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Samantha Bee

Samantha Bee

Samantha Anne Bee (born October 25, 1969)[2][3] is a Canadian-American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, and television host. Bee rose to fame as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she became the longest-serving regular correspondent.[4] In 2015, she departed the show after 12 years to start her own show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Bee became a US citizen in 2014, while retaining her Canadian citizenship. In 2017, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual Time 100 list.

Samantha Bee
Samantha Bee 2017.jpg
Bee in December 2017
Birth nameSamantha Anne Bee[2]
Born(1969-10-25)October 25, 1969
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
CitizenshipCanada (1969–present)
United States (2014–present)
  • Television
  • theatre
  • film
  • books
Alma materUniversity of Ottawa
Years active2000–present
  • Political/news satire
  • improvisational comedy
  • blue comedy
  • sarcasm
  • sketch comedy
  • surreal humor
  • American politics
  • Canadian culture
  • political punditry
  • popular culture
  • current events
  • mass media/news media
  • civil rights
Jason Jones (m. 2001)
Websitesamanthabee.com [105]

Early life

Bee was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Debra and Ronald Bee.[5] She has said of her family: "Dating from well before the turn of the 20th century, if there has ever been a successful, happy marriage in my family lineage, I've yet to hear about it."[6] Bee's parents split up soon after her birth, and she was initially raised by her grandmother, who worked as a secretary at the Catholic school Bee attended,[7] on Roncesvalles Avenue during her childhood. She attended Humberside Collegiate Institute and York Memorial Collegiate Institute.[8]

After graduating from high school, Bee attended McGill University, where she studied humanities. Dissatisfied with a range of issues at the school, she transferred to the University of Ottawa after her first year. At the University of Ottawa, Bee signed up for a theatre class, thinking it would be easy. The class led to Bee discovering her love of performing.[3][7] Bee later enrolled in the George Brown Theatre School in Toronto.[8]


Career beginnings

Bee started auditioning for acting roles in Toronto while working as a waitress.[7] At age 26, Bee toured with a stage production of Sailor Moon where she played the titular role.[7][9] Bee performed in Sailor Moon's "A" cast and future husband Jason Jones was a member of the "B" cast.[7]

Bee was one of the four founding members of Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs.[10] The Fireballs were all women. Demonstrating mutual support, the group would try to perform as many of each other's ideas as they could.[11]

2003–2014 at The Daily Show

Bee became a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on July 10, 2003.[12] Bee was the sole female correspondent on The Daily Show from her debut in 2003 until Kristen Schaal joined the show in March 2008. She was The Daily Show's first non-US citizen correspondent.[13] On that program, Bee demonstrated an ability to coax people into caricaturing themselves—particularly in segments like "Kill Drill", on hunters and fossil fuel executives claiming to be environmentalists;[14] "They So Horny?",[15] on the dearth of Asian men in U.S. pornography; "Tropical Repression", on Ed Heeney, a Florida politician running his campaign based on opposition to gay rights;[16] "The Undecided", an over-the-top look at the undecided voters leading up to the 2004 US presidential elections; the "Samantha Bee's So You Want To Bee A..." report series, which humorously caricatured the way in which one can easily obtain a certain job, like becoming a 527 group; and a segment entitled "NILFs" ("News I'd Like to F#@k"), discussing the sexiness of news anchors: "CNN has the wholesome girl-next-door NILFs, the kind you can bring home to meet your mother. MSNBC has the dirty-over-30 NILFs. Fox has the filthy NILFs who will report anything. They're the Hustler of NILFs."[17]

Bee had her first starring role in a feature film in 2004 with the Canadian independent film Ham & Cheese, co-written by her husband Jason Jones and starring Canadian comics Scott Thompson and Dave Foley.[18] The film marked Bee's first starring role.[19] She won a Canadian Comedy Award for "Pretty Funny Female Performance" for her role.[19] Jones joined The Daily Show as a correspondent in 2005, two years after his wife.[20][21] Jones became a freelance correspondent for the show while Bee reduced her workload during her pregnancy.[21]

In December 2005, on The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly used a clip of Bee from The Daily Show as an example of "The War on Christmas", presenting it as having aired recently. The satirical clip featured Bee mentioning how Christmas was the only religious holiday that's also a federal holiday in the United States, with O'Reilly talking about "Secular Central...excuse me, Comedy Central".[22][23] Jon Stewart responded on his show; inviting Bee out for a discussion, and unlike in the clip that aired on Factor, Bee was visibly eight months pregnant. Bee joked it was obvious that the footage O'Reilly showed was a year old (it originally aired in 2004) because she had different highlights in her hair, before stating that her water had just broken.[24][19] Bee was recognized with a 2005 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female TV Performance for her work on The Daily Show.[25]

