Stephen Colbert High School:
|Episcopal Porter-Gaud School, Charleston, South Carolina|
Stephen Colbert College:
|Hampden-Sydney College of Virginia Northwestern University|
If the saying is true, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger", then Stephen Colbert must be so very strong. His education was based in the school of hard knocks. The youngest out of eleven children, he was born May 13th, 1964 in Washington, D. C. Sometimes out of the ashes of the greatest tragedies there can rise the most beautiful creations. In this case, a wonderful comedian was born through surviving the refiners fire of death. When Stephen turned ten, his father and two of his brothers was killed in a plane crash. He immediately drew into himself; while there he discovered a deep love of science fiction and fantasy, in the style of J. R. R. Tolkien. While attending the Episcopal Porter-Gaud school in Charleston, Mr. Colbert began to renew who he was, finding great pleasure in participating in many plays. After graduating there he enrolled at the Hampden-Sydney College of Virginia desiring to major in philosophy. But, memories of the joys of performing live on stage were too strong, and he soon transferred to Northwestern University to continue his education with a major in theater. His training and pure determination to continue through all circumstances paid off; after graduating in 1986 he moved the Windy City and took a job at one of Chicago's greatest comedy clubs, Second City. Taking one opportunity after another, this delightfully humorous comedian ended up with his own political show, "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central. Ever seeking out the humor in a sometimes dark world, Stephen Colbert continues to teach us that laughter really is the best medicine.