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Samantha Bee
Bee in February 2011

(1969-10-25) October 25, 1969 (age 47)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Residence New York City, New York, United States
Nationality Canadian
  • Canada
  • United States[1]
  • Television
  • theatre
  • film
  • books
Alma mater University of Ottawa
Years active 2003–present
Spouse Jason Jones (m. 2001)
Children 3

Samantha Bee (born October 25, 1969)[2] is a Canadian-American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress, media critic, and television host. Bee holds both Canadian and United States citizenship after being naturalized as an American citizen.[1] Bee is best known for being a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she became the longest-serving regular correspondent.[3] In 2015, she departed the show after 12 years to start her own show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

In 2017, Time named Bee one of the 100 most influential people in the world on their annual Time 100 list.

Early life and education

Bee was born in Toronto, Ontario, and 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."[4] 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,[5] on Roncesvalles Avenue during her childhood. She attended Humberside Collegiate Institute and York Memorial Collegiate Institute.

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.[5] Bee later enrolled in the George Brown Theatre School in Toronto.[6]


Bee started auditioning for acting roles in Toronto while working as a waitress.[5] At age 26 Bee toured with a stage production of Sailor Moon where she played the title role.[5][7] Bee performed in Sailor Moon's "A" cast and future husband Jason Jones was a member of the "B" cast.[5]

Bee was one of the four founding members of Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs.[8] The Fireballs were all women. Demonstrating mutual support, the group would try to perform as many of each other's ideas as they could.[9]

The Daily Show

Bee then became a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on July 10, 2003.[10] 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;[11] "They So Horny?",[12] 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;[13] "The Undecided", an over-the-top look at the undecided voters leading up to the 2004 U.S. 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."[14]

She had her first starring role in a feature film in 2004 with the Canadian independent film Ham & Cheese, co-written by Jones, and starring Canadian comics Scott Thompson and Dave Foley.[15] The film marked Bee's first starring role.[16] She won a Canadian Comedy Award for "Pretty Funny Female Performance" for her role.[16]

Jones joined The Daily Show as a correspondent in 2005, two years after his wife.[17][18] Jones became a freelance correspondent for the show while Bee reduced her workload during her pregnancy.[18]

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".[19][20] 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.[21][16]

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.[22] Bee was recognized with a 2005 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female TV Performance for her work on The Daily Show.[23] In 2009, she appeared in the original cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[24] That same year, she had a cameo role in the comedy Whatever Works, written and directed by Woody Allen.[25]

Bee authored the book I Know I Am, But What Are You?,[26] which was published in 2010.[27]

On October 7, 2014, she co-hosted The Daily Show with her husband Jason Jones, in the absence of Jon Stewart.[8]

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

In March 2015, it was announced that she would leave The Daily Show to host her own satirical news show on TBS.[28][29] Bee departed The Daily Show on April 30, 2015.[30] Her new show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, debuted on February 8, 2016.[31] With the program's debut, Bee became the first woman to host a late-night satire show.[9] 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.[9] The first season of Full Frontal generated critical acclaim[32][33] and in November 2016, the show was renewed for a second season throughout 2017.[34]

One year into Bee's run on Full Frontal, Time named Bee one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[35] On April 29, 2017, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee hosted a gala counter to the White House Correspondents Dinner which aired on TBS the same evening.[36]

Guest appearances

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 on an episode of the HBO series Bored to Death.

Bee appeared as herself on the "Madame President" episode of The Electric Company, in which she moderated a debate between two candidates Lisa Heffenbacher and Francine Carruthers running for president of a book club. Later in the show, she appeared as a newscaster announcing the election results, finally choosing Lisa to be the winner. 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 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 panelist on Canada Reads, the CBC's annual national book debate. She defended Rawi Hage's novel Cockroach.[37] Bee appeared in two episodes of the TBS comedy series The Detour, which she created with her husband Jason Jones.


