Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Tyrone Colbert was born on May 13th, 1964 and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He currently lives in New York with his wife and three children.

Colbert studied acting at Northwestern and performed with the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago before joining fellow cast members Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello to create the sketch comedy "Exit 57" for Comedy Central, which lasted for two seasons. During its two season run in the mid-1990s it garnered five CableACE nominations for best writing, performing, and comedy series. In 1997, Colbert became a correspondent on "The Daily Show", then hosted by Craig Kilborn. Colbert helped "The Daily Show" 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.

In addition to Colbert's role as Senior Political Correspondent on "The Daily Show", he was one of the hosts of "Even Stepheven", a point-counterpoint assault featuring co-correspondent Steve Carrel and the host of "This Week in God" in which he "reported" on theological issues, with the assistance of the "God Machine". Colbert has also served as both writer and cast member on "The Dana Carvey Show", has written for "Saturday Night Live" and provided the voice of "Ace" in Robert Smigel's "Ambiguously Gay Duo". Colbert was featured in Smigel's "TV Funhouse" segment on SNL. He was also featured on "Mr. Goodwrench" commercials (2003-2005).

After Colbert left the Daily Show, he started his own program called "The Colbert Report" which satirizes TV talk hosts such as Bill O'Reilly. The nightly show addresses issues of the day, and more importantly, why everyone else's opinion is wrong. The "Colbert Report" airs immediately after "The Daily Show, and has performed well in the ratings.

Jon always said 'The Daily Show' has no political impact, ... We're going to go ahead and pick up that gauntlet and change the world!

At the White House Correspondence Dinner[1]

  • Wow! Wow, what an honor! The White House Correspondents' dinner. To actually -- to sit here at the same table with my hero, George W. Bush, to be this close to the man. I feel like I'm dreaming. Somebody pinch me. You know what? I'm a pretty sound sleeper; that may not be enough. Somebody shoot me in the face. Is he really not here tonight? Damn it! The one guy who could have helped.
  • By the way, before I get started, if anybody needs anything else at their tables, just speak slowly and clearly into your table numbers. Someone from the NSA will be right over with a cocktail.
  • Every night on my show, The Colbert Report, I speak straight from the gut, okay? I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the "No Fact Zone." FOX News, I hold a copyright on that term.
  • I believe the government that governs best is the government that governs least. And by these standards, we have set up a fabulous government in Iraq.
  • And though I am a committed Christian, I believe that everyone has the right to their own religion, be you Hindu, Jewish or Muslim. I believe there are infinite paths to accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior.
  • Joe Wilson, right down here in front, the most famous husband since Desi Arnaz. And, of course, he brought along his lovely wife Valerie Plame. Oh, my god! Oh, what have I said? Ay, gee monetti! I am sorry, Mr. President, I meant to say he brought along his lovely wife “Joe Wilson's wife.” Patrick Fitzgerald is not here tonight, right? Okay, dodged a bullet.
  • Mayor Nagin! Mayor Nagin is here from New Orleans, the chocolate city! Yeah, give it up. Mayor Nagin, I'd like to welcome you to Washington, D.C., the chocolate city with a marshmallow center and a graham cracker crust of corruption. It's a Mallomar, I guess, is what I'm describing, is a Mallomar. It’s a seasonal cookie.
  • Most of all, I believe in this president. Now, I know there are some polls out there saying that this man has a 32% approval rating. But guys like us, we don't pay attention to the polls. We know that polls are just a collection of statistics that reflect what people are thinking in "reality." And reality has a well-known liberal bias.
  • But, listen, let's review the rules. Here's how it works. The President makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home. Get to know your family again. Make love to your wife. Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration? You know, fiction!
  • Because, really, what incentive do these people have to answer your questions, after all? I mean, nothing satisfies you. Everybody asks for personnel changes. So, the White House has personnel changes. And then you write, "Oh, they're just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic." First of all, that is a terrible metaphor. This administration is not sinking. This administration is soaring! If anything, they are rearranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg!
  • And, of course, we can't forget the man of the hour, new press secretary, Tony Snow. Secret Service name: "Snow Job." Toughest job. What a hero! Took the second toughest job in government, next to, of course, the ambassador to Iraq. Got some big shoes to fill, Tony. Big shoes to fill. Scott McClellan could say nothing like nobody else. McClellan, of course, eager to retire, really felt like he needed to spend more time with Andrew Card's children.

Trivia

  • Colbert is a Devout Catholic and reportedly teaches Sunday School. [2]
  • As a young man Colbert voted at least once for Strom Thurmond. [3]
  • In 2006 on his show Colbert got notorious athiest Sam Harris to admit God could exist.[4]

See Also

Captain America (Colbert has his shield)

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