Bee in February 2011
|Residence||New York City, New York, United States|
|Alma mater||University of Ottawa|
|Spouse||Jason Jones (m. 2001)|
Samantha Bee (born October 25, 1969) 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. Bee is best known for being a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she became the longest-serving regular correspondent. In 2015, she departed the show after 12 years to start her own show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
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." 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, 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. Bee later enrolled in the George Brown Theatre School in Toronto.
Bee started auditioning for acting roles in Toronto while working as a waitress. At age 26 Bee toured with a stage production of Sailor Moon where she played the title role. Bee performed in Sailor Moon's "A" cast and future husband Jason Jones was a member of the "B" cast.
Bee was one of the four founding members of Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs. The Fireballs were all women. Demonstrating mutual support, the group would try to perform as many of each others' ideas as they could.
The Daily Show
Bee then became a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on July 10, 2003. 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; "They So Horny?", 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; "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."
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. The film marked Bee's first starring role. She won a Canadian Comedy Award for "Pretty Funny Female Performance" for her role.
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". 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.
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. Bee was recognized with a 2005 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female TV Performance for her work on The Daily Show. In 2009, she appeared in the original cast of Love, Loss, and What I Wore. That same year, she had a cameo role in the comedy Whatever Works, written and directed by Woody Allen.
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. Bee departed The Daily Show on April 30, 2015. Her new show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, debuted on February 8, 2016. With the program's debut, Bee became the first woman to host a late-night satire show. 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. The first season of Full Frontal generated critical acclaim and in November 2016, the show was renewed for a second season throughout 2017.
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.
Bee has credited Jon Stewart as one of her major influences, 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, and Joan Rivers.
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.
On January 24, 2008, Bee announced a second pregnancy on air during a bit about the media's coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign. In 2008, their second child, Fletcher Bee-Jones, was born. Their third child, a daughter named Ripley, was born in late 2010. During her third pregnancy, Bee joked she and Jones were "just procreating like we're farmers."
|2004||Ham & Cheese||Beth Goodson|
|2008||Coopers' Camera||Nancy Cooper|
|The Love Guru||Cinnabon Cashier|
|2009||Whatever Works||Chess Mother|
|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|
|TBA||Elliot the Littlest Reindeer||Hazel (voice)||Filming|
|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|
|2013–2016||Creative Galaxy||Mom (voice)||21 episodes|
|2014||The Michael J. Fox Show||Dr. Young||Episode: "Surprise"|
|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||The Detour||Nate's Mother||Episode: "The Hotel"|
As crew member
|2016–present||The Detour||Co-creator, writer, executive producer|
- America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner Books, September 2004) ISBN 978-0-446-53268-6.
- Bee, Samantha (2010). I Know I Am, But What Are You?. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1-4391-4273-8.
Awards and nominations
|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||Outstanding Achievement in News and Information||Full Frontal with Samantha Bee||Won|
|Individual Achievement in Comedy||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Variety Performer||Won|
|Online Film & Television Association Award||Best Female Performance in a Variety Program||Nominated|
|Best Writing of a Variety Program||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Talk Show||Nominated|
|Producers Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television||Nominated|
|Dorian Awards||TV Current Affairs Show of the Year||Won|
|Wilde Wit of the Year||Nominated|
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this year's election marks the first time she and her husband, fellow former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones, would be able to vote since they now have dual citizenship
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