Emmy-winning late night talk show host & political satirist Stephen Colbert has been deaf in one ear since he was a kid. He lost most of his hearing in that ear after a surgery to remove a "weird tumour" in his ear as a child.
Despite losing his hearing, Colbert remains an active and successful voice in politics. He often speaks out about issues related to healthcare, abortion and immigration. He also supports the Medicare for All initiative.
In 2010, he testified before the US Congress to expand legal rights for undocumented migrant laborers, a speech that was met with controversy.
He has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement, and he was an early proponent of the use of a teleprompter to record the president's speeches in the White House. He has also argued for the elimination of gender roles in the workplace.
On Monday, the CBS talk show host addressed the arrests of his production team during a segment in Washington, DC, last week, and pointed out that they had permission to film at the Capitol. The team, which included comedian Robert Smigel's puppet "Triumph the Insult Comic Dog," went to the Capitol to film a skit that focuses on the ongoing public hearings about the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
During the monologue, Colbert pointed out that several members of his production team were arrested in the Capitol for unlawful entry into the congressional office buildings. He then explained that the group went to interview Democratic and Republican Congress members for their views on the 2021 attack.