• Erik Fogel

This Day in Speech & Debate History! Stephen Colbert! Debater & Television Host!

“I used to make up stuff in my bio all the time, that I used to be a professional ice-skater and stuff like that. I found it so inspirational. Why not make myself cooler than I am?” - Stephen Colbert


On this Day, May 13th, Happy Birthday to Stephen Colbert. High School Debater, Comedian, Television Host, Producer, and New York Times Bestselling Author.


He is best known for hosting the Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014 on Comedy Central and then hired to replace David Letterman to host the Late Show.


Colbert won nine Primetime Emmy Awards, two Grammy Awards, and two Peabody Awards. Colbert was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in 2006 and 2012. Colbert's book, I Am America (And So Can You!), was listed No. 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list in 2007.


Colbert was on the speech and debate team at high school, The Porter-

Gaud School in South Carolina, Class of 1982. He was also member of the National Speech and Debate Association.


Colbert went on to study at Northwestern University with the intent of becoming an actor. There he became involved in the campus improv team. From there he took on several positions in improv and then comedy.


“There's an old saying about those who forget history. I don't remember it, but it's good.”

― Stephen Colbert

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