• Colbert was an avid fantasy RPG player as an adolescent, a pastime to which he partly attributes his interest in acting. He was known to be an enthusiast of Lord of the Rings and the fantasy game Dungeons & Dragons , a fascination that began in high school. When Viggo Mortensen appeared on The Daily Show , a sound-clip was played of Colbert reciting the detailed lineage and personal history of Mortensen's character, Aragorn . To reciprocate, Mortensen sent Colbert a platter of Lord of the Rings characters molded in chocolate . Stewart quipped that the gift would give Colbert a "four-hour erection ." Later, on June 7 , 2006 , Colbert noticed that CNN had, in its coverage of June 6 (6/6/06) put the picture of a Balrog in place of a devil . He spent a minute describing the difference between devils and Balrogs: "A devil is a fallen angel who refused to follow God and followed Satan into Hell ; Balrogs are Maiar who refused to follow Eru and followed Morgoth into Thangorodrim ."

    Colbert is deaf in his right ear , as he has no ear drum in it. "I always wanted to be a marine biologist ... but then I had this ear problem. I have no ear drum. (Flicks his ear.) So I had this operation at the Medical University when I was a kid. Now I can't get my head wet. I mean, I can, but I can't really scuba dive or anything like that. So that killed my marine biology hopes."  He once joked to The New Yorker that "I had this weird tumor as a kid, and they scooped it out with a melon baller." On March 16 , 2006 , Colbert featured a review from Orlando Sentinel columnist Commander Coconut in his "Who's Attacking Me Now?" segment. The review stated that Coconut was unable to pay attention to anything but Colbert's ears, as his right one sticks out slightly. In a call to Coconut regarding the review, Colbert stated that the doctor also noticed it stuck out slightly when he pulled the tumor out. Colbert continued his diatribe for several minutes to the growing mortification of Coconut. After the replay of the phone conversation, however, Colbert stated that he had not in fact had a tumor in his ear.


Professional life

  • Colbert was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People for 2006.
    Within twenty-four hours over the weekend of April 29-30, 2006, Colbert was the keynote speaker at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner ; co-hosted Saturday Night Live as the voice of animated character Ace, with Steve Carell's Gary; and was profiled on 60 Minutes .

    Colbert was the commencement speaker for the class of 2006 at Knox College . Colbert also received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the college on June 3, 2006. [22] On the June 8, 2006 show his Executive Producer credit changed to Dr Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A. to reflect this.

    Colbert performed, in his deadpan newsanchor voice, the opening narration of the play / film Hedwig and the Angry Inch ("On August 13 , 1961 , in the middle of the city of Berlin ...") as a track for the Wig in a Box (2003) CD, a compilation of music from and inspired by the play / film. His narration segues into Spoon performing "Tear Me Down."

    Colbert read the part of Leopold Bloom in Bloomsday on Broadway XXIV: Love Literature Language Lust: Leopold's Women Bloom on June 16, 2005 at Symphony Space in New York City. Bloomsday is the annual celebration of one of literature's most famous days, June 16 , 1904, from James Joyce 's Ulysses .

    The San Francisco Zoo recently named a baby bald eagle after Colbert. He features clips of the bird occasionally on his show.




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