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->''"[[SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don't learn anything.]] Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us."''
-->--'''Stephen Colbert''' (the actual person)

->''"Reality has a well-known liberal bias."''
-->--'''Stephen Colbert''' (the character)

Stephen Colbert does not believe in books. They're all fact and no heart. (You may think [[http://www.makemeamerica.com he wrote one]], but it's just a transcription of what he hollered into a tape recorder. [[RefugeInAudacity Over a three day weekend, no less]].) A staunch supporter of GeorgeWBush and devoted admirer of [[BillOReilly Bill O'Reilly]], Colbert lambasts the [[StrawmanPolitical liberal elite]] four nights a week on ''Series/TheColbertReport''.

Okay, '''Stephen Colbert''' (May 13, 1964-) is ''actually'' a satirist, best known for lampooning [[StrawmanPolitical bull-headed conservatives]] as host of the ''[[Series/TheColbertReport Report]]'' after years of being a popular correspondent for ''Series/TheDailyShow''. There are many similarities between Stephen Colbert the man and "[[TheDanza Stephen Colbert]]" the character, but there is a stark difference in that the character is, in Colbert's own words, "a well-intentioned, poorly informed, [[UpperClassTwit high-status idiot]]."

Oh, and Colbert is also known for that time he was invited to be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7FTF4Oz4dI the featured entertainer at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner]] and, instead of providing typical light-hearted fare, comedically savaged President George W. Bush and the press to their faces, all in his show persona. ("I stand by this man. I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands ''on'' things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound -- with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.")

His performance was an internet sensation, and the audio recording became the #1 album on iTunes, remaining a top download for months. New York Times columnist Frank Rich called Colbert's performance a defining moment leading up to the 2006 midterm elections, when the Democrats became the majority party in Congress. Colbert himself has said he did not necessarily mean to make a huge political statement, but only intended to be funny (although obviously for a different audience than the dinner coordinators would have liked), and did not realize how strongly his performance resonated until speaking with awed coworkers the next day. Despite all this, Colbert's performance initially got very little media attention, with many major news outlets like ''[[AmericanNewspapers The New York Times]]'' not even mentioning him in their day-after report on the Dinner. The mainstream media was widely criticized for this, seeing as the media itself was a major target for Colbert's mockery and thus the muted coverage was seen as self-serving.

On Sept. 24, 2010, having been invited to appear by committee chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren, [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/24/stephen-colbert-hearing-v_n_737813.html Colbert testified before Congress, IN CHARACTER, at the House Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing on Immigration and Farm Labor.]] He did [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness drop character at one point]], when asked by Rep. Judy Chu [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cu9SSxe5bz0 why he felt this issue was important.]]

Not as notably, Colbert co-created and co-starred in ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' and did considerable voice acting in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''. He was also the voice of Ace in ''Series/SaturdayNightLive's'' ''The Ambiguously Gay Duo'' (fellow future Daily Show star Creator/SteveCarell was the voice of Gary). Even less known is his work on the short-lived ''Dana Carvey Show'' and the even more obscure sketch show ''Series/{{Exit 57}}''. Better known in recent years was his performance as President Hathaway in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens''; he worked with DreamWorks again for ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman''. His Middle-Earth expertise also earned him a [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug''. Colbert came up in comedy through improv at Second City in Chicago (he even guest-starred on two episodes of the US version of the improv show ''WhoseLineIsItAnyway'') while slowly but surely leaving behind his ambitions to be a serious actor. Thank God.

Officially OneOfUs and [[ProudToBeAGeek unashamedly so]]. When Creator/ViggoMortensen was a guest on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', Jon Stewart played a recording of Colbert reciting [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the many names of Aragorn]]. (In addition, Mortensen had had a set of chocolates shaped like ''Lord of the Rings'' characters sent to Colbert's office, and Stewart's receiving this news was essentially speculating on how powerful a {{Nerdgasm}} Colbert would have). When CNN misused an image of the Balrog on 6/6/06, he proceeded to rattle off a list of references to ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' without even using notes. Colbert also keeps a set of [[DungeonsAndDragons polyhedral dice]] in his desk at ''The Colbert Report'' and is the current keeper of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's mighty shield (delivered after Steve Rogers' [[DeathIsCheap short-lived]] death) and [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Andúril]] (gifted to him by Aragorn himself). Get behind this man on the battlefield. He also won the popular vote in the 2008 election (in the Marvel universe). After [[AwesomeMomentOfCrowning being knighted by the Queen of Jordan with Andúril]] his full name has been expanded to ''Sir'' Dr. Stephen T. Colbert [[NotThatKindOfDoctor D.F.A.]] And he has recently given "a shout out to all [his] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic bronies]]." (Before he admitted he had no idea what it meant, looked it up, and promptly took it back.)

In 2014, CBS announced that Colbert would succeed Creator/DavidLetterman as host of ''The Late Show'' in 2015. Colbert confirmed that ''The Late Show'' (unlike his Congressional testimony) would not be performed in-character.

Fellow ''Daily Show'' contributor Larry Wilmore will fill the ''Colbert Report'''s spot with his own ''Daily Show'' spinoff ''The Minority Report''.

He is also known for coining the word 'truthiness', as well as the ColbertBump.
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!!Things that have been [[InternetCounterattack named after Stephen]] include:

* [[Series/TheColbertReport A TV show]]
* Steagle Colbeagle the Eagle (a hockey mascot)
* Stephen Jr. (a bald eagle)
* Stelephant Colbert (an elephant seal)
* Stephanie Colburtle the Turtle ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a turtle]])
* Aptostichus stephencolberti (a species of trapdoor spider)
* Agaporomorphus colberti (a species of diving beetle, named for him as a birthday present)
* [[http://www2.pms-lj.si/illiesia/papers/Illiesia04-04.pdf Diamphipnoa colberti]] (a species of stonefly, never mentioned on the show)
* Colbert (a stuffed moose, formerly named Ebersol, ridden by both him and Bob Costas during the [[OlympicGames Vancouver "'010" Olympics]]; unfortunately had to be re-renamed after going to NBC's archives since it and Comedy Central are rivals)
* Not [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megyeri_Bridge#Naming_poll a bridge in Hungary]] - although he did win the online contest to decide the name, the Hungarian ambassador to the U.S. appeared on his show, and told him that, in Hungary, bridges can only be named after dead people.
** As well, a requirement was [[StarfishLanguage fluency in Hungarian]].
*** Which Colbert met by demonstrating that he knew that "híd" was Hungarian for "bridge."
* A treadmill (''not'' a [[Series/TheBigBangTheory toilet]]) on the International Space Station, the "Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill" ([[FunWithAcronyms C.O.L.B.E.R.T.]]). We believe that that puts NASA in the lead when it comes to insane acronyms, surpassing [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} Aperture Science]].
* The first of Richard Branson's airplanes upon expanding the Virgin brand to Virgin Atlantic as well. Once made an emergency landing due to birdstrike. Geese are On Notice.
* A Ben & Jerry's ice cream: "Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream".[[note]] For the record, it's vanilla ice cream with a caramel swirl, filled with chocolate chips and bits of chocolate covered waffle cone.[[/note]] And it is delicious. [[FriendlyEnemy And it's certainly better]] than Creator/JimmyFallon's "Late Night Snack".
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