Stephen Tyrone Colbert (/koʊlˈbɛər/ kohl-BAIR born May 13, 1964)is an American comedian, writer, producer,

political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for hosting the satirical Comedy

Central program The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014 and the CBS talk program The Late

Show with Stephen Colbert beginning in September 2015. Colbert originally studied to be,

dramatic actor, but became interested in improvisational theater while attending Northwestern University,

where he met Second City director Del Close. Colbert first performed professionally as an understudy.

for Steve Carell at Second City Chicago, where his troupe mates included Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris,

comedians with whom he developed the sketch comedy series Exit 57.

He 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 attention for his role on the latter as closeted gay history teacher Chuck Noblet.

Colbert's work as a correspondent on Comedy Central's news-parody series The Daily Show gained,

him wide recognition. In 2005, he left The Daily Show to host The Colbert Report.

Following The Daily Show's news-parody concept, The Colbert Report was a parody of personality-driven,

political opinion shows including The O'Reilly Factor, in which he portrayed a caricatured version,

conservative political pundits, earning Colbert an invitation to perform as featured entertainer,

at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in 2006, which he did in character.

This event led to the series became one of Comedy Central's highest-rated series.

After ending The Colbert Report, he was hired in 2015 to succeed retiring David Letterman as

host of the Late Show on CBS. He hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards in September 2017.