Stephen Colbert served as a correspondent from 1997 to 2005, reporting on everything from presidential inaugural balls to the post-Michael Jordan NBA to a segment called So You're Living in a Police State. Born and raised in South Carolina, Colbert launched his comedy career in Chicago at The Second City, where he met Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, with whom he created "Exit 57" and "Strangers with Candy." During his early years in comedy, Colbert worked as a writer and performer on "The Dana Carvey Show," where he began voicing Ace, one half of Robert Smigel's "Ambiguously Gay Duo." In October 2005, Colbert launched his own Emmy Award-winning show on Comedy Central, "The Colbert Report."
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