STEPHEN COLBERT (The President) is the host and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series on Comedy Central “The Colbert Report.” Touted by The New York Times as “one of the best television shows of the year” and praised as “a must watch show” by Entertainment Weekly, “The Colbert Report” has garnered ratings and critical success as one of the top shows on television.
Colbert’s personality, insight and overall rightness led to his half-hour nightly platform, which takes on issues of the day and, more importantly, tells you why everyone else’s take is just plain wrong. In just three seasons, “The Colbert Report” has received 12 Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series. In 2008, “The Colbert Report” won its first Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program. In addition, “The Colbert Report” has also been honored with a prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in the 67th Annual Peabody Awards.
Colbert recently completed his first Christmas special, “A Colbert Christmas! The Greatest Gift of All,” with appearances by Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, John Legend, Toby Keith, Feist and Jon Stewart. Colbert describes his special as “strangely sincere, but also sincerely strange.”
In 2007, Colbert published his first book, I AM AMERICA (And So Can You!), which debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller List. In the book, he voices his opinions on all things American as loudly in print as he does on air.
Since 1997, Colbert was the longest-tenured and most diverse correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” He helped the show to win numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards as an on-air personality and show writer for the news satire. He contributed to AMERICA (THE BOOK): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner Books), which immediately topped The New York Times Best Seller List for 15 consecutive weeks. He also co-authored the critically acclaimed book Wigfield (Hyperion), which Publisher’s Weekly called “uproariously funny, painfully sharp and unlike anything the genre of humorous fiction has seen before.”
Born and raised near Charleston, South Carolina, Colbert graduated from Northwestern University and quickly made a name for himself as a member of Chicago’s famed Second City improv troupe, where he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The threesome moved to New York City, where they created and starred in “Exit 57,” a half-hour sketch comedy series that ran for three seasons on Comedy Central. “Exit 57” received five CableACE nominations for Best Writing, Performing and Comedy Series. Colbert reunited with Sedaris and Dinello to create Comedy Central’s first ever live-action narrative series, the cult hit “Strangers with Candy.”
Colbert’s other on-camera appearances are numerous. He starred opposite Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman in Columbia Pictures’ “Bewitched”; made memorable guest appearances on shows like HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and NBC’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”; was a cast member and writer on ABC’s “The Dana Carvey Show”; wrote for “Saturday Night Live” and was the voice of Ace on the SNL animated series “The Ambiguously Gay Duo”; and appeared in a long-running commercial campaign for General Motors/Mr. Goodwrench.
Colbert, his wife Evelyn, and their three children reside in the New York area.