Bee has credited Jon Stewart as one of her major influences,[38] 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,[39] and Joan Rivers.[40]

Personal life

Married to actor and fellow Daily Show cast member Jason Jones since 2001, Bee lives in Manhattan, New York. In January 2006, she gave birth to Piper Bee-Jones. Bee returned to The Daily Show in March 2006.[41]

On January 24, 2008, Bee announced a second pregnancy on air during a bit about the media's coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign.[42] In 2008, their second child, Fletcher Bee-Jones, was born.[43] Their third child, a daughter named Ripley, was born in late 2010.[44][45] During her third pregnancy, Bee joked she and Jones were "just procreating like we're farmers."[46]

Bee holds both Canadian and United States citizenship after being naturalized as an American citizen in 2014.[1][47][48][49]



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Ham & Cheese Beth Goodson
2007 Underdog Principal
2008 Coopers' Camera Nancy Cooper
The Love Guru Cinnabon Cashier
2009 Whatever Works Chess Mother
Motherhood Alison Hopper
2010 Date Night Woman in Times Square Uncredited
Furry Vengeance Principal Baker
2014 Learning to Drive Debbie
2015 Get Squirrely Raitch (voice) aka A.C.O.R.N.S.: Operation Crackdown
Sisters Liz
TBA Elliot the Littlest Reindeer Hazel (voice) Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Real Kids, Real Adventures Neighbour Episode: "Explosion: The Christopher Wise Story"
2001 The Endless Grind Various roles
Ham I Am Television film
2003–2015 The Daily Show Herself (correspondent) 332 episodes
2003 Jasper, Texas Kathy Television film
2005 Odd Job Jack Linda Callahan (voice) Episode: "Law and Lawless"
2006 Love Monkey Carol Dulac - Letterman Booker Episode: "The One That Got Away"
2007 Not This But This Various TV series
Little Mosque on the Prairie Nancy Layton Episode: "Spy Something or Get Out"
Rescue Me Real Estate Agent Episode: "Animal"
Two Families Television film
2009–2011 Bored to Death Renee Dalton 3 episodes
2010 Law & Order Vanessa Carville Episode: "Blackmail
Love Letters Melissa Television film
2010–2012 Sesame Street Mother Goose 2 episodes
2011 Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays Nancy Slade Episode: "Sweating"
2012 Good God Shandy Sommers 9 episodes
2012–present Bob's Burgers Pam, Nurse Liz (voice) 4 episodes
2013 Bounty Hunters Stacy (voice) 13 episodes
2013–2014 Phineas and Ferb Lyla Lolliberry, additional voices 2 episodes
2013–present Creative Galaxy Mom (voice) 22 episodes
2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Dr. Young Episode: "Surprise"
Deadbeat Darcy 2 episodes
2015 Halal In The Family Wendy Episode: "The Amazing Race"
2015–2016 Game On Geri 25 episodes
2016–present Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Herself (host) Also creator, writer, executive producer
2016–present The Detour Nate's Mother 2 episodes

As crew member

Year Title Notes
2016–present The Detour Co-creator, writer, executive producer

Published works

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Canadian Comedy Award Film – Pretty Funny Performance – Female Ham & Cheese Nominated
Television – Pretty Funny Female Performance The Daily Show Won
2009 Best Performance by a Female – Film Coopers' Camera Won
2012 Best Performance by a Female – Television Good God Nominated
2013 Canadian Screen Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role or Guest Role in a Comedic Series Nominated
2016 Television Critics Association Awards[50] Outstanding Achievement in News and Information Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Won
Individual Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Gold Derby Awards[51] Best Variety Performer Won
Primetime Emmy Award[52] Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award[53] Best Talk Show Nominated
Producers Guild of America Awards[54] Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television Nominated
Dorian Awards[55][56] TV Current Affairs Show of the Year Won
Wilde Wit of the Year Nominated
2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards[57] Best Host Pending


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