Stephen Colbert is an American comedian and satirist known for his dramatic style and deadpan comedic delivery. He is most famous for his work as a former cast member of The Daily Show, and as the star of its spin-off, The Colbert Report. The latter is a detournement of personality-driven, politically conservative news and opinion shows, especially Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor and Sean Hannity from Hannity & Colmes. Colbert has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people for 2006.
On television, Stephen Colbert the actor plays a character of the same name. This entry refers mostly to the "real" Colbert, and not his distinct, fictional namesake.