Stephen Colbert

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Colbert in his role as "Senior Washington Correspondent" on The Daily Show

Stephen Colbert (SAMPA /koU5"bEr/), born May 13, 1964 in Charleston, SC) is an American deadpan comedian, currently working as a correspondent and writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2005, Comedy Central announced that it would be giving Colbert his own show, The Colbert Report, the same title as a popular segment aired on The Daily Show. It will be a comedy counterpart to shows such as Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor and is expected to follow The Daily Show and air at 11:30 PM (Eastern/Pacific).

Colbert was raised in a Catholic family. He was formally educated at Northwestern University, where he transferred to from Hampden-Sydney College. He is also an alumnus of The Second City, had a short stint on Good Morning America, and was formerly a performer and writer on Exit 57 as well as Strangers with Candy, where he also held an executive producer credit. Briefly, he served as a writer for Saturday Night Live, where he later returned to voice the character Ace in Robert Smigel's The Ambiguously Gay Duo. He has also performed as a voice actor on Cartoon Network's Harvey Birdman (part of the Adult Swim lineup), appeared on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and appeared in commercials for Mr. Goodwrench.

He coauthored the novel Wigfield with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello.

Some memorable segments he has appeared in for The Daily Show have included "The Colbert Réport" (quote: "It's French, bitch!" - the 't' in both Colbert and Réport is silent) and "Even Stevphen" with Steve Carell (the segment title is Steve and Stephen mixed together). He is especially known currently for his weekly report, "This Week in God," which many consider to often be the most humourous segment of the week.

The trademark of his voicework in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (as Phil Ken Sebben, founder of the law firm of Sebben & Sebben) is a "Ha, ha!" followed by a phrase relevant to the scene. (For example, on the subject of cookie bouquets: "Ha, ha! Cookies on dowels!") Colbert also is best known for a segment on the Jeff Gannon/James Guckert scandal, where he revealed that his birth name was actually Ted Hitler and confessed to several other past "offenses."

On the horizon is a role in the big screen adaptation of Bewitched, as well as a feature film of Strangers with Candy.

He is married to Evelyn McGee-Colbert. They have three children, who have appeared on The Daily Show.

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