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Stephen Colbert
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Colbert in December 2017
Birth name Stephen Tyrone Colbert
Born May 13, 1964 (1964-05-13) (age 56)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Medium Theatre, television, movies, books
Nationality American
Years active 1984–present
Genres Sketch comedy, news satire, improvisational comedy, character comedy, political satire, observational comedy, blue comedy
Subject(s) American culture, American politics, American conservatism, The Christian Right, political punditry, popular culture, current events, mass media/news media, egomania, xenophobia, anti-intellectualism
Influences Don Novello, Maurice Sendak, Bill Cosby, George Carlin, Dean Martin, Jon Stewart, Steve Martin Bill O'Reilly
Influenced Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Aasif Mandvi
Spouse Evelyn McGee-Colbert (3 children)
Notable works and roles Host of
The Late Show
Chuck Noblet in
Strangers with Candy
Stephen Colbert in
The Daily Show and
The Colbert Report
Writer,
I Am America (And So Can You!)
Co-writer,
America (The Book)
Phil Ken Sebben and Myron Reducto in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Professor Richard Impossible in The Venture Bros.
Signature Stephen Colbert Signature.svg
Emmy Awards

Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program
2004, 2005, 2006 The Daily Show
2008 The Colbert Report
2010 The Colbert Report
2013 "The Colbert Report"

Outstanding Variety Series
2013 "The Colbert Report"
Grammy Awards
Best Comedy Album
2010 A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!

Stephen Tyrone Colbert (pronounced col-BEAR) (born May 13, 1964) is an American actor, comedian, and author. He is the current host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He was the host of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central from 2005 through 2014. Colbert has used a special form of comedy called satire to make fun of politicians and the news media.

Early life

Colbert was born in Washington, D.C.. He grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the youngest of eleven children in a Catholic family, and went to Northwestern University.

Career

The Colbert Report

On The Colbert Report (which he pronounces "col-BEAR re-POAR" to make the words sound the same), he pretends to be a right-wing talk show host. He likes to ask his guests very embarrassing questions that make it seem that he is a serious far right-wing conservative who is also not very smart. His TV personality centers on the idea that if enough people believe something, it will be true. This is largely based on conservative host Bill O'Reilly. He was granted a Super PAC for the South Carolina Republican Party primaries in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

Many famous American politicians and people in the news media agree to appear on his show because it is very popular. Colbert started as a comedy writer and performer for many other programs, such as The Daily Show and the Strangers with Candy movie, both also on Comedy Central.

The Late Show

On April 10, 2014, CBS announced in a press release that Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of The Late Show, effective when Mr. Letterman retires from the broadcast." On January 12, 2015, CBS announced that Colbert would premiere as the Late Show host on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

Other works

He has also voiced Phil Ken Sebben and Reducto in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. Colbert has written three books. I Am America (And So Can You!) was No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Personal life

Colbert married his wife in 1993. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Legacy

He has made a word, 'truthiness'. At least four species have been given scientific names honoring Colbert.


Preceded by
David Letterman
Host of The Late Show
2015-present
Succeeded by
none


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