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Stephen Colbert

Host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

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Stephen Colbert Biography

Stephen Colbert was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, the youngest of 11 children. In 1974, when he was 10, Colbert experienced what was likely the defining event of his childhood when his father and two of his brothers were killed in a plane crash. Colbert found a way to express himself through acting, which he did in several school plays at Charleston's Episcopal Porter-Gaud School. He later enrolled at Hampden-Sydney College of Virginia with the intention of becoming a philosophy major, but it wasn’t long before he reconsidered and transferred to Northwestern University, enrolling as a theater major.

After graduating from Northwestern in 1986, Colbert moved to Chicago and took a job in the offices of the Second City comedy troupe. Two years later, after taking improv classes there, he was asked to join the traveling group. He accepted the offer and spent the next two years on the road. At Second City, he met comedians Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, and together they created and starred in two TV series: the sketch show "Exit 57" (1995–1996) and the spoof of after-school specials "Strangers with Candy" (1999–2000). In 1997, just before "Strangers" got picked up by Comedy Central, Colbert began appearing in episodes of "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart as a conservative correspondent, in the guise of a humorless but hilarious persona he had perfected.

In the fall of 2005, "The Colbert Report" began airing on Comedy Central, featuring Colbert as a starchy, blustery right-wing host — a parody of pundits who dominated the talk show airwaves. The show was instantly one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated shows, bringing in over a million viewers per episode in its first week. Six months after "The Colbert Report" debuted Colbert appeared as the featured speaker at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. With President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush just a few feet away, Colbert proceeded to give an off-color tirade that left the audience silent and had the critics divided—some praised him and others said he had crossed the line into disrespect. The controversy only ignited his popularity, though, and "The Colbert Report" has been a Comedy Central powerhouse, winning several Emmys, including 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Variety Series. Offscreen, Colbert published "I Am America (and So Can You!)" in 2007 and contributed to 2004’s "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction."

On December 18, 2014, Colbert appeared in his final episode of "The Colbert Report." His featured guest for the program was his friend "Grimmy," also known as the grim reaper. In April 2014, after David Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015, Colbert was selected to replace him. In 2018, Colbert opened up to Rolling Stone about his battles with anxiety. He said he used to take medication, until realizing during his time with Second City that the symptoms went away while he was performing.

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America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't

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I Am A Pole (And So Can You!)

I Am America (And So Can You!)

I Am America (And So Can You!)

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) Teacher's Edition: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

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  • How do I book Stephen Colbert to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Stephen Colbert for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Stephen Colbert, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Stephen Colbert or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Stephen Colbert

    Speaking fees for Stephen Colbert, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Stephen Colbert are $100,000 - $200,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Stephen Colbert, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Stephen Colbert speak about?

  • Where does Stephen Colbert travel from?

    Stephen Colbert generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Stephen Colbert’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Stephen Colbert for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Stephen Colbert for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Stephen Colbert or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Host of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

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Stephen Colbert Biography

Stephen Colbert was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, the youngest of 11 children. In 1974, when he was 10, Colbert experienced what was likely the defining event of his childhood when his father and two of his brothers were killed in a plane crash. Colbert found a way to express himself through acting, which he did in several school plays at Charleston's Episcopal Porter-Gaud School. He later enrolled at Hampden-Sydney College of Virginia with the intention of becoming a philosophy major, but it wasn’t long before he reconsidered and transferred to Northwestern University, enrolling as a theater major.

After graduating from Northwestern in 1986, Colbert moved to Chicago and took a job in the offices of the Second City comedy troupe. Two years later, after taking improv classes there, he was asked to join the traveling group. He accepted the offer and spent the next two years on the road. At Second City, he met comedians Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, and together they created and starred in two TV series: the sketch show "Exit 57" (1995–1996) and the spoof of after-school specials "Strangers with Candy" (1999–2000). In 1997, just before "Strangers" got picked up by Comedy Central, Colbert began appearing in episodes of "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart as a conservative correspondent, in the guise of a humorless but hilarious persona he had perfected.

In the fall of 2005, "The Colbert Report" began airing on Comedy Central, featuring Colbert as a starchy, blustery right-wing host — a parody of pundits who dominated the talk show airwaves. The show was instantly one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated shows, bringing in over a million viewers per episode in its first week. Six months after "The Colbert Report" debuted Colbert appeared as the featured speaker at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. With President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush just a few feet away, Colbert proceeded to give an off-color tirade that left the audience silent and had the critics divided—some praised him and others said he had crossed the line into disrespect. The controversy only ignited his popularity, though, and "The Colbert Report" has been a Comedy Central powerhouse, winning several Emmys, including 2013 and 2014 awards for Outstanding Variety Series. Offscreen, Colbert published "I Am America (and So Can You!)" in 2007 and contributed to 2004’s "America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction."

On December 18, 2014, Colbert appeared in his final episode of "The Colbert Report." His featured guest for the program was his friend "Grimmy," also known as the grim reaper. In April 2014, after David Letterman announced his plans to retire in 2015, Colbert was selected to replace him. In 2018, Colbert opened up to Rolling Stone about his battles with anxiety. He said he used to take medication, until realizing during his time with Second City that the symptoms went away while he was performing.

Stephen Colbert Videos

  • Stephen's New Puppy Benny Makes His Late Show Debut
    Our host claps back at a CDC report warning dog owners that their pets can make them sick. One look at Stephen's new puppy Benny and you'll probably...
  • Stephen Colbert's funny farewell to Wake Forest University class of 2015
    Stephen Colbert delivers a witty commencement address at Wake Forest University. CBSN's Elaine Quijano and Meg Oliver show us the full speech.
  • Stephen Colbert Salutes UVA's Class of 2013
    Stephen Colbert delivers the 2013 Valedictory Address at the University of Virginia. He first steals the show by pretending to steal the class...

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  • How do I book Stephen Colbert to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Stephen Colbert for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Stephen Colbert, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Stephen Colbert or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Stephen Colbert

    Speaking fees for Stephen Colbert, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Stephen Colbert are $100,000 - $200,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Stephen Colbert, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Stephen Colbert speak about?

  • Where does Stephen Colbert travel from?

    Stephen Colbert generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Stephen Colbert’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Stephen Colbert for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Stephen Colbert for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Stephen Colbert or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Stephen Colbert is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Stephen Colbert for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Stephen Colbert generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Trevor Noah, Bill Maher, John Oliver, Andy Cohen and Kal Penn. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Stephen Colbert for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Stephen Colbert Speaker Videos

  • Stephen's New Puppy Benny Makes His Late Show Debut
    Our host claps back at a CDC report warning dog owners that their pets can make them sick. One look at Stephen's new puppy Benny and you'll probably agree it's worth the risk. #LSSC #Colbert #Dogs
    Stephen Colbert's funny farewell to Wake Forest University class of 2015
    Stephen Colbert delivers a witty commencement address at Wake Forest University. CBSN's Elaine Quijano and Meg Oliver show us the full speech.
  • Stephen Colbert Salutes UVA's Class of 2013
    Stephen Colbert delivers the 2013 Valedictory Address at the University of Virginia. He first steals the show by pretending to steal the class check, a gift to U.Va., saying he would have spoken...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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