May. 13th, 1964
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
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Stephen Colbert (born May 13, 1964), and 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 (1995) for Comedy Central. During its two-season run in the mid-1990s, it garnered five CableACE nominations for best writing, performing, and comedy series. After the demise of Exit 57 (1995) from 1997 (until his departure in October 2005), Stephen was a correspondent on The Daily Show (1996), then hosted by 'Craig Kilborn'. Initially billed as "The New Guy," Colbert became the show's longest-running correspondent before getting his own show, The Colbert Report (2005), which has done well in its slot following The Daily Show (1996).
At the time he left The Daily Show (1996), Colbert had been its longest-running and most diverse correspondent. In addition to his role as Senior Political Correspondent, he was one of the hosts of "Even Stepheven", a point-counterpoint assault featuring co-correspondent 'Steve Carell', and the host of This Week in God, a recurring segment in which he reported on all things theological with the assistance of the "God Machine".
Colbert helped The Daily Show (1996) win numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards and contributed to "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction" (Warner Books) which immediately topped the New York Times bestseller list and stayed there for 15 consecutive weeks.
His personality, intelligence, and leftist political satire could only have led him to The Colbert Report (2005), a half-hour nightly platform for him to give his tongue-in-cheek take on the issues of the day, and more importantly, to tell you why he thinks everyone else's take is just plain wrong.
His other notable credits include serving as both writer and cast member on The Dana Carvey Show (1996), writing for Saturday Night Live (1975), and providing the voice of Ace in Robert Smigel's Ambiguously Gay Duo, which originated on The Dana Carvey Show (1996) and was a semiregular feature in Smigel's TV Funhouse segment on SNL. He was also featured on "Mr. Goodwrench" commercials (2003-2005).
Colbert lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and three children.
- Began a career in comedy by joining the Second City improv group in Chicago.
- As a result of an operation he had when he was young, he can fold his right ear inside out and can pop it out when he squints his eye.
- Has three children: Madeline, Peter, and John.
- Is deaf in his right ear.
- "Truthiness," a word he coined, was declared the Word of the Year 2005 by the American Dialect Society.
- Wrote the book Wigfield with _"Strangers with Candy" (1999)_ (qv) costars 'Amy Sedaris' (qv) and 'Paul Dinello' (qv).
- In January 2008, Colbert began a campaign on his show to have a portrait of his character hung in the "Treasures of American History" exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (pieces shown in that exhibit included a top hat worn by Abraham Lincoln, an original light bulb made by Thomas Edison, a Greensboro, North Carolina, lunch counter that was the scene of a seminal civil rights sit-in, Lewis and Clark's compass, and Kermit the Frog). When the National Museum of American History refused the portrait, Colbert next offered it to the National Portrait Gallery (also a Smithsonian museum), which accepted it on a temporary basis and hung it between the bathrooms adjacent to the Hall of Presidents. After the portrait's term at the National Portrait Gallery was up, the National Museum of American History did agree to hang the portrait - next to a Dumbo car from the original Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride at Disneyland.
- Received an honorary doctorate in fine arts by Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, in 2006.