Stephen Colbert is an American comedian, author, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host who also writes and performs. Stephen Colbert, one of the highest-paid television hosts, receives more than $25 million per year from CBS.
Stephen Colbert rose to prominence as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s news-satire show “The Daily Show.” Stephen Colbert has received nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and three Peabody Awards.
Early Life of Stephen Colbert
Stephen Tyrone Colbert was born on May 13, 1964, in Washington, DC. He is the eleventh and last child. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, but his family moved to James Island, South Carolina, when he was a child. The Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 crash on September 11, 1974, killed his father, James William Colbert Jr., and his two brothers, Peter and Paul. His mother moved the family to Charleston, South Carolina, after the crash.
Colbert went to the Episcopal Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was in a number of school plays. He wanted to study marine biology at first, but when he had surgery to fix a hole in his eardrum, he hurt his inner ear. Because of this, he lost hearing in his right ear and couldn’t work in a job that required scuba diving. In 1982, he went to Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, where he majored in philosophy and kept acting in plays. Colbert changed his major to theatre at Northwestern University in 1984. He studied performance there until he graduated in 1986.
During his time at Northwestern, he started doing improv both on campus with the No Fun Mud Piranhas and in Chicago at the Annoyance Theatre. After he graduated, a friend got him a job at Second City in Chicago, where he answered phones and sold souvenirs. He also signed up for the free improv classes that employees could take. Then, he got a job with Second City’s touring company, where he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello.
Personal Life of Stephen Colbert
Evelyn “Evie” McGee-Colbert and Colbert have been married since 1993. Madeleine (born in 1995), Peter (born in 1998), and John (born in 1999) are their three children (born in 2002). The family lives in the New Jersey town of Montclair. He calls himself a Democrat and is a good Roman Catholic. He is also a minister at the Universal Life Church Monastery, where he was ordained.
Net Worth of Stephen Colbert
American comedian, writer, actor, author, and talk-show host Stephen Colbert has a net worth of $75 million. Stephen Colbert is best known for hosting “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central from 2005 to 2014 and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS since 2015.
Television Career of Stephen Colbert
Colbert met the producer of “The Daily Show,” Madeline Smithberg, through his job on “Good Morning America,” and she gave him a trial run in 1997. Colbert took a reduced role on “The Daily Show” so that he could work on “Strangers with Candy,” a show he co-created with David Sedaris and Joe Dinello, which was picked up by Comedy Central in 1998. (1999 – 2000). Colbert’s reporting on “The Daily Show” began to gain popularity, and he developed a correspondent persona that was a touch silly. In 2004, 2005, and 2006, he received three Emmys for his work as a writer for “The Daily Show.”
In October 2005, Colbert launched his own spin-off program, “The Colbert Report,” which he continued to present until December 2014. His character as the host of “The Colbert Report” was largely regarded as an extension of his character as a politically conservative, right-wing commentator on “The Daily Show.” Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Ben Karlin co-created “The Report,” which earned an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award.
CBS announced in April 2014 that Colbert would succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show” upon Letterman’s retirement. On his debut as a presenter on September 8, 2015, George Clooney was his first guest. Based on his prior experience with “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “The Late Show” has a greater political emphasis under Colbert than it had under Letterman.
Other Works of Stephen Colbert
Colbert has been active in numerous other activities and enterprises outside of television. He performed at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner as the featured performer. As he satirized the George W. Bush Administration and the White House Press Corps, he played in character, channeling his conservative persona from “The Colbert Report.” The video of his performance became an online and media sensation, and ratings for “The Colbert Report” increased by 37% in the week after the performance.
Colbert is also a co-author of the satirical novel “Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not,” which came out in 2003. He wrote it with Sedaris and Dinello, two people he has worked with for a long time. He has also been a guest star on shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Spin City,” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and he had a small supporting role in the movie “Bewitched” (2005). Colbert has also done the voices of characters on shows like “The Venture Bros.,” “Crank Yankers,” “American Dad!” and “The Simpsons.” He also put out a Christmas comedy special called “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All” on Comedy Central (November 2008).
Stephen Colbert was born on May 13, 1964, in Washington, DC. He is the eleventh and last child of James William Colbert and Evelyn McGee-Colbert. He lost hearing in one ear after a plane crash that killed his father and two brothers. Colbert launched his own spin-off program, “The Colbert Report,” which earned him an Emmy and Peabody Award. He succeeded David Letterman as host of “The Late Show” in 2014. On September 8, 2015, George Clooney was his first guest.