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Stephen Tyrone Colbert
May 13, 1964 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA
A theater comedian with a particular gift for improvisation, Stephen Colbert adopted the persona of a well-intentioned, but poorly informed idiot on the brilliant faux news program, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central, 1996- ). Though he was on the show when it was anchored by Craig Kilborn, Colbert came to national attention as a correspondent blithely reporting on the main political and newsworthy issues of the day. After six years, Colbert left "The Daily Show" to anchor his own program, "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central, 2005- ), where he took his well-informed idiot persona to new heights, thanks to skewering attacks on politicians and the media, as well as hilarious interview segments that were more about him than his guest, some of whom were not in on the joke. In 2006, Colbert drew fire from the Washington elites for scathing satirical remarks at the White House Correspondents' dinner, which quickly became an Internet sensation. Meanwhile, he starred in the feature version of the Canadian show "Strangers with Candy" (2006), published best-selling novels including I Am America (And So Can You!), ran for president in the state of South Caroline in 2008, raised over $1 million with his Colbert Super PAC, and even assisted his sister's more substantive run for Congress in 2013. Almost always in his GOP-skewering character, Colbert kept audiences guessing with an impenetrable air of ridiculous severity that kept viewers laughing. LessA theater comedian with a particular gift for improvisation, Stephen Colbert adopted the persona of a well-intentioned, but … More