Stephen Tyrone Colbert is an American producer, comedian, writer, actor, television host, and political commentator. He is known for the Comedy Central Program show, the CBS talk show, The Colbert Report from 2005 to 2014, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He has won two Grammy Awards, nine Primetime Emmy Awards and three Peabody Awards. He has been named Time’s 100 Most Influential People twice and in 2007 his book I Am America (And So Can You!) was the New York Times Bestseller.
In 2017 and 2018, he was named “The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” by the Hollywood Reporter. He was selected as one of the “Men of the Year” in the December 2017 GQ issue. He was also in the top 50 of vanity Fair’s New Establishment List in 2018. In May 2021, he received an honorary doctorate from Yale University. According to him, he was not much involved in politics before joining The Daily Show. He considers himself a Democrat and in an interview at the Harvard Institute of Politics said he had no problem with the Republicans; he just didn’t like their policies.
The host supports the Medicare for All initiative because it is a sensible solution to Obamacare. When asked about abortion, he states that the decision should be left to the person. On the convergence of politics and faith, he says his views match those of Cesar Chavez. He has a long career in the entertainment world, and he doesn’t mind being political. Initially Colbert did not want to get involved in politics. He then attended an improv session while at Northwestern University, and he was introduced.
Two Biggest Losses
Before attending the sessions, he had different ambitions, but an event changed his life and prevented him from fulfilling his ambitions. The host is deaf and yet managed to make a name for himself. He once revealed how he went through a tragedy as a child. As Vanity Fair shows, the host lost his brothers Peter and Paul and his father in a plane crash in 1974. One thing he remembers from his childhood is that his mother always wore black as a sign that she was always grieving. He immersed himself in fantasy books and science fiction to manage the loss. Despite all this, he worked on his inner self to create a bright future. He developed an interest in comedy and acting and single-handedly created a successful show. “I was personally shattered, and then you reshape yourself in this quiet, grieving world that was created in the house,” he told Anderson Cooper. “It is a gift to exist, and with existence comes suffering. There is no escaping that.”
His hearing problem
He also recognized that loss allows people to understand and connect with others. He is grateful for everything he has been through since it made him strong. When he was a child, he developed problems with his ear that resulted in hearing loss. Speaking to David Letterman, he said he had surgery because of the problem. “Oh, I had something wrong with my ear, so they took it all out with a melon baller,” he said. “Yes, this is just a prop. Doesn’t work at all.”
According to him, the problem was a tumor in the ear that affected his eardrum. After the operation he was completely deaf in the ear. A closer look reveals that his right ear seems different from the other. This meant that he could not follow his dream of becoming a marine biologist the way he wanted. “Now I can’t get my head wet. I mean, I can do it, but I can’t really dive or anything like that,” he says. This condition also led him to develop a condition known as benign positional vertigo. It makes you feel like the world is spinning when they are standing.