“My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me, talks like me, but who says things with a straight face that he doesn’t mean”. Lisa Rogak’s biographyof Stephen Colbert, And Nothing but the Truthiness, attempts to distinguish between the man and the character he plays on his Comedy Central program The Colbert Report, and offers a fascinating glimpse of the man behind the character he portrays. The youngest of 11 children, Colbert learned the value of humor from siblings and his parents. He had to deal with tragedy early in his life when his two oldest brothers and his father were killed in a plane crash. Rogak traces his entry into acting, then into comedy in Second City and finally into writingand reporting for the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the launching point for his own program. Known for his sharp wit and interview skills, he has developed a loyal following of fans, members of his Colbert Nation. Colbert has used his program and influence as a vehicle to raise funds for several worthy causes such as educational programs, supporting the military and their families and raising financial support for the U.S. Olympic Speed skating Team. He was surprised at the awarding of the 2006 Word of the Year by Merriam Webster, as well as inclusion in their dictionary, of “truthiness”, created by him in a show segment titled The Word and meaning “preferring concepts of facts one wishes to be true rather than concepts or facts known to be true”. Colbert the character displays lotsof truthiness in his satire, but Colbert the person appears to be a someone that is intelligent, hard-working, family-oriented and multi-talented.