Samantha Bee has received much praise from critics in her career as a comedian, writer, political commentator, and TV presenter. The Canadian-American television correspondent came to the spotlight as a regular correspondent on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she spent a record 12 years.
After leaving The Daily Show in 2015, the multi-talented media personality moved on to her own show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. There could not have been a better time to launch the show than her debut on February 8, 2016, in the run-up to the extremely heated US presidential election in 2016. Since Samantha Bee is no stranger to the political terrain of the United States, she immediately took part in the conversation, engaging with the political establishment in the most brutal and outspoken manner under the guise of witty humor.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee was a huge success with viewers and critics alike, as she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in her first season. The series also received 4 Emmy nominations in 2017, including a win for the episode “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner”.
Samantha Bee Bio
Samantha Jamie Bee was born on 25 October 1969 in Ontario, Canada, as the daughter of Debra and Ronald Bee. Her parents’ marriage broke up after her birth and signaled the beginning of an unconventional childhood for her.
She was raised by her grandmother and also divided some of her time between her parents’ homes. The young Bee received her high school education at Humberside Collegiate Institute and York Memorial Collegiate Institute.
After her college education at the George Brown Theatre School in Toronto, the comedienne founded an all-female sketch-comedy troupe called “The Atomic Fireballs”. Bee performed with the group for some time without pay, while working as a waitress to pay her bills. Although she didn’t earn any money while performing with the group, she received the necessary training to take her place in the Daily Show in due course.
Samantha Bee’s Husband
Samantha Bee is married to the Canadian actor and producer Jason Jones. The two met in 1996 as members of a theatre company during a stage production. On October 3, 2001, they entered into a marriage and their relationship has remained unshaken ever since. Together they have 3 children, 2 daughters, and a son.
The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Piper Bee-Jones, in January 2006 and their second child, a son named Fletcher Bee-Jones, on 20 June 2008. In October 2010 they welcomed their third child, a daughter named Ripley Bee-Jones.
Given that the couple met at work, it is not surprising that they continue to work together on several other projects. Like his wife, Jason Jones joined The Daily Show as a freelance correspondent in 2005. In the absence of then-presenter Jon Stewart, the couple hosted an episode of The Daily Show on October 7, 2014.
In 2016, Samantha and Jason jointly created the sitcom The Detour, which premiered on TBS on April 11, 2016. Jason Jones is also the executive producer of the Emmy-nominated political satire show Full Frontal of his wife with Samantha Bee.
Facts About The Australian-Canadian Comedian
Samantha Bee has won several awards for her highly successful appearance on the Daily Show and has also written a lot of history. She became the first female correspondent on The Daily Show when she joined the show in 2003. Until 2008, when Kristen Schaal joined The Daily Show, she remained the only lady in The Daily Show series.
The talented comedienne became the series’ longest female correspondent in 2011, after surpassing the record previously set by Stephen Colbert (1997-2005).
Bee was also the first non-US correspondent in the series. She was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2014, 11 years after joining the Daily Show correspondent team.
After leaving The Daily Show, Samantha Bee remained unstoppable, continuing to set trends and smash glass ceilings. When Full Frontal debuted with Samantha Bee in 2016, Samantha Bee was the only female presenter in the male-dominated world of nocturnal political satire.
The comedienne also brought a certain diversity to the world of nighttime talk shows. Fifty percent of her entire frontal writing team are women, while thirty percent are colored, making the show one of the most diverse on late-night television.
In 2017, Samantha Bee was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.