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Stephen Colbert says, on his show "The Colbert Report," that he is a Dartmouth alumnus. Is this true?

Last updated 04/24/07

Well, sort of: it depends on which Stephen Colbert we're talking about.

The semi-fictional Stephen Colbert, star of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," graduated "in the top 47 percent of his class at Dartmouth, where he majored in history and performed with the all-male a cappella group The Sing Dynasty," as reported in the "biography" found on

In real life, though, comedian-actor-writer Stephen Colbert started his undergraduate career at Hampden-Sydney College, but transferred to Northwestern University's School of Communication, where he became involved in the improvisational troupe ImprovOlympic before moving on to Chicago's legendary Second City comedy troupe. The rest, as they say, is "truthiness."

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Last updated: 04/24/07