman intern rises to become host. It's a story that'd make Kenneth Parcell proud.