Happy Birthday, Stephen Colbert!

Stephen Tyrone Colbert: 13 May 1964

Today is the birthday of one of my favourite comedians and actors, Stephen Colbert. I first saw him on the Comedy Central show, Strangers With Candy, which was essentially a spoof and satire of all those “after-school specials” which seemed prevalent during the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. It followed the misadventures of Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old woman who goes back to school after a hard life on the streets; Stephen portrayed her woefully uninformed, closeted history teacher, Chuck Noblet. This show was one of the funniest I’ve seen…I recommend it to those who appreciate humour which might be – less than appropriate!

Here’s a tiny bit of info about him from Wikipedia – cross-reference at your leisure, of course:

Stephen Tyrone Colbert[10] (/klˈbɛər/, né: /ˈklbərt/;[4] born May 13, 1964)[11] is an American comedian, television host, actor, and author. From 2005 to 2014, he was the host of Comedy Central‘s The Colbert Report, a satirical news show in which Colbert portrayed a caricatured version of conservative political pundits. It was announced on April 10, 2014, that Colbert had been chosen to succeed David Letterman as the host of the Late Show on CBS after Letterman retires in 2015.[12]

Colbert originally studied to be an actor, but became interested in improvisational theatre when he met Second City director Del Close while attending Northwestern University. He first performed professionally as an understudy for Steve Carell at Second City Chicago; among his troupe mates were comedians Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, with whom he developed the sketch comedy series Exit 57.

Colbert also wrote and performed on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show before collaborating with Sedaris and Dinello again on the cult television series Strangers with Candy. He gained considerable attention for his role on the latter as closeted gay history teacher Chuck Noblet. His work as a correspondent on Comedy Central‘s news-parody series The Daily Show first introduced him to a wide audience.

In 2005, he left The Daily Show to host a spin-off series, The Colbert Report. Following The Daily Show‍ ’​s news-parody concept, The Colbert Report was a parody of personality-driven political opinion shows such as The O’Reilly Factor. The series established itself as one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated series, earning Colbert an invitation to perform as featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2006. Colbert has been nominated for over twenty-six Primetime Emmy Awards, winning nine, and has won two Grammy Awards and two Peabody Awards. He was named one of Time‍ ’​s 100 most influential people in 2006 and 2012.[13][14] His book I Am America (And So Can You!) was number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.”

I have watched The Daily Show for some time, so was happy to watch The Colbert Report when Stephen started the spin-off – I’m a proud, card-carrying member of the Colbert Nation! I have learned a great deal about politics, following the creation of (and donating to) his SuperPAC. I have enjoyed many interviews, including those of historian and author Nell Irvin Painter, metal band Unlocking the Truth, and First Lady Michelle Obama, to name but a few. Stephen takes over the helm of The Late Show with David Letterman Stephen Colbert in September of this year…I’m looking forward to it! In closing, enjoy my favourite interview Stephen conducted: it was with the late, great Maurice Sendak, one of the best writers of all time.

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak: Part 1

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak: Part 2

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