Strangers With Candy (2006)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Strangers With Candy (2006)
The Great New Wonderful (2006)
Date of Birth
13 May 1964, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Stephen Tyrone Colbert
5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Stephen Colbert (pronounced "col-BEAR") was born on May 13, 1964, and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina.
He studied acting at Northwestern and performed with the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago before teaming up with fellow cast members Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello to create the sketch comedy "Exit 57" (1995) for Comedy Central. During its two-season run in the mid-1990s, it garnered five CableACE nominations for best writing, performing, and comedy series. After the demise of "Exit 57" (1995) from 1997 (until his departure in October 2005), Stephen was a correspondent on "The Daily Show" (1996), then hosted by Craig Kilborn. Initially billed as "The New Guy," Stephen became the show's longest-running correspondent before getting his own show, "The Colbert Report" (2005), which has done well in its slot following "The Daily Show" (1996).
At the time he left "The Daily Show" (1996), Stephen had been its longest-running and most diverse correspondent. In addition to his role as Senior Political Correspondent, he was one of the hosts of "Even Stepheven," a point-counterpoint assault featuring co-correspondent Steve Carell, and the host of "This Week in God," a recurring segment in which he reported on all things theological with the assistance of the "God Machine."
Stephen helped "The Daily Show" (1996) win numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and contributed to "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction" (Warner Books) which immediately topped the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 15 consecutive weeks.
His personality, intelligence, and leftist political satire could only have led him to "The Colbert Report" (2005), a half-hour nightly platform for him to give his tongue-in-cheek take on the issues of the day, and more importantly, to tell you why he thinks everyone else's take is just plain wrong.
His other notable credits include serving as both writer and cast member on "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996), writing for "Saturday Night Live" (1975), and providing the voice of Ace in Robert Smigel's "Ambiguously Gay Duo," which originated on "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996) and was a semiregular feature in Smigel's "TV Funhouse" segment on SNL. He was also featured on "Mr. Goodwrench" commercials (2003-2005).
Stephen lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and three children.
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An alumnus of the Second City and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Graduated from Northwestern University in 1986.
Provided the voice of Ace for "Saturday Night Live" (1975)'s "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" segments. The voice of Gary is provided by fellow "The Daily Show" (1996) correspondent Steve Carell.
Is deaf in his right ear.
The youngest of eleven children.
Is a huge Lord of the Rings fan and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the series. Specifically recorded an entire biography of LOTR character Aragorn from memory when Viggo Mortensen appeared on "The Daily Show" (1996). Mortensen kindly sent Colbert a platter full of LOTR characters carved out of chocolate.
Most of the shows he has been a part of are on Comedy Central. These shows are "Exit 57" (1995), "The Daily Show" (1996), "Strangers with Candy" (1999), and "The Colbert Report" (2005).
Was included in the Peabody Award given to Indecision 2000: Election Night - Choose and Lose (2000) (TV) and Indecision 2002: Election Night (2002) (TV) for "offering biting political satire, these scintillating segments had something droll and amusing to say about almost everything and everyone associated with American politics and the presidential election.".
All of his three children have appeared on "The Daily Show" (1996).
His father and two of his brothers died in a plane crash when he was ten years old. On September 11, 1974, they were on an Eastern Airlines DC-9 that crashed in dense fog during its approach to Charlotte, N.C. Of the 82 people on board, 72 were killed. In its report, the NTSB concluded that "the probable cause of the accident was the flight crew's lack of altitude awareness at critical points during the approach due to poor cockpit discipline in that the crew did not follow prescribed procedures.".
He was briefly a correspondent on "Good Morning America" (1975).
Wrote the book Wigfield with "Strangers with Candy" (1999) costars Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello.
Occasionally replaced Jon Stewart as anchor of "The Daily Show" (1996) while Jon was occupied with other things.
Began a career in comedy by joining the Second City improv group in Chicago.
Voiced several characters on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers" (2002).
Lent his voice to some attack ads that were used for the The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) (TV), hosted by Jon Stewart.
"Truthiness," a word he coined, was declared the Word of the Year 2005 by the American Dialect Society.
