Stephen Colbert

American comedian and writer

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.[11] Colbert has used a special form of comedy called satire to make fun of politicians and the news media.

Stephen Colbert
Colbert in June 2023
Birth nameStephen Tyrone Colbert[1]
Born (1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 60)[2]
Washington, D.C., U.S.
MediumTheatre, television, movies, books
Years active1984–present
GenresSketch 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, sexuality
InfluencesDon Novello, Maurice Sendak, Bill Cosby,[3] George Carlin,[4] Dean Martin,[5] Jon Stewart,[6] Steve Martin[7] Bill O'Reilly[8]
InfluencedRob Corddry,[9] Ed Helms,[9] Aasif Mandvi[10]
SpouseEvelyn McGee-Colbert (3 children)
Notable works and rolesHost of
The Late Show
Chuck Noblet in
Strangers with Candy
Stephen Colbert in
The Daily Show and
The Colbert Report
I Am America (And So Can You!)
America (The Book)
Phil Ken Sebben and Myron Reducto in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
Professor Richard Impossible in The Venture Bros.
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!

Early life change

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,[12] and went to Northwestern University.

Career change

The Colbert Report change

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.[13]

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 change

On April 10, 2014, CBS announced in a press release[14] 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.[15]

Other works change

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 change

Colbert married his wife in 1993. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife and three children.[16]

Legacy change

He has made a word, 'truthiness'.[17] At least four species have been given scientific names honoring Colbert.[18][19]

References change

  1. Daly, Steven (May 18, 2008). "Stephen Colbert: the second most powerful idiot in America". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly. No. 1207. Time Inc. May 18, 2012. p. 29.
  3. Sternbergh, Adam (October 16, 2006). "Stephen Colbert Has America by the Ballots". New York. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  4. Rabin, Nathan (2006-01-25). "Stephen Colbert". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Archived from the original on 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  5. Rabin, Nathan (January 25, 2006). "Stephen Colbert interview". The A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  6. Dowd, Maureen (November 16, 2006). "America's Anchors". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 9, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  7. King, Larry. "Interview with Stephen Colbert". Larry King Live. October 11, 2007.
  8. Steinberg, Jacques (October 12, 2005). The News Is Funny, as a Correspondent Gets His Own Show. The New York Times. Retrieved on July 13, 2006.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Corddry, Rob. Interview with Terry Gross (March 8, 2007). Rob and Nate Corddry Find Their Place on TV. Fresh Air. WHYY. Retrieved on October 28, 2007.
  10. Deggans, Eric (June 1, 2008). "For Aasif Mandvi, cultural irreverence on 'The Daily Show'". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  11. The Colbert Report (TV Series 2005–2014) - IMDb, retrieved 2022-03-29
  12. Solomon, Deborah (25 September 2005). "Funny About the News". The New York Times.
  13. Shear, Michael (June 30, 2011). "Colbert Gets Permission to Form Super-PAC". The New York Times.
  14. "CBS Announces Stephen Colbert as The Next Host Of The 'Late Show'" (Press release). April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  15. Collins, Scott (January 12, 2015). "Late Show With Stephen Colbert' will premiere Sept. 8, CBS says". Los Angeles Times.
  16. Milanese, Marisa (11 June 2015). "Celebrity Parents: Stephen Colbert". Parents. Archived from the original on 5 June 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  17. "Language Log: Truthiness or trustiness?".
  18. Bond, Jason. "How to Name a Species – Taxonomy and Why it is Important". East Carolina University. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2008.
  19. Bond, Jason E.; Stockman, Amy K. (2008-08-01). "An Integrative Method for Delimiting Cohesion Species: Finding the Population-Species Interface in a Group of Californian Trapdoor Spiders with Extreme Genetic Divergence and Geographic Structuring". Systematic Biology. 57 (4): 628–646. doi:10.1080/10635150802302443. ISSN 1076-836X. PMID 18686196.

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Preceded by
David Letterman
Host of The Late Show
Succeeded by