On January 20, 2008, Bee finished as the highest scoring celebrity in the CBC game show Test The Nation. She had a minor role in Episode 15, "Spy Something or Get Out", of Little Mosque on the Prairie. Bee also appeared in the 12th episode of Season 20 of Law & Order ("Blackmail", episode 445), which aired on January 15, 2010. She played a minor role in an episode of the HBO series Bored to Death. She appeared as herself on the "Madame President" episode of The Electric Company. Bee also did a guest voice role of a talk show hostess named Pam in the Season 2 finale of Bob's Burgers, in addition to providing the voice for Lyla Lolliberry for two episodes in Season 4 of Phineas and Ferb. She appeared on Sesame Street during Season 42 as Mother Goose. In 2009, Bee appeared in the original cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[26] That same year, she had a small role in the comedy Whatever Works, written and directed by Woody Allen.[27]

Bee authored a book titled I Know I Am, But What Are You?,[5] which was published in 2010.[28] She became the longest-serving regular Daily Show correspondent after passing Stephen Colbert's record in 2011.[4] The same year, Bee collaborated with her longtime friend Allana Harkin on the parenting blog "Eating Over the Sink" for the online magazine Babble.[29] In 2012, she appeared in Ken Finkleman's series Good God as Shandy Sommers, a devoutly Christian cable news host. She has also played roles in the series Bounty Hunters and Game On. In 2014, Bee was a panellist on Canada Reads, the CBC's annual national book debate. She defended Rawi Hage's novel Cockroach.[30] On October 7, 2014, in the absence of Jon Stewart, she co-hosted The Daily Show with Jones.[10]

2015–present: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

In March 2015, it was announced that she would leave The Daily Show – after 12 years – to host her own satirical news show on TBS.[31][32] Bee departed The Daily Show on April 30, 2015.[33] Her new show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, debuted on February 8, 2016.[34] With the program's debut, Bee became the first woman to host a late-night satire show.[11] Bee also tried to implement a hiring process which would give her show a more diverse staff than what is typical for a late night comedy show.[11] The first season of Full Frontal generated critical acclaim[35][36] and in November 2016, the show was renewed for a second season throughout 2017.[37]

Bee is an executive producer of the TBS comedy series The Detour (2016–present), which she created with her husband, Jason Jones.[38] One year into Bee's run on Full Frontal, Time named Bee one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[39] On April 29, 2017, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee hosted "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" which aired on TBS the same evening.[40] In July 2017, Bee's "Nasty Woman Shirt" campaign raised over $1 million for Planned Parenthood.[41] In January 2018, TBS renewed Full Frontal for a third and fourth season, set to air through 2020. Bee's deal with Turner runs through 2022.[42]

In an episode of Full Frontal aired on May 30, 2018, Bee called Ivanka Trump a "feckless cunt", after talking about the immigration policy of Donald Trump.[43][44] The day after the segment aired, Bee apologized and "deeply [regretted]" the comment.[45] Comedians Kathy Griffin, Michelle Wolf, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart defended Bee, with Stewart suggesting much of the outrage over the joke was strategic rather than genuine.[46] The show featured fewer national advertisements the following week.[47] Bee began the episode with an apology to any women she had offended and lamenting that one bad word had overshadowed the policy of detaining illegal immigrant children which she had been criticizing.[48][49]

In December 2018, it was announced that Bee has launched a new production company, called Swimsuit Competition, as well as signing a first-look deal with TBS. The company will focus on narrative and develop documentary television projects for TBS.[50]


Bee has credited Jon Stewart as one of her major influences,[51] and in several interviews she has said that her other comedic influences include Steve Martin, David Letterman, Mary Tyler Moore, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Betty White,[52] and Joan Rivers.[53]

Personal life

In 2001, Bee married actor and writer Jason Jones, whom she first met in 1996.[7] They reside in Manhattan, New York.[54] In January 2006, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter, then returned to The Daily Show in March 2006.[54] On January 24, 2008, Bee announced a second pregnancy on air during a bit about the media's coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign.[55] In 2008, their second child, a son, was born.[56] Their third child, another daughter, was born in late 2010.[57] During her third pregnancy, Bee joked she and Jones were "just procreating like we're farmers."[58]

Bee holds both Canadian and United States citizenship after being naturalized as an American citizen in 2014.[59][60]



2004Ham & CheeseBeth Goodson
2008Coopers' CameraNancy Cooper
2008The Love GuruCinnabon Cashier
2009Whatever WorksChess Mother
2009MotherhoodAlison Hopper
2010Date NightWoman in Times SquareUncredited
2010Furry VengeancePrincipal Baker
2014Learning to DriveDebbie
2015Get SquirrelyRaitch (voice)aka A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown
2018Elliot the Littlest ReindeerHazel (voice)