His show, "The Colbert Report" (2005), averages 1.2 million viewers.
Has stated that not all of his family members say "Colbert" the way he does. Some pronounce the "T" at the end.
Has three children: Madeline, Peter, and John.
Is currently in the process of putting together news pieces about every district in the United States.
Teaches Sunday School every weekend at his church and teaches his own specific story of salvation and has the children learn spiritual songs.
As a result of the plane crash that killed his father and two of his brothers, the Federal Aviation Administration established the "sterile cockpit" rule, which prohibits flight crews from engaging in any conversation or activities apart from their flying duties while the aircraft is below 10,000 feet.
As a result of an operation he had when he was young, he can fold his right ear inside out and can pop it out when he squints his eye.
Received an honorary doctorate in fine arts by Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, in 2006.
Good friends with fellow former "The Daily Show" (1996) correspondent Steve Carell
Is of Irish descent.
His siblings from oldest to youngest are: Jimmy, Eddie, Mary, Billy, Margo, Tommy, Jay, Lulu, Paul, and Peter. Stephen is the youngest of the eleven.
Stephen often sings and dances in television performances. He has said in interviews that he studied voice and ballet in college.
In January 2008, Colbert began a campaign on his show to have a portrait of his character hung in the "Treasures of American History" exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (pieces shown in that exhibit included a top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln, an original light bulb made by Thomas Edison, a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter that was the scene of a seminal civil rights sit-in, Lewis and Clark's compass, and Kermit the Frog). When the National Museum of American History refused the portrait, Colbert next offered it to the National Portrait Gallery (also a Smithsonian museum), which accepted it on a temporary basis and hung it between the bathrooms adjacent to the Hall of Presidents. After the portrait's term at the National Portrait Gallery was up, the National Museum of American History did agree to hang the portrait - next to a Dumbo car from the original Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland.
[on what he would like to ask former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean] The media tries to portray you as an angry candidate. Doesn't that piss you off?
[to Howard Kurtz on "CNN Reliable Sources," January 25, 2004] We have no desire to make anybody look like a blithering idiot, but we do love it when they do. Because we get it off the AP feed, and then we don't have to write anything for the next five minutes. We can just roll the tape.
[Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City, UT), January 23, 2004] Since there's not more news than there used to be, but there's way more time, and more channels doing it all the time, so that analysis has become much more than news . . . They really have to fill and they go, "(Expletive), we'll just have analysis for the next three hours," because there's no more new on the story. And then . . . the first person with a semi-cogent thought, they go, "(Expletive), I'll say that, too." And then that analysis becomes accepted dogma because analysis is the bulk of what you're getting. You're not really getting any more news.
[The Union Leader (Manchester NH, January 25, 2004, when asked why people should watch "The Daily Show" (1996)] You shouldn't listen to us at all if you're looking for information. We don't take ourselves seriously on any level; we're just comedians . . . I'm a huge news junkie. I love what the news does. And we're a shadow, a reflection, of what's happening in the real news.
[on his mock "crusade" against the Associated Press regarding his claim that coined the word "truthiness"] It's a sin of omission, is what it is. You're not giving people the whole story about truthiness. It's like Shakespeare still being alive and not asking him what "Hamlet" is about.
The fact that they looked it up in a book just shows that they don't get the idea of truthiness at all. You don't look up truthiness in a book, you look it up in your gut.
[about the Washington press corps] But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The President makes decisions, he's the decider. The Press Secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Put them through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know, fiction.
[on his creativity] I wrote things for the school's newspaper, and - like all teenagers - I dabbled in poetry.
[on writing] I used to write things for friends. There was this girl I had a crush on, and she had a teacher she didn't like at school. I had a real crush on her, so almost every day I would write her a little short story where she would kill him in a different way.
[stating that the best moment in the 2004 campaign for Democratic presidential nominee was Howard Dean's post-Iowa speech] "Because clearly everybody was captivated by it. I think that's an argument why he should be President, because he can capture everyone's attention. Listen, George W. Bush was a cheerleader. I'm sure he screamed like that when he was at Yale, and I don't see why that disqualifies someone from being President. But George Bush did it in a human pyramid.
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