Who Is Samantha Bee?
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. After leaving The Daily Show in 2015, Bee became the host of her own comedic news show, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee in 2016.
Early Life and Career
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 and 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.
'The Daily Show'
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, Bee 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.
Bee found herself in hot water following a May 2018 monologue in which she targeted Ivanka Trump. Directing her to do something about President Trump's immigration policy, Bee called her a "feckless c***" and suggested her dad would pay attention if she put on a revealing outfit. Her comments came shortly after ABC pulled the plug on the Roseanne reboot for Roseanne Barr's racist tweets, prompting critics to ask why Bee wasn't being punished in similar fashion. The Full Frontal host apologized the following day, with TBS announcing its support for her taking "the right action in apologizing for the vile and inappropriate language."
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.
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