STEPHEN COLBERT
as Charles "Chuck" Noblet

Stephen Colbert (pronounced "col-BARE" — it's French, bitch!) was born (on April 20 or May 13, 1964, depending on the source) and raised in Charleston, South Carolina.

He met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello in Chicago while they were all members of the famed "Second City" improv troupe. After several years at "Second City," the three moved to New York City and developed "EXIT 57", a sketch comedy series for HBO Downtown Productions. During its two season run on Comedy Central in the mid-1990s "EXIT 57" garnered five CableACE nominations for best writing, performing, and comedy series.


 
From 1997 until his departure in October of 2005 (to launch his own spin-off series, "The Colbert Report") Stephen was a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". His other notable credits include serving as both a writer and a cast member on "The Dana Carvey Show", writing for "Saturday Night Live", and providing the voice for "Ace" in Robert Smigel's "Ambiguously Gay Duo", which originated on "The Dana Carvey Show" and was then a semi-regularly featured in Smigel's "TV Funhouse" segment on "SNL".

At the time that he left "The Daily Show", Stephen had been the show's longest-running and most diverse correspondent. In addition to his role as Senior Political Correspondent he was one of the hosts of "Even Stephven", a point-counterpoint assault featuring co-correspondent Steve Carell, and the host of "This Week in God", in which he reported on all things theological with the assistance of the "God Machine."

Stephen helped "The Daily Show" to win numerous Emmy and Peabody Awards, and contributed to America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner Books), which immediately topped The New York Times Best Seller List and stayed there for 15 consecutive weeks. This tome was followed by Stephen's first solo effort as a literary giant, I Am America (And So Can You!)

His personality, insight and overall rightness could only have led him to "The Colbert Report", a half-hour nightly platform for him to give his take on the issues of the day, and, more importantly, to tell you why everyone else's take is just plain wrong. Move over Bill O'Reilly!

Stephen lives in New York with his wife and three children. I wonder if his real-life kids realize that his toys are not playthings?   "Seamus!!!"
 

To see more pictures of Stephen Colbert, go to the Flatpoint Faculty photo gallery.


Stephen's Career-ography
    FILM
    • Strangers With Candy: The Movie (as Chuck Noblet; dir. Paul Dinello; 1/24/05—Sundance premiere; June 2006—wide release)
    • The Great New Wonderful (as Mr. Peersall; 2005)
    • Bewitched (as Stu Robison; dir. Nora Ephron; 2005)
    • Nobody Knows Anything! [aka McClintock's Peach] (2003)
    • Snow Days [aka Let It Snow] (1999)

    SHORT FILMS
    TELEVISION
    • "The Simpsons" (as Colby Krauss; FOX: 9/23/07)
    • "The Colbert Report" (Comedy Central: 10/17/05 - ?)
    • "American Dad" (as Dr. Dandliker; FOX: 9/25/05)
    • "MAD TV" (briefly interviewed by Nicole Parker and Bobby Lee on the red carpet at the 9/18/05 Emmy Awards ceremony; FOX: 9/24/05)
    • "The Late Show with David Letterman" (CBS: 9/2/05, 6/14/06)
    • "Last Call with Carson Daly" (NBC: 2/8/05)
    • "The Venture Bros." (as Professor Richard Impossible; Cartoon Network; 9/18/04)
    • "Today" (NBC: 7/25/04)
    • "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (as James Bennett; NBC: 3/14/04)
    • "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO: 3/14/04)
    • "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (NBC: 6/27/03, 7/12/06)
    • Mr. Goodwrench commercials (Spring 2003 - 2005)
    • "Crank Yankers" (as Rob; Comedy Central: 6/2/02)
    • "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn" (Comedy Central: 2002)
    • "Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law" (Cartoon Network: 2000-?)
    • "Strangers With Candy" (as Charles 'Chuck' Noblet; Comedy Central: 4/7/99 - 10/2/00)
    • "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" (Correspondant; Comedy Central: 1997-2005)
    • "Saturday Night Live" ("TV Funhouse" voices, particularly that of Ace of "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" (NBC: 9/28/96-????)
    • "Whose Line Is It Anyway" (ABC: 2/24/99)
    • "Spin City" (as Frank; ABC: 11/26/96)
    • "The Dana Carvey Show" (1996)
    • "Exit 57" (as various characters; Comedy Central: 1995-96)

    STAGE

    • Wigfield (as various characters; a page to stage presentation by Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, and Amy Sedaris; 5/2 - 8/2/03)

    BOOKS

 


From the March 19, 2004 issue of Entertainment Weekly
The 25 Funniest People in America

Stephen Colbert and the rest of the "Daily Show" gang ranked #2 on the list.  Amy Sedaris and her brother David ranked #8 on the list  (click here to read their blurb).

