SirStephen Colbert is a writer, comedian and actor. Colbert is a Catholic, a Sunday school teacher, and a self-proclaimed Democrat, however one of his political heroes is Richard Nixon, as he claims he was the last 'liberal president'.
Colbert began his career at Comedy Central in the year 2000 with the show Strangers with Candy, he later left to become a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he began to build what would later be the character he would play on The Colbert Report. He was well-regarded on the show, occasionally guest-hosting when Stewart had to be elsewhere.
The Colbert Report
Main article: The Colbert Report
In 2005, Colbert left "The Daily Show" to become the host of a spinoff, "The Colbert Report".
In the show, Colbert plays a satirical right-wing political talk show host, largely based on Bill O'Reilly, who has a friendly rivalry with the show.
"The Colbert Report" has a very loyal following which the Colbert character often uses for his various pranks, for example, in every public vote for naming something, Colbert urges his fans to vote for him.
In his recurring segment "The Word," a parody of O'Reilly's "Talking Points," Colbert coined the word "truthiness" to refer to the quality possessed by statements which, though factually false, are repeated by supporters who feel in their hearts that they ought to be true, and regard it as quibbling to object to their falsehood.
Colbert has poked fun at Wikipedia and its apparent democratization of truth. He has coined the word "Wikiality" (as opposed to "reality,") and caused trouble for Wikipedia by suggesting that his listeners alter articles. In August of 2006, he encouraged users to state that the population of African elephants had tripled in the last decade. Colbert's point was that if enough people believe something, it becomes "the truth." Wikipedia responded by reverting and locking down the pages to prevent further vandalism.
- http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/jon_stewart_stephen_colbert_americas_anchors/page/4 Rolling Stone Interview, Oct 31, 2006
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0170306/awards IMDB List of Stephen Colbert Awards
- http://220.127.116.11/news/pressrelease.asp?ID=151 List of 2007 Peabody Award Winners