American comedian and political satirist Stephen Colbert is best known for his extensive parody of conservative media analysts and his unique take on current events. Colbert broke into prominence with his work on news based comedy show “The Daily Show” and his very own satire show “The Colbert Report”. Colbert began his comedy career with a stint in sketch comedy series “Exit 57” aired on Comedy Central between 1995-96 and went on to star in other TV shows like “Strangers with Candy”. Colbert has also made an appearance in several feature films in the late ‘90s including “Shock Asylum”, “Snow Days” and “Nobody Knows Anything!” Also a noted voice actor, Colbert has lent his voice for shows like Saturday Night Live in which he voiced the character of “Ace” for the sketch "The Ambiguously Gay Duo". Colbert also voiced several characters on the animated TV series “Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law” including the voices for "The Eagle Of Truth”, "Phil Ken Sebben" and ‘Myron Reducto".
As the host of “The Colbert Report”, Stephen Colbert currently commands an annual salary of over $4 million plus a performance-based bonus. Through his various ventures as an actor, comedian, television host, writer and political satirist, Colbert has amassed a net worth of around $45 million.
Ever since he was a teenager, Stephen Colbert has been a huge of science fiction. He lists reading and playing role-playing video games as his favorite hobbies and is known for his love of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and the game “Dungeons & Dragons”. Despite his rather full schedule, Colbert also finds the time to pursue his lesser known hobby of writing. He has contributed extensively to “America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction” published in 2004 and has penned a political satire titled “I Am America (and So Can You!)” which was published in 2007.
A Charleston, South Carolina native, Stephen Colbert was born into a large family and was the youngest of 11 children. Deaf in one year since birth, Colbert experienced deep personal tragedy at a very young age when two of his brothers and his father were killed in a plane crash in 1974. The loss drove the young Colbert into reclusion and he could only overcome his innate shyness when he discovered that he had a gift for comedy. During his senior year in high school, he was voted “class clown”. The young comedian went on to study philosophy in college. After graduating as a theatre major, Colbert joined the Second City Improv Theater troupe in Chicago and toured with them for a couple of years. Not much is known about his personal life before he shot into fame though a rumor suggests that he briefly dated American R&B singer Charlene in the ‘80s. In 1990, Colbert married Evelyn McGee and the couple has three children together- two sons named Peter and John and a daughter named Madeline. Colbert resides in New York with his family.