Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American comedian, writer, producer, actor, media critic, and television host.
A comedian or comic, is a person who seeks to entertain an audience, primarily by making them laugh.
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He currently hosts The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, a late-night television talk show on CBS.
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Colbert had originally studied to be an actor, but became interested in improvisational theatre when he met Second City director Del Close while attending Northwestern University.
Northwestern University is a private research university based in Evanston, Illinois, with campuses in Chicago, Illinois, San Francisco, California and Doha, Qatar.
Improvisation is the process of devising a solution to a requirement by making-do, despite absence of resources that might be expected to produce a solution.
Improvisational theatre, often called improv or impro, is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed.
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.
Exit 57 was a 30-minute sketch comedy series that aired on the American television channel Comedy Central from 1995 to 1996; its cast was composed of comedians Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Jodi Lennon, and Mitch Rouse, all of whom had previously studied improv at The Second City in Chicago.
In theater, an understudy, referred to in opera as cover or covering, is a performer who learns the lines and blocking or choreography of a regular actor or actress in a play.
Paul Dinello is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, and an alumnus of DePaul University, Chicago-based The Second City, Improv Institute, and Annoyance Theatre.
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.
A correspondent or on-the-scene reporter is usually a journalist or commentator for magazines, or more speaking, an agent who contributes reports to a newspaper, or radio or television news, or another type of company, from a remote, often distant, location.
The Daily Show is a left-wing American news satire and talk show television program, which airs each Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central and on The Comedy Network in Canada.
Comedy Central is an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom.
In 2005, he left The Daily Show to host a spin-off series, The Colbert Report.
The Colbert Report is an American late-night talk and news satire television program hosted by Stephen Colbert that aired four days a week on Comedy Central from October 17, 2005 to December 18, 2014 for 1,447 episodes.
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, in which Colbert portrayed a caricatured version of conservative political pundits.
The O'Reilly Factor, originally titled The O'Reilly Report from 1996 to 1998 and often called The Factor, is an American cable television news and talk show on the Fox News Channel hosted by political commentator Bill O'Reilly, who often discusses current controversial political issues with guests.
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.
The White House Correspondents' Association is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States.
Colbert has won nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Peabody Awards.
The George Foster Peabody Awards program, named for American businessman and philanthropist George Peabody, recognizes distinguished and meritorious public service by American radio and television stations, networks, online media, producing organizations, and individuals.
The Primetime Emmy Award is an American award bestowed by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in American primetime television programming.
An Emmy Award, or simply Emmy, recognizes excellence in the television industry, and corresponds to the Academy Award, the Tony Award, and the Grammy Award.
Colbert succeeded David Letterman as the host of The Late Show on CBS, beginning his tenure on September 8, 2015.
Colbert was named one of Time's 100 most influential people in 2006 and 2012.
His book, I Am America, was number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.
The New York Times is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times Company.