Stephen Colbert hasn’t been on TV in nearly six months, and he’s spent all that time off growing a majestic gray beard. He doesn’t take over The Late Show (just recently vacated by the great David Letterman) until September, but today he took the time to say hello to his fans, and announce that he will “redefine” his face to prepare for his late night debut on CBS, by shaving off said beard.

With that, Colbert broke out the trimmers, and gave us everything from “The Un-Hitler” to “The Half-Wolverine.” Watch him work above.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert premieres September 8 on CBS.