Stephen Colbert is an American late-night talk show host. Although his program airs after many people have gone to bed, he has a large group of followers who enjoy his cynical and witty humor. It’s a show that’s worth staying up for now and then. He’s enjoyed a long and successful career, and throughout the decades, he’s amassed a small fortune with a current estimated net worth of $45 million. How did he get so rich?
His early years
Colbert was born in 1964 in Washington, D.C.to James, and Lorna Colbert. He hasn’t had an easy life though. Tragedy struck when he was just 10 years old. His mother was a homemaker and his father was an immunologist as well as the dean at Yale University‘s Medical school as well as serving at other universities in the same capacity.
His father and two of his brothers were aboard a plane that crashed and none of them survived. It would be understandable if he had not developed a great sense of humor, but in spite of the pain, he evolved into a comedic political commentator who knows his stuff and he is well-versed in satyr. Colbert was the youngest of 11 kids in the family and his mother was left to raise he and the other 8 siblings who remained.
Early in Colbert’s career, he studied at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. Two years later, he transferred to Northwestern University School of Communication where he graduated in 1986. He also became a member of Chicago’s Second City which is a comedy troupe. He had previously enrolled in improvisation courses there. While working with the troupe, opportunities began to open up for him. He appeared on “Comedy Central” as well as “The Daily Show.” This gained him some recognition with the public and he went on to pursue the two main passions in his life and these were political news and the performing arts. He was invited back for several appearances on “The Daily Show” and because of his appeal to the public in a satirical rendition of the news, he was given the chance to make a bigger name for himself in a spin-off called “The Colbert Report” as host.
Another big break
When late night talk show host David Letterman retired from “The Late Show,” Colbert was chosen to take over his duties on the show. He had big shoes to fill, but he stepped up to the plate and made a name for himself. He’s hosted the show since 2014 and is still going strong in his element, providing his commentary on current political situations that arise. It’s his strong suit and he has a way of presenting real-life events that aren’t funny in ways that make people laugh.
Other career accomplishments
Many people are not aware that Colbert has also provided the voice for characters on “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “The Simpsons,” “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” and others. He is also the author of the book “I am America (and So Can You),” which was published in 2007. He hosted the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards and many other specials. He became friends with funnyman Steve Carell when the two met on the cast of “The Second City.” He’s also appeared in the “Exit 57” comedy sketch series, and he also appeared in the tv series “Shock Asylum.” He’s also a writer and has written for television series such as the “Dana Carvey Show.” He was also in other movies including “Let It Snow,” “Fed Up,” “Strangers with Candy,” Bewitched,” and more. Many of the movies that he appeared in were high grossing box office successes. Did you know that he was also in “Nobody Knows Anything!,” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and “The Great New Wonderful?” He has also lent his voice for a variety of video games including “Outlaw Tennis.”
Stephen Colbert is a family man. He came from a large family and has kids of his own. He is married to Evelyn McGee-Colbert. The couple was wed n 1993. He is also the father of three children. Colbert maintains a lifestyle that is in step with his wealth and fame. He owns a beautiful home, but he’s not a flashy guy.
Awards and Recognition
Colbert has been nominated for a total of 30 Emmy Awards and three Grammys. He’s won nine of the Emmy’s and all three of the Grammys. His excellent performances have not gone unnoticed and each the appearances he has made as the host of major Hollywood events have paid him well. The bulk of his wealth has come from his hard work as a comedian, actor, writer and host.