The Ultimate Stephen Colbert Quiz

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Where did Stephen Colbert grow up?

Colbert was born in Washington but was raised in Charleston by his mother.

True or false: Stephen Colbert's father and two brothers died in a plane crash when Colbert was just 10 years old.

Colbert's father and two older brothers died on Eastern Airlines Flight 212, which crashed in a North Carolina cornfield in 1974 due to pilot error.

Where did Stephen Colbert attend college?

His sophomore year of college, Colbert transferred from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia to study drama at Northwestern University in Chicago.

What two Comedy Central shows did Stephen Colbert create with fellow comedians Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello?

Colbert met comedians Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello in Chicago's The Second City comedy troupe, and together they created and starred in both "Exit 57" and "Strangers With Candy."

What was Stephen Colbert's character's name on "Strangers With Candy"?

Colbert's character Chuck Noblet is the science teacher who has a relationship with Dinello's character, Geoffrey Jellineck the art teacher.

When did Stephen Colbert start appearing on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart"?

Colbert began appearing in episodes of "The Daily Show" in 1997.

True or false: The San Francisco Zoo named a bald eagle after Colbert.

The eagle, named Stephen Jr., was born in April 2006.

True or false: Stephen Colbert made Jon Stewart cry on Stewart's final episode of "The Daily Show."

Colbert got serious and sincerely thanked Stewart for being so good at his job, which prompted Stewart to lose it.

When did "The Colbert Report" begin airing on Comedy Central?

In fall 2005, "The Colbert Report" began airing, featuring Colbert as a stiff, know-it-all right-wing host.

What sitting president did Stephen Colbert (in character) skewer as the host of the White House Correspondents' Dinner?

Colbert's monologue at the 2006 dinner is still considered one of the most controversial in the history of the event for his ruthless jabs at former President George W. Bush.

What Washington event did Stephen Colbert coordinate with Jon Stewart just before the 2010 midterm elections?

Colbert and Stewart arranged the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear as a parody of events by conservative commentators Glenn Beck and the Rev. Al Sharpton and to get serious dialogue going on issues of the day.

What magazine named Stephen Colbert as one of its 100 most influential people in 2006?

Time magazine included Colbert in its list of the 100 most influential people of 2006. He was also named one of the sexiest men alive by People magazine in November 2006.

What book did Stephen Colbert publish in 2007?

"I Am America (And So Can You!)" is Colbert's satirical book released in 2007. The other books were released later.

True or false: Stephen Colbert had a recurring character on "Saturday Night Live."

True! Colbert was the voice of Ace, of Ace and Gary the Ambiguously Gay Duo. Steve Carell was the voice of Gary.

True or false: Stephen Colbert campaigned to have his portrait hung in the "Treasures of American History" exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington.

True. The National Museum of American History refused, but the National Portrait Gallery accepted it on a temporary basis and hung it between the bathrooms adjacent to the Hall of Presidents.

What was the name of "The Daily Show" segment that included Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell?

Even Stevphen featured Carell and Colbert debating a recent topic, but the two would end up insulting each other instead, sometimes to the point of tears.

How many seasons was "The Colbert Report" on the air?

Stephen Colbert hosted "The Colbert Report" for 11 seasons, from 2005 to 2015.

How many awards was "The Colbert Report" nominated for?

"The Colbert Report" was nominated for 84 awards and won 24, including the 2014 Emmys for outstanding writing for a variety series and outstanding variety series.

Who was the final musical act on the series finale of "The Colbert Report"?

Kendrick Lamar was the last Colbert Report musical guest.

True or false: The grim reaper was Stephen Colbert's featured guest on the final episode of "The Colbert Show."

Colbert's friend "Grimmy," also known as the grim reaper, was one of his final guests on "The Colbert Show."

What was the name of the super PAC Stephen Colbert created during the 2012 presidential election cycle?

In 2011, with the help of Trevor Potter, the former commissioner and chairman of the U.S. Federal Election Commission, Colbert formed Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow.

What prestigious award did "The Colbert Show" win for its segments poking fun at super PACs?

University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which awards the Peabody, gave Colbert the award for "launching his own super PAC as a satirical protest against megabucks politics."

When did the first episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" air?

Colbert took over as host of "The Late Show" on Sept. 8, 2015.

Who were Stephen Colbert's first guests on "The Late Show"?

George Clooney and Jeb Bush were the first two guests of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."

What is the name of the "Late Show" house band?

Colbert selected Jon Batiste and Stay Human as the show's house band.

True or false: "Late Show" band leader Jon Batiste has both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Juilliard.

He's also performed in more than 40 countries and has collaborated with Prince, Lenny Kravitz and Wynton Marsalis.

True or false: "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" is filmed in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

The theater underwent extensive renovations and restorations between David Letterman's retirement and Stephen Colbert's debut.

True or false: Stephen Colbert has a cameo in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."

Colbert actually has a cameo in "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug."

What actor finally stumped Stephen Colbert on "The Lord of the Rings" trivia?

Ryan Gosling's mom stumped Stephen Colbert with a trick question, asking what page of the book a particular scene falls on.

True or false: On the first episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," David Letterman congratulates Colbert in the locker room at the very end of the show.

It is actually Jimmy Fallon who makes a cameo appearance and congratulates Colbert.

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