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Join Samantha Bee and Variety’s Kate Aurthur for an exclusive Q&A interview and screening of Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on June 30 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET in the Variety Streaming Room presented by TBS.
Samantha Bee has quickly established herself as having one of the most unique and sharp comedic voices on television with her late-night show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Bee began her career performing as a member of the all-female sketch comedy troupe The Atomic Fireballs.
In 2016, Bee received global recognition from the success of her weekly late- night comedy series, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, which premiered Monday, February 8, 2016 on TBS. Full Frontal offers a unique satirical take on weekly news and explores other important stories in-depth that have been largely overlooked by more traditional media outlets. Full Frontal received rave reviews, and the show was picked up by TBS for a full season within weeks of its premiere, and renewed for a second season. In a landscape of male late-night talk show hosts, critics have appreciated Bee’s “fiery and fierce” delivery (The New York Times) and have embraced Full Frontal as a “daring, innovative addition to the late-night slate” (Entertainment Weekly). The show is now in its fifth season and has since gone on to receive multiple awards and nominations, including 17 Emmy nominations and even winning the Television Academy Honor Award in 2018.
Bee hosted the wildly successful “Not The White House Correspondents Dinner” on April 29, 2017, the evening of the traditional White House Correspondents Dinner. Her event celebrated a free and open press under the Trump administration, which was presented on TBS. The special itself was nominated for four primetime Emmy Awards, and won in the category of “Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special.” Bee then went on to host the second “Not The White House Correspondents Dinner” on April 27, 2019.
In addition to her own show, Bee is known for her work on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show’s “Best F#@king News Team,” which, she joined in 2003. Bee departed The Daily Show in 2015 and currently holds the title for being the longest-serving regular Daily Show correspondent of all time (12 years). Additionally, during her time at The Daily Show, Bee was the sole female correspondent from 2006 until 2008.
Bee and her husband Jason Jones also co-created the 10-episode, half-hour comedy series, The Detour, which, ran for a successful four seasons.
Bee’s most recent project, Swimsuit Competition, is a production company formed in 2018, alongside former Full Frontal with Samantha Bee producer, Kristen Everman. They have a first-look deal with TBS to develop original content.