Stephen Colbert almost worked for David Letterman way back in 1987. He was offered an internship that he eventually turned down because it was unpaid.

"The next job I'm taking here, it pays right?" Colbert asked Letterman on Tuesday night, while a guest on "The Late Show," which he'll take over next year when Letterman retires. "Because I've already signed."

According to Entertainment Weekly, it was the first appearance on the show for the current host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" since Letterman announced his retirement.

"I'm going to do whatever you have done," Colbert told Letterman, who will retire after more than 30 years on late-night television. "It seems to have gone pretty well, Dave."

Colbert also brought a Top 10 list he submitted in 1997 as a writing sample when applying for a writing position on the show. When the show started running the standard video introduction and music for a top ten list, Letterman yelled at bandleader Paul Schaffer "He doesn't get that yet! What are you doing over there!? Don't let the door hit you in the ass ... ."

The pair also took a now-obligatory selfie. "Is this still what people do?" Letterman asked. "No, this is actually very retro now," Colbert replied.

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