2. Jon Stewart and the "Daily Show" team:  The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is the most consistent laugh machine on TV—and the only news source for scores of cynics and slackers. It's not often that a comedy show can tackle politics, embrace a cogent point of view, and still maintain its anarchic spark. The scribes at The Daily Show pull it off four nights a week. As the heart and soul of the show, Stewart is evenhanded but never meek; as an interviewer, he can make his guests comfortable even as he's taking them apart. Then there's his gang of "correspondents," who soldier straight-facedly into the great American absurd and take no prisoners. Empirically speaking, there's nothing funny about what's going on in the world right now. Yet here we are each week, chortling.
WE LAUGHED AT Every minute of their "Indecision 2004" coverage so far, which is the very definition of a comedy show at the top of its game.  (see late-'70s SNL, mid-'90s Simpsons, etc).
The 25 Funniest People in America
1. Chris Rock
2. Jon Stewart & the 'Daily Show' team
3. Will Ferrell
4. Larry David
5. Dave Chappelle
6. Ellen DeGeneres
7. Bill Murray
8. Amy & David Sedaris
9. Robert Smigel
10. Jim Carrey
11. David Letterman
12. Aaron McGruder
13. Jack Black
14. Wanda Sykes
15. Augusten Burroughs
16. Scot Armstrong
17. Conan O'Brien
18. Ben Stiller & Owen Wilson
19. Bernie Mac
20. Maya Rudolph
21. Demetri Martin
22. Catherine O'Hara
23. ego trip
24. Sarah Silverman
25. Dave Attell
25.5. Kelly Ripa
Entertainment Weekly followed up the above list in their April 16, 2004 issue with a readers' choice Top 10 List:
1. Margaret Cho
2. David Cross
3. Robin Williams
4. George Carlin
5. Howard Stern
6. Matt Stone & Trey Parker
7. Lewis Black
8. The Onion
9. Tina Fey
10. Jerry Seinfeld

This 2003 news item from Entertainment Weekly was written about a proposed sitcom that Stephen would have done for NBC, with Jon Stewart producing:

'Daily' Departure
Jon Stewart creates sitcom pilot for ''Daily'' colleague — ''Daily Show'' correspondent Stephen Colbert will star in the show, based on his South Carolina upbringing
by Gary Susman

Looks like NBC is edging away from the young, cosmopolitan, workplace comedies that have characterized the network over the last several years. According to Variety, it's developing a young, small-town workplace comedy, which NBC executive Karey Burke describes as a ''modern-day Andy of Mayberry'' story, with elements of both family and office-based comedies.'' It'll star ''The Daily Show'' snark Stephen Colbert, with Colbert and his ''Daily'' colleague Jon Stewart writing the show.

The show will be inspired in part by Colbert's upbringing in South Carolina. ''I'm just tired of Stephen telling me stories about how he grew up,'' Stewart tells Variety. ''I figured if we write it all down in script form, he'll stop talking about it.''

Comedy Central stalwart Colbert has some experience as a sitcom creator, having cocreated the channel's ''Strangers With Candy.'' Stewart, who will continue to host ''Daily Show,'' has less sitcom-writing experience, but it sounds like he has already mastered the form. He tells Variety, ''We were just thinking about what would happen if a gay man and a straight woman lived together in a bar in Boston and ate spiders for $50,000 every episode. We're going to try to do a show that has everything that's worked on NBC before. Before it's over, Stephen could end up helming a genial black family. He could be the next Cosby.''
(Posted:12/9/02) from Entertainment Weekly

 


 

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