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Stephen Tyrone Colbert ( pron.: / k oʊ l ˈ b ɛər / , né: / ˈ k oʊ l b ər t / ; [ 6 ] born May 13, 1964) is an American political satirist , writer , comedian , television host , and actor . He is the host of Comedy Central 's The Colbert Report , a satirical news show in which Colbert portrays a caricatured version of conservative political pundits . Colbert originally studied to be an actor, but became interested in improvisational theatre when he met famed Second City director Del Close while attending Northwestern University .
 Stephen Colbert may play religion for laughs, but his thoughtful Catholicism still shows throughWhen comedian Stephen Colbert brought his act to Capitol Hill last month and stole the spotlight with his satirical shtick, no one was more surprised than lawmakers. "You run your show," House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers scolded him, "we run the committee." When Colbert finally let his well-coiffed hair down and got serious about the "really, really hard work" done by migrant farmworkers, even more people were surprised when the funnyman gave a glimpse of his private faith. "And, you know, whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers, and these seem like the least of our brothers right now," Colbert said, quoting Jesus. "Migrant workers suffer and have no rights."
Kristopher Long/Comedy Central, via Associated Press Stephen Colbert, center, discussing his run for the presidency with Jon Stewart, right, and Trevor Potter on Thursday night's "Colbert Report." Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency
Suburban Colbert comes out dressed in the other Colbert’s guise — dark two-button suit, tasteful Brooks Brothersy tie, rimless Rumsfeldian glasses — and answers questions from the audience for a few minutes. (The questions are usually about things like Colbert’s favorite sport or favorite character from “The Lord of the Rings,” but on one memorable occasion a young black boy asked him, “Are you my father?” Colbert hesitated a moment and then said, “Kareem?”)
Comedian Stephen Colbert hosts a rally in Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 12, 2012. Photograph by Richard Ellis/Getty Images. The Supreme Court has always had its critics. Chief Justice John Marshall had to contend with the temper of President Andrew Jackson (“John Marshall has made his decision, now let him enforce it!”). And Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes went toe-to-toe with FDR, who wouldn’t let up with the court-packing. But in the history of the Supreme Court, nothing has ever prepared the justices for the public opinion wrecking ball that is Stephen Colbert.