Stephen Colbert, Your razor-sharp wit is addicting. It comes as no surprise that your skills as a late-night entertainer would eventually earn you a nightly opportunity to enter our homes as the host of Late Show in 2015. When the cameras stop rolling, you prove yourself as a dynamic and intelligent man of faith. Here’s some of what we love most about you:
You crack us up
When you debuted on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report in 2005, your parody of conservative news hosts proved to be a delightful political balance to Jon Stewart’s liberal character on The Daily Show. When you retired your conservative persona from The Colbert Report in 2014, we weren’t sure how you would toggle into a more politically neutral role on CBS’ Late Show. However, you brought fresh energy, laughs and fans, increasing viewership of the late-night genre. Currently, Late Show garners the most late-night viewers. Over 3.1 million regularly tune in and millions more watch clips of your monologues on YouTube. You help us process challenging political news stories with a smile and chuckle.
For you, humor and faith are intertwined. In fact, in 2012 at a faith conversation on the campus of Fordham University, you joked, “if Jesus doesn’t have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble.”
Your faith guides you
You grew up as the youngest of 11 children in an Irish Catholic family. Unfortunately, at the age of only 8, heartbreaking tragedy struck your home. A devastating plane crash led to the deaths of your father and two brothers. However, you credit your mother’s unwavering faith during this loss as a source of inspiration.
Eventually though, your grief led to a season of atheism in your early 20’s. You said, “I had lost my faith in God, to my own great grief. I was sort of convinced that I had been wrong all this time, that I had been taught something that wasn’t true.”
If Jesus doesn’t have a sense of humor, I am in huge trouble.
At 22, you had a chance encounter with a street evangelist in Chicago who handed you a Bible. God had plans to crack open your heart again. When you turned through the Bible’s pages, reading Jesus’ sermon on the mount, the passage proved powerful enough to bring you back to your faith in Christ.
Today, you attend church regularly with your family and serve as a Sunday School teacher. We can only imagine that you are the most dynamic teacher these kids have ever encountered!
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— Todd Davenport (@sunsopeningband) September 23, 2015
You support our troops
Since 2009, you have shown a commitment to support America’s troops, traveling to Iraq to film a week of The Colbert Report and bring comedic joy to those who were deployed. When you trimmed your hair to a military-style cut to show solidary, it proved to be very touching to the servicemen.
Since that time, you have remained dedicated to supporting the troops, even earning the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Award in 2015, which is the third highest honor that a civilian is eligible to receive from the Army.
Stephen, you always keep us smiling and we are so inspired by your Christian convictions and patriotic spirit. You will always be our favorite late-night host!