Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert

Born

4/20/1964, Charleston, South Carolina

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Stephen Colbert 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" for Comedy Central, which lasted for…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2014, Stephen won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Series in his work on Outstanding Variety Series in his work on The Colbert Report.

    • In 2010, Stephen won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Series in his work on The Colbert Report: 5076.

    • In 2013, Stephen won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Series in his work on The Colbert Report.

    • In 2008, Stephen won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in his work on The Colbert Report.

    • In 2004-2006, Stephan won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program in his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

    • In 2012, Stephen was ranked #69 on Maxim's Hot 100 list, thanks to the write in ballot.

    • Stephen Colbert announced on his show on October 16th, 2007, that he would be running for President in the 2008 election primary in South Carolina. However, Colbert was deemed by the South Carolina Democratic Party ineligible to be on the state's ticket in the 2008 US Presidential Election due to not having national viability. Colbert not being on the ticket in South Carolina ended his bid for the White House.

    • The names of Steven Colbert's siblings are as follows: Jimmy, Eddie, Mary, Billy, Morgan, Tommy, Jay, Lou, Paul, and Peter. He is the youngest of the 11.

    • While on The Daily Show, Stephen Colbert contributed to Indecision 2000 and Indecision 2004 and won two Peabody Awards for that. He won his third Peabody, on April 2, 2008, for his work on The Colbert Report.

    • Stephen Colbert has a long list of things named after him. In August of 2007, Virgin America dubbed an airplane Air Colbert. The "Ben and Jerry's" ice cream company named the ice cream Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream after Stephen Colbert. The San Francisco Zoo named a baby bald eagle after Colbert. Stephen even has a day named after him. March 20, 2007 was declared Stephen Colbert day in Oshawa because of a lost bet with Colbert. This was made after the Saginaw Spirit beat out the Oshawa Generals for a win in the Ontario Hockey Junior League.

    • During a dry run for The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert injured his left wrist in June of 2007. Colbert used this to create a "WristStrong" campaign. While it was against wrist violence, the money made from selling these "WristStrong" bracelets and the cast on ebay, a whopping $17,200, went to the Yellow Ribbon fund.

    • Stephen Colbert contributed to Jon Stewart's America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy which was published in 2004. He also co-wrote the book Wigfield with "Strangers with Candy" co-stars Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. Later, Stephen Colbert published I Am America (And So Can You!) on October 9, 2007. Because of the popularity of this work, he is now a New York Times Bestselling author. His comic book character Tek Jensen will be getting his own five-issue comic book mini series from Oni comics starting in March 2007. Also, in the comic book "Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #15," Stephen Colbert is drawn into the comic in a cameo. In the comic, he even used his catchphrase, "And that's the word."

    • On June 3, 2006, Stephen Colbert gave a commencement speech at Knox College. As is customary, he received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts and now, on The Colbert Report goes by "Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A." More recently, Stephen Colbert was also the Undergraduate Student Choice Speaker in the 21st Distinguished Speaker Series at SUNY University at Buffalo on April 4th, 2008.

    • Stephen Colbert was nominated for a Satellite Award for "Best Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical" for his work on The Colbert Report in 2005, 2006, and 2007, the latter giving him his first one. He was also nominated, in 2006 and 2007, for Television Critics Association Awards for his work on The Colbert Report under "Individual Achievement in a Comedy." He won a "Television Producer of the Year Award" in 2008 and shares it with longtime friend and collaborator Jon Stewart, Allison Silverman, Richard Dahm, and Meredith Bennett.

    • Stephen is deaf in his right ear due to a childhood tumor.

    • Stephen is a devout Catholic. He teaches Sunday school, teaches his children about the Church, and even served as his daughter's catechist.

    • Colbert was an avid player of fantasy Role Playing Games. As an adolescent, such as Dungeons and Dragons. He played non-stop from 1977 to 1981. His interest in sci-fi/fantasy extends to the Lord of the Rings. He recorded an entire biography of the character "Aragorn" when his portrayer Viggo Mortensen was on The Daily Show. Later, Mortensen sent Colbert a platter of LOTR characters made out of chocolate.

    • Colbert sometimes comically refers to his surname as French, but his family is actually of Irish descent.

    • Colbert has described his parents as devout people who also strongly valued intellectualism and taught their children that it was possible to question the Church and still be Catholic.

    • In addition to The Colbert Report, Stephen has worked on various projects, including improv with group Second City in Chicago, wacky segments on Good Morning America, the after-school special parody Strangers with Candy, starring friends Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, a turn as Stu Robinson in the 2005 big screen adaptation of Bewitched, and reporting on The Daily Show as a correspondent or as occasional anchor while Jon was had other engagements.

    • On April 29, 2006, Colbert hosted the 2006 White house Correspondents dinner and caused much controversy with his remarks. He satirically mocked the president, who was sitting a few feet away, and shocked members of the media with his candor. New York Times columnist Frank Rich later wrote that it was the "defining moment" of the US 2006 midterm elections.

    • On July 31, 2006, Stephen discussed the online encyclopedia "Wikipedia" during a show segment called "The Word." He coined the term "Wikiality," and challenged his fans to edit the "Elephant" page to say the elephant population had tripled in the last six months. Afterwards, numerous pages on the site were changed and vandalized. Administrators were forced to restrict edits on some articles. This was the first of several times Stephen has caused problems on Wikipedia, and the user name "StephenColbert" has been banned by the site.

