Samantha Bee Biography

Comedian(1969–)
Samantha Bee is a Canadian-American comedian, writer and television personality, who is a former correspondent of 'The Daily Show' and host of 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.'

Synopsis

Comedian Samantha Bee was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Bee began her professional career acting in commercials and performing with The Atomic Fireballs, an all-female comedy troupe. In 2003, she joined the cast of the wildly popular Daily Show with Jon Stewart and became known for her comedic ability and satirical interview segments. While still at The Daily Show, she has also began acting in numerous television shows and TV movies. After leaving The Daily Show in 2015, Bee became the host of her own comedic news show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee in 2016. 

Biography

Born on October 25, 1969 in Ontario, Canada, comedian Samantha Bee was raised in Toronto and after attending the University of Ottawa, she returned to her home city where she enrolled in the George Brown Theatre School. She began her career acting in commercials and performing with The Atomic Fireballs, an all-female comedy troupe.     Bee got her big break when she became a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in 2003. “It was my favorite show, and I just trained for it like I was an Olympian, honestly. I ate salmon every day, I was like, ‘Brain food!’ ” Bee told People magazine about her Daily Show audition. She became the longest-serving correspondent on The Daily Show and the only female correspondent until 2008 when Kristen Schaal joined the team. In 2015 she announced she'd be leaving The Daily Show to host her own news comedy show on TBS called Full Frontal With Samantha Bee

Full Frontal premiered in February 2016 and earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series. Bee has the distinct honor of being the first female host of a late-night satirical news show. That same year, she interviewed President Barack Obama for her show's Halloween Special. During the interview, she asked the president to tell her a spooky story about the then upcoming election. Obama replied, “Donald Trump would be president.” 

In between various TV projects and appearing in film, Bee penned the memoir, I Know I Am, But What Are You? in 2010. 

Personal Life

Bee met her husband, Jason Jones at a theater gig in Toronto, and the couple married in 2001. Jones is also a Canadian-born comedian and former Daily Show correspondent. Together they created the TBS comedy series The Detour. Bee and Jones have three children together. In 2014, they announced they became U.S. citizens.

Samantha Bee Photo

Samantha Bee attends the TBS For Your Consideration event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

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