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10 Facts Most People Don't Know About Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert is ditching his conservative persona for late night starting tonight, September 8th! But did you know...?

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1. He was in a Cover Band...

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...for the Rolling Stones! He was the Mick Jagger of "Shot in the Dark" as a teenager.

2. He's a HUGE Tolkien Fan / Via

Colbert would get so excited talking about LOTR that he would often drop his character on the Colbert Report. He speaks Elvish, has hosted panels on LOTR, and even had a cameo in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug along with his family!

4. He Was Once the Understudy of Steve Carrell

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You can see the two perform in a Second City show above. Colbert was Carrell's understudy in a gig before the Colbert Report, while they were both doing improv at Second City in Chicago. Colbert volunteered at the chance, only to discover that he needed to know how to play the baritone horn.

7. He has a ton of things named after him... / Via

...including a bridge in Hungary, a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor, a hockey mascot of a minor league team, a Virgin America airplane, and the treadmill on the International Space Station, and a cocktail.

The "Colbert Bump", created by David Wondrich, is one and a half oz. of gin, one oz. of Cherry Heering liqueur, one quarter of an oz. of lemon juice, and a dash of soda water.

8. He Shut Down the Wikipedia Page for Elephants / Via

Colbert encouraged his followers to write the following on the Elephant wikipedia page: "Elephant population in Africa has tripled over the past six months." It became impossible for Wikipedia to keep the page without the untrue alteration, and so the page was locked. After the page was unlocked, fans continued to attempt to edit the page.

Just ask Wikipedia.

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