    • He loves Richard Nixon. He has a 1972 Nixon campaign poster on the wall of his office. He is quoted as saying: "He was so liberal! Look at what he was running on. He started the EPA. He opened China. He gave 18-year-olds the vote. His issues were education, drugs, women, minorities, youth involvement, ending the draft, and improving the environment. John Kerry couldn't have run on this! What would I give for a Nixon?"

    • His favorite comic was once Bill Cosby. He was also influenced by the comedian Don Novello, best known as Father Guido Sarducci—but what Colbert loved best was the ultrapatriotic correspondence Novello wrote to various corporations under the pseudonym Lazlo Toth, published as The Lazlo Letters, each one concluding with the sign-off "Stand by our President."

    • As a kid, he was fascinated by the geographically indistinct accents of TV news anchors, and he purposefully dropped his southern twang, because he sensed that Southerners were stereotyped as being dumb.

    • When he was 10, his father and two of his older brothers were killed in a plane crash. Every night, he would listen to "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" before going to bed and it would make him cry.

    • "Truthiness," a word Stephen invented, was declared the Word of the Year 2005 by the American Dialect Society. In 2006, "Truthiness" was named Word of the Year by Merriam-Webster.

    • When Stephen appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on December 14, 2005, he performed what he called a "Stupid Human Trick." He tucked the outside of his right ear into his ear canal and blinked, forcing it to pop out.

    • Stephen provided the voice of Ace for Saturday Night Live's "Ambiguosly Gay Duo" cartoons. Ace's counterpart, Gary, was voiced by fellow Daily Show correspondent Steve Carell. Stephen has also voiced several characters on Comedy Central's Crank Yankers. Stephen also lent his voice to some satirical attack ads, which were used for the 2005 Academy Awards.

    • All of Stephen's three children have appeared on The Daily Show.

    • In one episode, he claimed to be Ted Hitler, Adolf's grandson. This is ironic because they were both born on April 20.

  • Quotes

    • Stephen: (while in character) I just think Rosa Parks was overrated. Last time I checked, she got famous for breaking the law.

    • Stephen: (while in character) I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Muslim, or Jewish. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.

    • Stephen: (while in character) There's nothing wrong with being gay. I have plenty of friends who are going to hell.

    • Stephen: (while in character) Isn't an agnostic just an atheist without balls?

    • Stephen Colbert: (on his character) It's hard. It is fun, because mostly it's getting laughs. The audience seems to be responding to it, so that's the fun part. But the character can be tough, because it's hard for me to maintain the level of self-assurance that someone like O'Reilly has all the time. He was so admirable in a way when he was on Letterman, because he really was kind of unflappable. He was bigger than any venue he's in. And that's a hard thing to achieve. I'd love to be able to believe that for short periods of time. I'm afraid if I did that completely well, I'd never be able to turn it off. How great would it be to feel that great about yourself?

    • Stephen Colbert: (Responding to a question about "truthiness") Truthiness is tearing apart our country, and I don't mean the argument over who came up with the word. I don't know whether it's a new thing, but it's certainly a current thing, in that it doesn't seem to matter what facts are. It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that's not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. It's certainty. People love the president because he's certain of his choices as a leader, even if the facts that back him up don't seem to exist. It's the fact that he's certain that is very appealing to a certain section of the country. I really feel a dichotomy in the American populace. What is important? What you want to be true, or what is true?

    • Stephen Colbert: I don't like books, they're all fact, no heart.

    • Stephen Colbert: In order to be a top-tier candidate, I need 7.5 million dollars, and I currently have 0.0 million dollars.

    • Stephen Colbert: (on judging whether a religious joke is appropriate) [I ask myself] "Does it disrespect the concept of their belief?" and if it does, then I really don't think I can do it. Because who am I to say that what they believe is wrong? But if they're doing things, using religion as a tool in some other behavior, y'know, hypocritical or destructive, then it's fair game.

    • Stephen Colbert: (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.

    • Stephen Colbert: (on The Daily Show) 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.

    • Stephen Colbert: (The following is a quote from the White House Correspondents dinner Stephen hosted as the character he plays in The Colbert Report.) Madame First Lady, Mr. President, my name is Stephen Colbert, and tonight it's my privilege to celebrate the president … I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a powerful message: that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound-with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world … He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened on Tuesday. Events can change; this man's beliefs never will.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great Guy!

    9.7
    When I first heard Stephen Colbert was splitting from Jon Stewart, I had low expectations of the show. From my experience, when a new show is created from the idea of an old one, it folds within the first few weeks because it is an exact replica of the old one, and people get bored quickly. But this show, and Colbert both suprised me. His attitude towards politics is completly the opposite of Stewart's, and his attack on the political media has a different approach as well. Overall, I am very pleased with this show as well as Colbert, it is funny till you cry, and it never dissapoints.moreless
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    10
    Stephen Colbert is a comedic genius of the highest order. His stint on the Daily Show had some of the best moments in the show's history. As great as he was on the Daily Show, the Colbert Report managed to be even funnier. His parody of right-wing television pundits such as Bill O'Reilly is one of the funniest things on TV today.

    His off-screen life is just as funny. The White House Correspondent's Dinner he hosted was genius. His short-lived run for President was a much-needed spoof of the insanity of our election system. His book, I Am America (and so can you) is the funniest thing I've read all year.moreless
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