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Stephen Colbert        

Host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

Stephen Colbert was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, the youngest of 11 children. In 1974, when he was 10, Colbert experienced what was likely the defining event of his childhood when his father and two of his brothers were killed in a plane crash. Colbert found a way to express himself through acting, which he did in several school plays at Charleston's Episcopal Porter-Gaud School. He later enrolled at Hampden-Sydney College of Virginia with the intention of becoming a philosophy major, but it wasn’t long before he reconsidered and transferred to Northwestern University, enrolling as a theater major.

After graduating from Northwestern in 1986, Colbert moved to Chicago and took a job in the offices of the Second City comedy troupe. Two years later, after taking improv classes there, he was asked to join the traveling group. He accepted the offer and spent the next two years on the road. At Second City, he met comedians Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, and together they created and starred in two TV series: the sketch show "Exit 57" (1995–1996) and the spoof of after-school specials "Strangers with Candy" (1999–2000). In 1997, just before "Strangers" got picked up by Comedy Central, Colbert began appearing in episodes of "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart as a conservative correspondent, in the guise of a humorless but hilarious persona he had perfected.

In the fall of 2005, "The Colbert Report" began airing on Comedy Central, featuring Colbert as a starchy, blustery right-wing host — a parody of pundits who dominated the talk show airwaves. The show was instantly one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated shows, bringing in over a million viewers per episode in its first week. Six months after "The Colbert Report" debuted Colbert appeared as the featured speaker at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. With President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush just a few feet away, Colbert proceeded to give an off-color tirade that left the audience silent and had the critics divided—some praised him and others said he had crossed the line into disrespect. The controversy only ignited his popularity, though, and "The Colbert Report" has been a Comedy Central powerhouse, winning several Emmys, including 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Variety Series. Offscreen, Colbert published "I Am America (and So Can You!)" in 2007 and contributed to 2004’s "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction."

On December 18, 2014, Colbert appeared in his final episode of "The Colbert Report." His featured guest for the program was his friend "Grimmy," also known as the grim reaper. In April 2014, after David Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015, Colbert was selected to replace him. In 2018, Colbert opened up to Rolling Stone about his battles with anxiety. He said he used to take medication, until realizing during his time with Second City that the symptoms went away while he was performing.


Bernie Sanders shows up as Colbert's mystery guest
Stephen Colbert featured a mystery guest on CBS' "The Late Show" Thursday: Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Bernie Sanders shows up as Colbert's mystery guest
Stephen Colbert featured a mystery guest on CBS' "The Late Show" Thursday: Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Colbert Talks Class Warfare & Health Care With Bernie Sanders
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert turned into "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Featuring Bernie Sanders, Also Starring Bernie Sandwiches" last night, with the socialist-leaning presidential hopeful popping up all over the show. First, the self-proclaimed "electrifying" candidate crashed the monologue, telling Colbert it's time to rethink the whole concept of the monologue: “You’ve got to follow your own heart, go your own way, the revolution is possible, you are the revolution."
Stephen Colbert Announces Donald Trump Skewering Campaign
Stephen Colbert celebrated Donald Trump’s decision to end decades of torturing late night comics and actually run for POTUS, launching his own campaign, Shut Up Dummy.
Stephen Colbert shares a critical lesson about success in his Wake Forest commencement speech
In his commencement speech at Wake Forest University this morning, comedian Stephen Colbert offered the class of 2015 one key piece of advice: Whatever else you do, develop your own set of standards.
Stephen Colbert to Make 'Hobbit' Cameo
Stephen Colbert will make a cameo in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy, a knowledgeable source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter. The host of Comedy  ...
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New York Comedy Festival: Stephen Colbert Joins Lineup | Variety
The 2013 New York Comedy Festival has roped in recent Emmy winners Stephen Colbert and the writing staff of his TV skein, “The Colbert Report,” for a panel ...
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Emmys 2013: 'The Colbert Report' wins for variety series and writing in a variety series.
Stephen Colbert headlines NYC charity dinner - Yahoo News
From Yahoo News: NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Henry Kissinger and even the pope have taken a roasting from Stephen Colbert at ...
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