Samantha Jamie Bee (born October 25, 1969) 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. In 2015, she departed the show after 12 years to start her own show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Bee in December 2017
|Birth name||Samantha Jamie Bee|
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
United States (2014–present)
|Alma mater||University of Ottawa|
|Spouse||Jason Jones (m. 2001)|
Early life and education
Bee was born in Toronto, Ontario, the daughter of Debra and Ronald Bee. 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." 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 titular 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 other's ideas as they could.
2003–2014: The Daily Show
Bee became a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on July 10, 2003. 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. 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 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."
She 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. The film marked Bee's first starring role. She won a Canadian Comedy Award for "Pretty Funny Female Performance" for her role. Jones joined The Daily Show as a correspondent in 2005, two years after his wife. Jones became a freelance correspondent for the show while Bee reduced her workload during her pregnancy.
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 recognized with a 2005 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female TV Performance for her work on The Daily Show.
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. That same year, she had a small role in the comedy Whatever Works, written and directed by Woody Allen.
Bee authored the book I Know I Am, But What Are You?, which was published in 2010. She became the longest-serving regular Daily Show correspondent after passing Stephen Colbert's record in 2011. The same year, Bee collaborated with her longtime friend Allana Harkin on the parenting blog "Eating Over the Sink" for the online magazine Babble. 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. On October 7, 2014, in the absence of Jon Stewart, she co-hosted The Daily Show with Jones.
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. 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.
Bee is an executive producer of the TBS comedy series The Detour (2016–present), which she created with her husband, Jason Jones. One year into Bee's run on Full Frontal, Time named Bee one of the 100 most influential people in the world. On April 29, 2017, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee hosted "Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner" which aired on TBS the same evening. In July 2017, Bee's "Nasty Woman Shirt" campaign raised over $1 million for Planned Parenthood. 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.
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.
In 2001, Bee married actor Jason Jones, whom she first met in 1996. They reside in Manhattan, New York. In January 2006, she gave birth to Piper Bee-Jones; she 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)||Post-production|
|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||Also co-producer|
|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|
|2012–2017||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|
|2013–2017||Creative Galaxy||Mom (voice)||22 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–present||The Detour||Nate's Mother||2 episodes|
|2017||The History of Comedy||Herself||2 episodes|
As crew member
|2016–present||The Detour||Co-creator, writer, executive producer|
- 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?. 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.
Awards and nominations
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- The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, December 2, 2005.
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- O'Connell, Michael (July 13, 2017). "'Nasty Woman' (and Emmy Nominee) Samantha Bee Hits $1 Million Goal for Planned Parenthood". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
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- Kreps, Daniel (October 1, 2016). "Samantha Bee on 2016 Election: 'I Want It to Be Over So Badly'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
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
- Sullivan, Margaret (July 27, 2016). "Samantha Bee says her show isn't influential. Don't believe her". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
Samantha Bee has been a United States citizen for only a couple of years
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- "The Women's Media Center Announces The 2016 Women's Media Awards Honorees". Women's Media Center. September 21, 2016. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
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- "Gold Derby TV Awards 2016: 'People v. O.J. Simpson' leads winners, 'Game of Thrones' & 'Veep' also prevail". Gold Derby. September 7, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
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