12 Things You Didn’t Know About Stephen Colbert

About Stephen Colbert Life

Stephen Colbert doesn’t officially take the helm over at “The Late Show” until Sept. 8, so you have plenty of time to get to know one of America’s funniest, most original comedic voices before he takes over for David Letterman. In addition to a diverse and strange career as a performer, Colbert has also had a surprising life outside of comedy. With these 12 must-know facts, you’ll be one step closer to falling for the freshest face in late night television, Stephen Colbert.

  1. Colbert has already won more awards for his comedy work than most entertainers hope to attain in a lifetime. For his work on “The Colbert Report” alone, he won nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards and two Peabody Awards. He was also named one of Time ’s 100 most influential people in 2006 and 2012.
  2. Up until the premiere of “The Colbert Report” in 2005, Colbert was the longest-running correspondent on “The Daily Show.” He was there even longer than Jon Stewart since he’d previously worked under original host, Craig Kilborn. The two other correspondents to make the leap from Kilborn to Stewart? Mo Rocca and Beth Littleford.
  3. Colbert hasn’t appeared in very many films, but his whole family does have a cameo in “The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.”
  4. Even in a serious commercial, Colbert can’t help to be (unintentionally) funny. Just check out this classic commercial for First Tier Bank.
  5. A devout Catholic, Colbert teaches Sunday school as often as his schedule allows. Although never one to shy away from touchy subjects on “The Colbert Report,” he purposely avoids jokes about the sacrament.
  6. Colbert is the youngest of 11 children.
  7. His father and two of his brothers, Peter and Paul, were killed in a plane crash on September 11, 1974. In a segment for 60 Minutes, Colbert said that the tragedy was one of the most painful experiences of his life.
  8. In college, Colbert originally wanted to be a serious actor until he discovered improv. His college improv team was called The No Fun Mud Piranhas.
  9. Does the voice of one of your favorite cartoon characters sound familiar? It could very well be Colbert. Over the years he’s done voice work for a number of animated series, including “The Simpsons,” “American Dad,” “The Venture Brothers” and most recently, “Bojack Horseman.
  10. Colbert is an alumni of two famous improv and sketch theaters: Second City and Improv Olympics. At Second City, he met and worked with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello. The three would go on to create “Exit 57” and “Strangers With Candy” for Comedy Central.
  11. Colbert wasn’t a cast member on Saturday Night Live, but he and longtime friend Steve Carrell were the voices of Ace and Gary, the Ambiguously Gay Duo. They even reprised their role in a live-action skit for a 2011 episode hosted by Ed Helms.
  12. Colbert hasn’t simply been on extended vacation since retiring “The Colbert Report” in December 2014. As a way to ramp up to his new gig, he has been podcasting from his “Late Show” production office. So far he’s interviewed his new band leader, Jon Batiste, and asked fans for help deciding how wide the audience seats should be in his new studio. If these podcasts are any indication, we’re in for a real treat when “The Late Show” premieres in September.