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And Nothing But the Truthiness

The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert

Lisa Rogak

Thomas Dunne Books

A funny and personal portrait of the comedian who became the headline-making, ground-breaking star of The Colbert Report.

“My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me and talks like me, but who says things with a straight face [that] he doesn’t mean.”
—Stephen Colbert
 
No other comedian can generate headlines today the way Stephen Colbert can. With his appearance at a Congressional hearing, his rally in Washington, D.C., his bestselling book, his creation of the now-accepted word truthiness, and of course his popular TV show, nearly everyone (except the poor Congressional fools who agree to be interviewed on his show) has heard of him.

Yet all these things are part of a character also named Stephen Colbert. Who is he really? In And Nothing But the Truthiness, biographer Lisa Rogak examines the man behind the character. She reveals the roots of his humor, growing up as the youngest of eleven siblings, and the tragedy that forever altered the family. She charts his early years earning his chops first as a serious acting student and later as a budding impov comic, especially his close connection with Amy Sedaris, which led to the cult TV show Strangers with Candy. And Rogak offers a look inside how The Daily Show works, and the exclusive bond that Colbert and Jon Stewart formed that would lead to Colbert’s own rise to celebrity.

A behind-the-scenes look into the world of one of the biggest comedians in America, And Nothing But the Truthiness is a terrific read for any resident of Colbert Nation.

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CHAPTER 1
 

WHEN STEPHEN TYRONE COLBERT was born, he was the youngest of eleven children—as well as the last—and the first new baby to arrive in the household in five years, which was an eternity considering that his parents brought seven of those older children into the world in just under a decade.
From the day he was brought home from the hospital, his siblings regarded Stephen in the same way they would a new puppy. “My three sisters had a live baby doll: me,” he said.
“He had lots of attention paid to him and was carried around,” said
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Praise for And Nothing But the Truthiness:
 
“In this carefully crafted, behind-the-scenes biography, Rogak succeeds in uncovering the ‘truthiness’ about the real Colbert.”
Booklist
 
“When The Colbert Report was launched in 2005, the entire premise was based on that character, and enthusiastic fans will delight in Rogak’s lengthy, detailed behind-the-scenes coverage of both the show and Colbert’s controversial keynote speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The 40 pages of bibliographic notes indicate her extensive research for this engaging, entertaining biography, which succeeds in capturing Colbert’s anarchic, iconoclastic spirit.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“Gives us insight into the man behind the mouth.”
—Kirkus Reviews
 
"A conversational, multiperspective account of his life. ... This is the first major biography of Colbert and one fans will appreciate."
--Library Journal
 
"Ms. Rogak’s method of introducing Colbert the Person and Colbert the Character is near faultless. ... This biography could have easily been titled The Tale of Two Colberts; however, Colbert’s signature 'truthiness' seems to befit the style and enjoyment Ms. Rogak obviously had writing And Nothing But the Truthiness."
--New York Journal of Books
 
"As close to a bio of the man — rather than the persona who hosts 'The Colbert Report' — that we'll see anytime soon."
--New York Daily News
 
"With a subject as interesting as Stephen Colbert the person, and discussion of a concept as original as the character of Stephen Colbert, the book is definitely worth reading."
--Washington Independent Review of Books
 
Praise for Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King:
 
Haunted Heart is a thoroughly respectful overview of King’s life, and a great starter biography for new fans.”
—The Boston Globe
 
“Rogak … has pieced together King’s sometimes erratic life scrupulously into a clean, swift read.”
—The Times (UK)
 
Praise for A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein:

“An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover.”
Library Journal
 
“A tribute to the unusual life of an extraordinary man.”
The Daily Texan
 
“Rogak doesn’t miss a beat.”
The Daily Californian

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Lisa Rogak

  • LISA ROGAK is the author of more than forty books. She is the author of the Edgar- and Anthony-nominated Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King and is the editor of the New York Times–bestselling book Barack Obama in His Own Words.
  • Lisa Rogak
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