Birthday: May 13, 1964
Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males
Sun Sign: Taurus
Also Known As: Stephen Tyrone Colbert
Born in: Washington, D.C., United States
Famous as: American comedian
Quotes By Stephen Colbert
Height: 5'11" (180 cm), 5'11" Males
Spouse/Ex-: Evelyn McGee-Colbert
father: James William Colbert Jr.
mother: Lorna Colbert
siblings: Edward Colbert, Elizabeth Colbert, James Colbert, Jay Colbert, Margo Colbert, Mary Colbert, Paul Colbert, Peter Colbert, Thomas Colbert, William Colbert
children: John Colbert, Madeleine Colbert, Peter Colbert
education: Northwestern University, Porter-Gaud School, Hampden-Sydney College
Who is Stephen Colbert?
Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host and actor. He wanted to be an actor, studied theatre and specialized in improvisational theatre. But, his stint at Second City changed the direction of his career. He developed a good rapport with Paul Dinello and Amy Sedari with whom he worked closely on many occasions. He became famous with the ‘Dana Carvey’ Show and ‘Strangers with Candy’. ‘The Daily Show’ made him a household name and soon he had his own parody show, ‘The Colbert Report’. He teases and satirizes the poorly informed, high status idiot, playing a fictional anchorman named after him. One of the criticisms that the show and Colbert has been receiving is that the audience tuned in to his program for their news and are therefore becoming cynical and biased. That people prefer to watch his program rather than a regular news program is a testimony of his popularity and acceptance. His show has been successful in being both informative and entertaining at the same time. Recipient of many awards, he continues “to expose the rhetorical shortcomings of contemporary discourse”. Scroll down and know all about the career, personal life, profile of this famous personality.
Childhood & Early Life
Stephen Colbert was born in Washington D.C. to Lorna and James William Colbert, Jr. He was the youngest of the eleven siblings, James, Edward, Mary, William, Margo, Thomas, Jay, Elizabeth, Paul, Peter, and Stephen.
Lorna was a homemaker while James was a doctor and medical school dean at Yale University, and later Washington University and the vice president for academic affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina.
In 1974, when he was 10, his father and two brothers were killed in an air crash. His mother relocated the family to Charleston, where he attended the Episcopal Porter –Gaud School.
He joined the Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia to study philosophy but found the curriculum tough. He transferred to Northwestern University to major in theatre and graduated with a degree in 1986.
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Offered work at Second City’ box office, he joined their free improvisation classes, was hired to perform with their touring company in 1988 and became close friends with comedians Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello
He left Second City in 1995, and shifted to New York to work with Sedaris and Dinello to create, ‘Exit 57’, a television comedy show. The series though favorably reviewed, lasted only 12 episodes.
He worked as a cast member and writer on ‘The Dana Carvey Show’, in 1996, along with Steve Carell, Robert Smigel, and Dino Stamatopoulos, but the series was cancelled as the satire was distasteful.
Working for ‘Good Morning America’, only one of his humorous correspondent segments was aired but he got hired by Madeline Smithberg, the producer of The Daily Show on a trial basis in 1997.
He, along with Sedaris and Dinello worked on a new comedy serial, Strangers with Candy, for Comedy Central. Characterized as a cult show, its 32 episodes were aired between 1999 and 2000.
With Sedaris and Dinero, he wrote a satirical novel, Wigfield: The Can Do Town That Just May Not, in 2003, about a small town threatened by impending destruction of a dam.
At the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006 as the featured entertainer, his satire targeted President Bush and the media. He shocked the audience to silence, but became an internet and media sensation.
In 2007, he sought a Democratic ticket from South Carolina, but his application was refused on the grounds that he was not a serious candidate and so he dropped out of the race.
In 2009, he visited Baghdad to film a show, Operation Iraqi Stephen: Going Commando. He had his hair cropped in a military style to show his solidarity with the troops.
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He released a book, I Am America (And So Can You!), in 2007 which contains political satire written primarily by him, the role of his writing staff in it being minimal.
Colbert joined Comedy Central’s parody news series, The Daily Show, in 1997. It tries to expose the ignorance of well-intentioned news anchors and celebrities, and has 1.45 to 1.6 million viewers nightly.
Since 2005, he has hosted his own television show, The Colbert Report, parodies TV news broadcasting. It enjoys favorable reviews, with 65/100 on Metacritic, its viewers ranking on the site is 8.7/10.
Awards & Achievements
The Daily Show has won Colbert many Primetime Emmy Awards. These include: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program which were shared by his writing team.
He won a Grammy for A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, in the Best Comedy Album category in 2010, which he shared with the sound engineering team and the producers.
The Colbert Report has won for Stephen Colbert and his team the Primetime Emmy Awards between 2005 and 2013, in the Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program, and Outstanding Variety Series categories.
Between 2004 and 2013, he was nominated for the PGA Awards, the Satellite Awards, The Television Critics Awards, and Writers Guild of America for his contribution to The Colbert Report and won a few.
Personal Life & Legacy
Colbert is married to Evelyn McGee- Colbert, the daughter of prominent Charleston Civil litigator, Joseph McGee. They have three children-Madeleine, Peter and John. And live in Montclair New Jersey.
He describes himself as a Democrat, is a practicing Roman Catholic and a Sunday school teacher and has the honor of having a treadmill used in space named after him by the NASA.
Popularized "truthiness" after making it the Word of the Day on the debut episode of his mock news program; the American Dialect Society named it the Word of the Year in 2005.
On his mock comedy news television program he said, “Fake news executives are nicer than real news executives, though real news executives are funnier than fake news executives. They don't know they're being funny”.