2000Real Kids, Real AdventuresNeighbourEpisode: "Explosion: The Christopher Wise Story”
2003–2015The Daily Show with Jon StewartHerself (correspondent)332 episodes
2003Jasper, TexasKathyTelevision film
2005Odd Job JackLinda Callahan (voice)Episode: "Law and Lawless"
2006Love MonkeyCarol Dulac – Letterman BookerEpisode: "The One That Got Away"
2007Not This But ThisVariousAlso co-producer
2007Little Mosque on the PrairieNancy LaytonEpisode: "Spy Something or Get Out"
2007Rescue MeReal Estate AgentEpisode: "Animal"
2007Two FamiliesTelevision film
2009–2011Bored to DeathRenee Dalton3 episodes
2010Law & OrderVanessa CarvilleEpisode: "Blackmail"**
2010Love LettersMelissaTelevision film
2010–2012Sesame StreetMother Goose2 episodes
2011Michael: Tuesdays and ThursdaysNancy SladeEpisode: "Sweating"
2012Good GodShandy Sommers9 episodes
2012–2017Bob's BurgersPam, Nurse Liz (voice)4 episodes
2013Bounty HuntersStacy (voice)13 episodes
2013–2014Phineas and FerbLyla Lolliberry, additional voices2 episodes
2013–2017Creative GalaxyMom (voice)22 episodes
2014The Michael J. Fox ShowDr. YoungEpisode: "Surprise"
2014DeadbeatDarcy2 episodes
2015Halal In The FamilyWendyEpisode: "The Amazing Race"
2015–2016Game OnGeri25 episodes
2016–presentFull Frontal with Samantha BeeHerself (host)Also creator, writer, executive producer
2016–presentThe DetourNate's Mother2 episodes
2017The History of ComedyHerself2 episodes

As crew member

2016–presentThe DetourCo-creator, writer, executive producer


2009Love, Loss, and What I WoreN/AWestside Theatre[61]

Published works

  • America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction. Warner Books. 2004. ISBN 978-0-446-53268-6.

  • Bee, Samantha (2010). I Know I Am, But What Are You? [106] . Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-4391-4273-8.

  • Bee, Samantha (2016). Cracking Up. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 978-0-374-30199-6.

  • Bee, Samantha (2017). The Simple Vegan Recipe Book. Amazon. ASIN B075W3QKHY [107] .

Awards and nominations

2005Canadian Comedy AwardsFilm – Pretty Funny Performance – FemaleHam & CheeseNominated[62]
Television – Pretty Funny Female PerformanceThe Daily Show with Jon StewartWon[13]
2009Best Performance by a Female – FilmCoopers' CameraWon[63]
2012Best Performance by a Female – TelevisionGood GodNominated[64]
2013Canadian Screen AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic SeriesNominated[65]
2015Canadian Comedy AwardsCanadian Comedy Person of the YearN/AWon[66]
2016Women's Media CenterHistory Making AwardN/AWon[67]
Television Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in News and InformationFull Frontal with Samantha BeeWon[68]
Individual Achievement in ComedyNominated[69]
Gold Derby AwardsBest Variety PerformerWon[70]
Best Variety SeriesNominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesNominated[71]
Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Talk ShowNominated[72]
Producers Guild of America AwardsOutstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk TelevisionNominated[73]
Dorian AwardsTV Current Affairs Show of the YearWon[74]
Wilde Wit of the YearNominated[75]
2017Gracie AwardsOn-Air Talent – Entertainment or SportsWon[76]
Shorty AwardsBest ComedianNominated[77]
MTV Movie & TV AwardsBest HostNominated[78]
Television Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in News and InformationNominated[79]
Gold Derby AwardsBest Variety SeriesNominated[80]
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Variety Talk SeriesNominated[71]
Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesNominated
Outstanding Variety SpecialNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Variety SpecialWon
Glamour Women of the Year AwardsThe Late-Night HeroWon[81]
Producers Guild of America AwardOutstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk TelevisionNominated[82]
Dorian AwardsTV Current Affairs Show of the YearWon[83]
Wilde Wit of the YearNominated[84]
Writers Guild of America AwardComedy/Variety – Talk SeriesNominated[85]
2018Gracie AwardsSpecialWon[86]
Academy of Television Arts & SciencesTelevision Academy HonorWon[87]
Canadian Comedy AwardsComedic Artist of the YearNominated[88]
Television Critics Association AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Sketch/Variety ShowsNominated[89]
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Variety Talk SeriesNominated[90]
Outstanding Variety SpecialNominated[91]
Outstanding Writing for a Variety SeriesNominated[71]
Outstanding Writing for a Variety SpecialNominated
Outstanding Interactive ProgramNominated
Gold Derby AwardsBest Variety SeriesNominated[92]
Dorian AwardsTV Current Affairs Show of the YearWon[93]
Wilde Wit of the YearNominated
Writers Guild of America AwardComedy/Variety – Talk SeriesNominated[94]
2019GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode[1]Won[95]


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