Samantha Bee gained international recognition for her recurring role as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" (1996-), baring the distinction of being the first "Daily Show" corresponde...
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|Married Jason Jones|
|Became a mother|
|Began recurring role on "Bored to Death"|
|Worked with Woody Allen in "Whatever Works"|
|Became a correspondent for "The Daily Show"|
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Bee was interested in pursuing drama from an early age; she traveled to Montreal to study theater at Canada's prestigious McGill University, and upon returning to Toronto after college, joined a succession of sketch comedy troupes, including Catch 21 and The Atomic Fireballs. While performing in The Atomic Fireballs, she managed to get on the radar of "The Daily Show" producers, who are always looking for fresh comedic talent to bring onto the program, and surely aware that Canada turns out an astonishingly high rate of comedians per capita.
Bee began her tenure with "The Daily Show" in 2003, and in her time with the series, explored numerous quirky and eccentric topics, such as the lack of Asian male stars in the porn industry (who knew?), the quizzical case of fossil fuel producers and distributors who claim to be environmentalists and the enervating reality of undecided voters in American presidential elections. Bee's style was characterized by her underhanded, subtle wit, which enabled her to mock interview subjects openly and directly without those subjects understanding that they were the target of her ridicule. (It probably didn't hurt that plenty of those interview subjects weren't exactly the sharpest thumbtacks in the box.)
However, Bee was not only confined to in-the-field segments; she often contributed to the program from inside the studios of "The Daily Show." In one recurring segment called "So You Want To Bee A " she informed host Jon Stewart of "easy" ways to get certain jobs, but with a mocking exaggeration, indicating that getting those jobs was hardly as easy as indicated. Bee also made a habit of playing off of her husband, correspondent Jason Jones, in various segments, oftentimes taking advantage of their marital status to poke fun at the institution of marriage, as they did when they interviewed gay newlyweds who had just been married in New York. While the legalization of gay marriage was certainly cause to celebrate for New Yorkers, Bee and Jones were able to hilariously point out all the frustrating aspects of life those married couples will now have to contend with. Bee also incorporated her personal life into her comedy on the program by featuring her pregnancy in various segments -- she had three children with Jones, all of which were born during her time at "The Daily Show."
Her noteworthy performances were not confined to that news satire, however. She featured in a recurring role on the HBO series "Bored To Death" as Renee, a lesbian who, along with her partner, steals Zach Galifianakis' sperm in order to have a baby. The role enabled Bee to expand upon the snarky, sarcastic persona she created for herself on "The Daily Show." Ironically, her next high-profile TV role enabled Bee to double back on her correspondent role on "The Daily Show;" in The Movie Network's series "Good God," Bee played Shandy Sommers, a conservative news anchor at an ultra-conservative news network.
|"Sex with my first boyfriend was a little bit like learning how to put in a tampon, but only half as enjoyable!" -- from Bee's book I Know I Am, But What Are You?|
|"I was playing with my dollies at the time -- getting them ready for bed, putting their hair in pin curls -- when [my mother] tossed [a book] at me. It was this little red book. It wasn't a scientific book. It was just a book that described every sex act imaginable. And I was an avid reader so I opened up the book and I started reading and man, I had questions." -- from NPR, June 2, 2010|
|"It's really nice that they hired Jason because that makes it a lot easier on me because we have adult time together. Being at work is kind of like being on a date minus the S-E-X." -- from NPR, June 2, 2010|
|"I've spoken to a lot of lapsed Catholics since I wrote the book and we all had a crush on Jesus. I mean, he was really designed that way for young girls to find him sexy and attractive. ... I can instantly recall the guy who played Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth -- I mean, that was a really important part of it for me. I wouldn't have been interested in it at all if he hadn't had dazzling blue eyes and wonderful silky hair. I mean, would any of us?" -- from NPR, June 2, 2010|
|"The people I really feel sorry for are all the writers out there who wrote these outrageous comedic romps about a grossly unqualified person who goes on to become a Vice Presidential candidate in a hotly contested presidential race. With hilarious results. They must be so bummed." -- from The Onion A/V Club, Oct. 21, 2008|
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