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.
- Good friends with fellow former _"The Daily Show" (1996)_ (qv) correspondent 'Steve Carell' (qv)
- Received an honorary doctorate in fine arts by Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, in 2006.
- His father and two of his brothers died in a plane crash when he was ten years old. On September 11, 1974, they were on an Eastern Airlines DC-9 that crashed in dense fog during its approach to Charlotte, N.C. Of the 82 people on board, 72 were killed. In its report, the NTSB concluded that "the probable cause of the accident was the flight crew's lack of altitude awareness at critical points during the approach due to poor cockpit discipline in that the crew did not follow prescribed procedures.".
- The youngest of eleven children.
- Has stated that not all of his family members say "Colbert" the way he does. Some pronounce the "T" at the end.
- Is deaf in his right ear.
- An alumnus of the Second City and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Graduated from Northwestern University in 1986.
- "Truthiness," a word he coined, was declared the Word of the Year 2005 by the American Dialect Society.